100

Empire

Enormous fun.
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90

Salon.com

By Charles Taylor
Director Brian De Palma is having too much fun zipping around curves and hitting the accelerator to slow down. He's a supremely confident engineer, and if you're game enough to make a jump for it and hold on, he offers the giddy excitement of watching the ground rush by beneath your dangling feet.
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75

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
It's a movie of profoundly convoluted pop pleasures. Between dazzling suspense sequences, it invites the audience to work for a good time.
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75

USA Today

By Mike Clark
Stylish, brisk but lacking in human dimension despite an attractive cast. [22 May 1996, p. D1]
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
The bottom line on a film like this is, Tom Cruise looks cool and holds our attention while doing neat things that we don't quite understand--doing them so quickly and with so much style that we put our questions on hold, and go with the flow.
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63

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
This movie isn't a disaster, but, all things considered, there's little reason to make it a high priority for theatrical viewing.
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50

Austin Chronicle

By Steve Davis
Whatever the reason for its disappointments, Mission: Impossible is a mission gone awry, prompting you to hope that reruns of its television incarnation will pop up on cable soon.
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50

TV Guide

The result is a gracefully plotted spy film in the classic mode, with just enough self-consciousness to keep things interesting.
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50

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
Some of the suspense set-pieces are impressive, but the picture would pack a greater wallop if it were stitched together more tightly and consistently.
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25

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
It's the worst kind of convoluted thriller -- it can never unravel satisfactorily because there's nothing simple at its center, just more confusion.
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60 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
Metascore® based on all critic reviews. Scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.