Mission: Impossible Reviews

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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.
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.
May 20, 2008
Nimble, expertly contrived summer entertainment that doesn't insult the intelligence.
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.
January 8, 2005
A solid piece of summer escapist entertainment.
May 14, 2003
Check your brain at the door, wallow in the special effects, and ride it out until September when good old-fashioned action will once again prevail.
September 10, 2002
I was riveted.
April 17, 2002
A non-stop fun run through Europe and the CIA headquarters.
January 1, 2000
Stylish, brisk but lacking in human dimension.
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