Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol 2011

Critics score:
93 / 100

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Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine: I'm thinking it, so I might as well say it: Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol is no Fast Five. Read more

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David Germain, Associated Press: Whatever the movie's shortcomings, director Bird more than compensates with a bullet train of action and an arsenal of cool gadgets. Maybe making cartoons has expanded his conception of what's possible in a live film. Read more

Glenn Kenny, MSN Movies: ...it's pretty much state-of-the-art. Read more

Manohla Dargis, New York Times: Gets back to action basics with globe-trotting, nifty gadgets, high-flying stunts and less loquacious villainy. Read more

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Keith Uhlich, Time Out: After two lazy, near unwatchable sequels, the Mission: Impossible juggernaut gets a bit of a kick in the pants from Iron Giant and Incredibles helmer Brad Bird. Read more

Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal: It's not the generic plot that's so memorable, even though its convolutions are clever enough, or the cast of mostly interesting characters, but the surreal swirl of form and color that frequently fills the enormous screen. Read more

Claudia Puig, USA Today: Mission:Impossible - Ghost Protocol is easily the best of the lot. Read more

Soren Anderson, Seattle Times: The plot is simply an excuse to show off all that whiz-bang technology. Read more

Keith Phipps, AV Club: Bird brings a scary amount of assurance to Ghost Protocol. His action scenes are clean, coherent, thrilling, and visceral... Read more

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Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic: Bird is an interesting choice for the franchise and, as it turns out, a pretty inspired one. Read more

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Wesley Morris, Boston Globe: In its way, the movie has old-Hollywood elegance. The scope and sets are vast, tall, and cavernous, but Bird scales down for spatial intimacy. Read more

J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader: As usual with the series, the movie combines a plot line a toddler could understand with gadgets that would baffle an engineering Ph.D. Read more

Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune: Manages to be a pretty good time for much of its overgenerous 132 minutes. Read more

Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor: Ghost Protocol is a very good thrill ride and Cruise is better than he's been in a long time. Read more

Chris Vognar, Dallas Morning News: The literal and figurative high point of Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol comes at about the halfway point, in and around the tallest building in the world in Dubai. Read more

Tom Long, Detroit News: Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol is top-notch popcorn entertainment, chock-full of dazzling stunts and heroic moments, played out at a near-hysterical pitch. Read more

Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly: Powered by Cruise's moxie, Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol proves that in a Hollywood action-ride culture drenched in fake adrenaline, it's cathartic to encounter the real thing. Read more

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William Goss, Film.com: Just as newly gritty heroes seem to have run their course (fingers crossed), Cruise and Bird are doing their damnedest to maintain the escapist thrills that we as audiences will always choose to accept. Read more

Todd McCarthy, Hollywood Reporter: Wall-to-wall action in a spectacular, if repetitive, fourth series entry. Read more

Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times: Bird has done a stylish and involving job here, turning in an entertaining production that's got considerable visual flair, especially in its action-heavy Imax sections. Read more

Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald: The wait for a great action movie is finally over. Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol is pure popcorn of the highest, most flavorful order, and it's good for you, too. Read more

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David Denby, New Yorker: "Mission: Impossible-Ghost Protocol" is sheer hurtling mechanism-and it's great silly fun. Read more

Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger: The eye-candy - from high-tech gadgets to gorgeous people - has only been ratcheted up. And so has the excitement. Read more

Ian Buckwalter, NPR: This film exists purely to dazzle and thrill, and by that measure, it delivers expertly, never lagging despite a lengthy 133-minute running time. Read more

Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News: There's a good chance you'll get so caught up in what they're doing, you won't even notice how stiff and inhuman the actors appear. Read more

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Lou Lumenick, New York Post: A largely successful attempt to reboot the moribund franchise that turns out to be probably the most entertaining installment since Brian De Palma's series opener from 15 years ago. Read more

Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer: Though not quite as front-to-finish satisfying as J.J. Abrams' Mission: Impossible III, Bird's installment nonetheless rocks. Read more

James Berardinelli, ReelViews: Ghost Protocol is big and brassy, doing many of the things its predecessors did but, in the words of Nigel Tufnel, turning them up to "11." Read more

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times: "Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol" is a terrific thriller with action sequences that function as a kind of action poetry. Read more

Peter Travers, Rolling Stone: This is Cruise's show and the actor brings the role a startling athletic grace and becoming maturity. If someone asks you what a true movie star is, point to Cruise. Read more

Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com: The most exciting action flick of the year, by a huge margin. Read more

Amy Biancolli, San Francisco Chronicle: Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol was directed by Brad Bird (The Incredibles), whose first stab at a live-action feature preserves the buzzy exhilaration and carefree absurdity of a cartoon. Read more

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Dan Kois, Slate: Along with many other things, the fourth Mission: Impossible movie also functions as a primer on how to use IMAX technology to immerse an audience. Read more

Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune: [Bird's] fresh touch gives breathless energy, tremendous excitement and, above all, humor to what could have been a wearying genre exercise. Read more

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Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch: [Bird] applies the pacing and spatial freedom of a 'toon to a live-action thriller. Read more

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Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail: [A] big, shiny, ever-moving toy of a movie. Read more

Alonso Duralde, TheWrap: It's a rousing gasp machine that gives the flagging franchise the kick in the pants it sorely needed, and it marks the most impressive segue from cartoons to features since Pee-Wee's Big Adventure. Read more

Tom Huddleston, Time Out: Bird relishes the chance to play with real people - the central suspense sequence, in which Hunt scales Dubai's Burj Khalifa one-handed, is dizzyingly effective, particularly in IMAX - and the pace rarely slows. Read more

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Peter Howell, Toronto Star: The real mission is to renew a stale franchise, and here Ghost Protocol largely succeeds, on the strength of good action scenes - including an IMAX-enhanced Dubai skyscraper dangle by Cruise - and the good humour of a well-chosen cast. Read more

Justin Chang, Variety: It's a movie of dazzling individual parts that don't come together to fully satisfying effect in the final stretch. Read more

Nick Pinkerton, Village Voice: If the M:I films are immune to the tarnish on the Cruise brand, it's precisely because their spectacle requires us to be impressed by Ethan Hunt, not to like him. Read more

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Ann Hornaday, Washington Post: Possesses the requisite number of expertly choreographed how'd-they-do-that scenes, as well as some terrific supporting performances from "Mission: Impossible" veterans and newcomers. Read more