Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation 2015

Critics score:
93 / 100

Reviews provided by RottenTomatoes

Jocelyn Noveck, Associated Press: It shouldn't surprise you by now to hear that Cruise apparently flirted with on-set danger here, too. And it's impossible to deny that this knowledge adds to the fun. Read more

Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times: With Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation, we're getting the best Bond movie since Casino Royale in 2006. Read more

Kyle Smith, New York Post: "Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation" is a sigh of defeat. Now Tom's only goal is to give us a kickboxing fight or a motorcycle chase every eight minutes, and hope for the best. Read more

Justin Chang, Variety: At once questioning and reaffirming the pleasures of cinematic espionage, this is the rare sequel that leaves its franchise feeling not exhausted but surprisingly resurgent at 19 years and counting. Read more

A.A. Dowd, AV Club: Rogue Nation, like the similarly propulsive Ghost Protocol, often feels like a pure instrument of fun, dragging Hunt through an ongoing series of precarious situations. Read more

Kerry Lengel, Arizona Republic: McQuarrie delivers a tense, eye-popping amusement-park ride that's almost as exciting as it is forgettable. Read more

Ty Burr, Boston Globe: You can discuss the incongruities on the drive home; while the movie's playing, you're having too much fun getting manhandled by experts. Read more

J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader: Five movies in, Cruise has perfected the M:I formula -- a simple spy story, passable character comedy, and extremely long, impressively sustained action sequences. Read more

Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune: The most assured and satisfying of the five so far ... Read more

Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor: Writer-director Christopher McQuarrie, whose action movie skills are at best high-adequate, compensates by being good at interpersonal stuff. He can make us feel for the characters as something more than action toys. Read more

Tom Long, Detroit News: "Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation" is industrial-strength, stunt-stuffed, thoroughly soulless, yet eminently watchable cinema. Read more

Cary Darling, Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com: The franchise has a lot in common with Old Faithful: it's a popular attraction; predictable as clockwork; and features acts of nature - a geyser of boiling water in one case, Tom Cruise's abs in the other - that remain impressive after all these years. Read more

Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment Weekly: Rogue Nation may not be the best, the tightest, or even the most logically coherent M:I flick, but there should be more movies like it: relentlessly thrilling, smart entertainments ... Read more

Robert Wilonsky, Dallas Morning News: This is comfort-food cinema. Gorge on the endless buffet. Read more

Todd McCarthy, Hollywood Reporter: The protagonists' dilemmas are quite extreme, the surprises come in all sizes and the ultra-smooth professionalism displayed in all departments early on encourages the sense that you're in good hands, a feeling that ends up being justified. Read more

Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times: Cruise has played Ethan Hunt so often it would be understandable if he phoned it in, but one of the pleasures of "Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation" is that he doesn't. Read more

Amy Nicholson, L.A. Weekly: You'll never see Cruise playing an effortless comic book immortal - his characters are at their best when their backs are to the wall. Read more

Randy Myers, San Jose Mercury News: After taking a few stabs at the right formula, the series has finally found its voice, and Ethan Hunt and company give James Bond a real run for his blockbuster money. Read more

Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald: For about 90 minutes or so, Rogue Nation is grandly exciting. But in the final half-hour, McQuarrie makes a critical mistake: He starts taking this enjoyable nonsense seriously. Read more

Anthony Lane, New Yorker: Of the many heists and grabs that litter the movie, none is as blatant as the deft, irrepressible manner in which Ferguson, displaying a light smile and a brisk way with a knife, steals the show. Read more

Chris Klimek, NPR: The most reliable blockbuster series going: Five films, some weirder than others, but not a stinker in the bunch. Read more

Stephen Whitty, New York Daily News: It's full of attractive people, gorgeous locations, loathsome bad guys and a pounding score that ties it all together. This is what the "Fast and Furious" movies want to be, and the Bond pictures used to. Read more

Manohla Dargis, New York Times: "Rogue Nation" is pretty much like most of the "Impossible" movies in that it's an immense machine that Mr. McQuarrie, after tinkering and oiling, has cranked up again and set humming ... Read more

Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer: There's a difference between velocity and momentum, and while the chases, shootouts and close-quarters combat rarely flag, our interest does. Read more

James Berardinelli, ReelViews: Hopefully, the reception will be positive because, on the strength of this outing, a sixth big-screen impossible mission is warranted. Read more

Peter Travers, Rolling Stone: Cruise fires up everything he has as actor and athlete, showing that Mission: Impossible still has gas in its tank even when its engine sputters. Read more

Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times: The Intense Tom Cruise Face - you know the expression I mean, where he looks like he's about to explode and/or start yelling, but doesn't - makes frequent appearances, as does the trademark arm-chopping Tom Cruise Run. Read more

Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle: McQuarrie devises a film that's a succession of riveting sequences, filmed in a way that's active and yet elegant. Read more

Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune: Immersive, unpredictable and crammed with more sharp plot hooks than a fishing basket. It's one of the best wide-release movies of the summer. Read more

Calvin Wilson, St. Louis Post-Dispatch: "Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation" proves that a summer flick can be as smart as it is exciting. Read more

Christopher Orr, The Atlantic: You don't overcome the "impossible" by thinking it over a little more carefully. You overcome it through the application of sheer, unvarnished willpower, a quality that Cruise has always possessed in abundance. Read more

Barry Hertz, Globe and Mail: Everything, even Alec Baldwin's tight and itchy turn as a CIA buzzkill, is mere window-dressing to Cruise's attempts to kill himself on-screen. Read more

Peter Howell, Toronto Star: At age 53, Tom Cruise is still a credible action hero. But this time, Rebecca Ferguson really gives him a run for his money, and his heart. Read more

Alonso Duralde, TheWrap: Doesn't do anything particularly wrong inasmuch as it overdoes something right - by the time we reach the final chase/shoot-out/hand-to-hand combat set piece, a bit of ice-cream-headache fatigue has begun to set in. Read more

Tom Huddleston, Time Out: Tom Cruise goes through the motions in this diverting but empty blockbuster. Read more

Steve Tilley, Toronto Sun: While certainly not a disappointment, Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation sticks too closely to the franchise formula. And unlike its buff star, the whole thing is starting to show its age. Read more

Brian Truitt, USA Today: The action bonanza gets a little lost in its own spycraft, but offers action scenes both fast and furious and a fabulous couple of additions to the world of the IMF (short for Impossible Mission Force, obviously). Read more

David Edelstein, New York Magazine/Vulture: Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation doesn't have the nonsensical lyricism of Brad Bird's stupendous Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, but it's still pretty good. Read more

Ann Hornaday, Washington Post: As much as Cruise dominates "Rogue Nation," it's his co-star, Rebecca Ferguson, who emerges as the film's true and most memorable revelation. Read more

Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal: At the age of 53 Mr. Cruise continues to give his all to these films, and his all in this latest episode is more than enough. Read more