The most dour, sexless piece of escapism in memory.
Humorless, charmless and flat.
-Hal HinsonFull Review
This movie isn't a disaster, but, all things considered, there's little reason to make it a high priority for theatrical viewing.
-James BerardinelliFull Review
Exciting, smart and enormously enjoyable.
-Desson ThomsonFull Review
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 RosenbaumFull Review
It's the worst kind of convoluted thriller -- it can never unravel satisfactorily because there's nothing simple at its center, just more confusion.
-Mick LaSalleFull Review
A sleek, stunningly made movie.
-Charles TaylorFull Review
Stylish, brisk but lacking in human dimension.
A sleek, whooshingly entertaining update of the vintage television series.
-Stephen HoldenFull Review
Too devious for its own good.
A fun and diverting summer movie, well worth the price of admission.
An infinite trailer that is all effects, no affect.
Tom Cruise looks cool and holds our attention while doing neat things that we don't quite understand.
-Roger EbertFull Review
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.
The film is painful in at least one way - its waste of good actors.
Smart, ambitious, occasionally elegant.
-Susan StarkFull Review
Destined to satisfy the thrill junkie and the sophisticate alike.
-Joe BaltakeFull Review
What used to be an IMF team effort turned into another star vehicle for Tom Cruise.
-John J. PuccioFull Review
Sensational, implausible, irresistible to teens.
-Randy WhiteFull Review
De Palma has a choppy, episodic sense of story, and he crafts individual scenes rather than telling a single unified story.
-Steven D. GreydanusFull Review
It's a mission De Palma shouldn't have chosen to accept.
-Rob GonsalvesFull Review
Unlike most action films, Mission: Impossible's distinct appeal operates not so much on suspense but on improbability.
-Zach CampbellFull Review
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.
Mission: Impossible helps remind us why the 1990s was such a powerhouse decade for great movies.
-Jason ZingaleFull Review
...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 NusairFull Review
Each scene in and of itself plays very interestingly, even if they don't always logically lead one into the next scene.
-Jeffrey M. AndersonFull Review