Mission: Impossible Reviews

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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.
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.
Top Critic
May 20, 2008
The most dour, sexless piece of escapism in memory.
January 23, 2006
An incredibly boring and confusing espionage thriller...So inept on so many levels that it could easily be called The Bonfire of the Secret Agents.
April 9, 2005
Unfortunately, two scenes and a screwed up script, plus a big plot disappointment, do not a recommendation make.
January 18, 2002
Humorless, charmless and flat.
January 1, 2000
The film is full of cockeyed angles, extreme close-ups, flashbacks and slow-motion, as DePalma tries to create the illusion that somewhere buried in all the busy detail of plot, something is actually at stake in Mission: Impossible.
January 1, 2000
The film is painful in at least one way - its waste of good actors.
January 1, 2000
There are just a few groovy special effects and a practically incomprehensible story which we finally can't work up enough energy to care about.
January 1, 2000
A mission gone awry, prompting you to hope that reruns of its television incarnation will pop up on cable soon.
January 1, 2000
Too devious for its own good.
January 1, 2000
The title makes promises that the script cannot fulfill. There are better spy films that have come and gone with far less fanfare.
January 1, 2000
It's the worst kind of convoluted thriller -- it can never unravel satisfactorily because there's nothing simple at its center, just more confusion.
January 1, 2000
This movie isn't a disaster, but, all things considered, there's little reason to make it a high priority for theatrical viewing.
January 1, 2000
Great start, but the movie keeps fighting its own internal logic.
January 1, 2000
Starts with a whimper... and, you guessed it... self-destructs.
January 1, 2000
Every effect is so calculated that only the conscious minds of filmmakers and viewers are engaged--and not by very much or for very long.
January 1, 2000
Not so much noir as it is flat
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