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100
Empire
Enormous fun.
90
Salon.com
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.
75
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.
75
Entertainment Weekly
It's a movie of profoundly convoluted pop pleasures. Between dazzling suspense sequences, it invites the audience to work for a good time.
75
USA Today
Stylish, brisk but lacking in human dimension despite an attractive cast. [22 May 1996, p. D1]
63
ReelViews
This movie isn't a disaster, but, all things considered, there's little reason to make it a high priority for theatrical viewing.
50
Christian Science Monitor
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.
50
The result is a gracefully plotted spy film in the classic mode, with just enough self-consciousness to keep things interesting.
50
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.
25
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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