Mission: Impossible Reviews

Page 1 of 3
December 7, 2018
There are some standout action sequences, and that's what really makes it worth a look back.
August 20, 2018
If we're going by a comparison to James Bond, while I love me a good Bond film, Mission: Impossible is miles ahead of that entire franchise in its treatment of female characters.
July 25, 2018
It's all very ambitious and very creative and very wonderful to watch...the first Mission: Impossible remains the closest to perfect that any Mission: Impossible movie has ever been.
June 1, 2018
De Palma's film has some stunning sequences... But the movie so betrayed the spirit of the original TV series, by betraying the spirit and integrity of a formerly unimpeachable character, that the entire project smelled of cynicism.
January 5, 2018
The "set" pieces of this film come off like clockwork, but there's no connective tissue -- no story line, no solid characterization, etc. In the end, De Palma's work seems full of sound and visual fury without signifying much of anything.
January 2, 2016
The film tries to push against its genre, and the auteurist flourishes are unmistakable.
July 27, 2015
Still holds up as a fun, unique entry in the action spy genre and launched Tom Cruise's second career arc as an action megastar.
December 5, 2011
What used to be an IMF team effort turned into another star vehicle for Tom Cruise.
September 7, 2011
January 2, 2011
Sensational, implausible, irresistible to teens.
October 29, 2008
De Palma has a choppy, episodic sense of story, and he crafts individual scenes rather than telling a single unified story.
July 18, 2008
It's a mission De Palma shouldn't have chosen to accept.
May 20, 2008
Nimble, expertly contrived summer entertainment that doesn't insult the intelligence.
Top Critic
May 20, 2008
The most dour, sexless piece of escapism in memory.
September 1, 2006
Unlike most action films, Mission: Impossible's distinct appeal operates not so much on suspense but on improbability.
Top Critic
June 24, 2006
Despite the snags, De Palma remains a virtuoso puppet-master, pulling the strings taut in a nail-biting robbery sequence, switching from micro to macro with Hitchcockian panache, and finally letting rip with a hell-for-leather climax.
May 12, 2006
Mission: Impossible helps remind us why the 1990s was such a powerhouse decade for great movies.
May 6, 2006
It's silly, but expertly rendered and ridiculously exhilarating, which is exactly what De Palma does best.
May 6, 2006
...succeeds in offering up several exciting and suspenseful sequences, though one can't help but wish that the dialogue-based moments packed the same sort of punch.
April 14, 2006
Each scene in and of itself plays very interestingly, even if they don't always logically lead one into the next scene.
Page 1 of 3