Parents' Guide to

Mission: Impossible

By Randy White, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Sensational, implausible, violent: Irresistible to teens.

Movie PG-13 1996 110 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 9 parent reviews

age 13+

Excellent...Enough Said!

This film is incredible! Surprisingly, every film in this franchise is very good...except for the second one. My favorite part, though, is definitely the first mission. That’s where the whole group is alive and working together, and it is probably one of the more complex, well-made parts of the entire film. Who knew that Ethan Hunt would go from being an ordinary group member to the star of the series! Excellent film! My favorite movie in the franchise! Highly recommend to people 13 or older.

This title has:

Too much violence
2 people found this helpful.
age 10+

A great movie

I think 10+ year olds should watch it with parents. It says a women gets shot to death but I’m pretty sure that’s not true. There’s also no kissing, I may be wrong. Overall I love this movie. I was 10 when I first watched it and I love it. I personally think Tom cruise does a great job as Ethan. Definitely recommend it to anyone who loves action/adventure. I’m pretty sure theres no drinking/ drugs.

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (9):
Kids say (71):

The Cold War may be over, but the spy genre is alive and well in Tom Cruise and director Brian De Palma's sometimes confusing and implausible thriller. Still, Mission: Impossible has great sets, requisite turncoat agents, high tech espionage, and three thrilling action sequences that will keep action-crazy adolescents on the edge of their seats. The movie unfortunately foregoes plot coherence and plausibility in favor of sensationally shot break-ins and escapes. The CIA headquarters break-in, while exhilarating, is particularly dubious.

Mission: Impossible certainly has a great opening, breaking the rules of the Hollywood thriller by (seemingly) killing off stars (Jon Voigt, Emilio Estevez, Kristin Scott Thomas) in the introductory sequence. De Palma also does a fine job of creating an atmosphere of suspicion; nobody with whom Tom Cruise comes into contact is completely trustworthy. And the action sequences -- in particular the helicopter in the Chunnel -- are some of the best Hollywood has to offer.

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