Mission: Impossible
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After he is framed for the death of several colleagues and falsely branded a traitor, a secret agent embarks on a daring scheme to clear his name in this spy adventure. Though it drew its name from the familiar television series, director Brian DePalma's big-budget adaptation shares little more with the original show than the occasional self-destructing message and the name of team leader Jim Phelps (Jon Voight). The film focuses not on Phelps but his protégé, Ethan Hunt (a reserved Tom Cruise), who becomes a fugitive after taking the blame for a botched operation. He responds by banding… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 61%

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"The most dour, sexless piece of escapism in memory."
‑ , Variety
"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."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"What used to be an IMF team effort turned into another star vehicle for Tom Cruise."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"It's a mission De Palma shouldn't have chosen to accept."
‑ Rob Gonsalves, eFilmCritic.com
"Mission: Impossible helps remind us why the 1990s was such a powerhouse decade for great movies."
‑ Jason Zingale, Bullz-Eye.com
"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."
‑ , Time Out
"Tom Cruise looks cool and holds our attention while doing neat things that we don't quite understand."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Sensational, implausible, irresistible to teens."
‑ Randy White, Common Sense Media
"Nimble, expertly contrived summer entertainment that doesn't insult the intelligence."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"...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."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Humorless, charmless and flat."
‑ Hal Hinson, Washington Post
"Smart, ambitious, occasionally elegant."
‑ Susan Stark, Detroit News
"De Palma has a choppy, episodic sense of story, and he crafts individual scenes rather than telling a single unified story."
‑ Steven D. Greydanus, Decent Films Guide
"Unlike most action films, Mission: Impossible's distinct appeal operates not so much on suspense but on improbability."
‑ Zach Campbell, Slant Magazine
"Each scene in and of itself plays very interestingly, even if they don't always logically lead one into the next scene."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
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