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: May 22, 1996
DVD Release Date: January 17, 1998
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Critic Score: 63% 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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Keith Simanton

A fun and diverting summer movie, well worth the price of admission.

Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

The film tries to push against its genre, and the auteurist flourishes are unmistakable.

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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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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.

Jeffrey Lyles
Lyles' Movie Files

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.

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Hal Hinson
Washington Post

Humorless, charmless and flat.

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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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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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Flixster Audience Score: 71% Flixster User Reviews
Jens S.
Revisiting the first M:I film now with its portrayal of the early internet stages feels like watching cavemen trying to make fire. The agent thriller aspects of… More
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Christopher Heim
The first and still by far my favorite entry in the Mission Impossible franchise. The action is great (Who can forget the iconic vault sequence), DePalma's… More
"I am seeing these movies in an odd order. I seen the last one first, the first one second, and the third one third oddly enough. I have yet to see the… More
Spencer S.
While this film hasn't aged well, (especially when it comes to its use of computer technology), there is a reason that it is a classic action film, and has… More
Dead Angel
Absolutely loved it!