Mission: Impossible
Mission: Impossible (1996)

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… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: January 17, 1998
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Critic Score: 61% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Full of special effects, Brian DePalma's update of Mission: Impossible has a lot of sweeping spectacle, but the plot is sometimes convoluted.


The most dour, sexless piece of escapism in memory.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

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.

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John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis

What used to be an IMF team effort turned into another star vehicle for Tom Cruise.

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Time Out

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.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Tom Cruise looks cool and holds our attention while doing neat things that we don't quite understand.

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Randy White
Common Sense Media

Sensational, implausible, irresistible to teens.

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Hal Hinson
Washington Post

Humorless, charmless and flat.

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Susan Stark
Detroit News

Smart, ambitious, occasionally elegant.

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Steven D. Greydanus
Decent Films Guide

De Palma has a choppy, episodic sense of story, and he crafts individual scenes rather than telling a single unified story.

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