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Mission: Impossible 2 (2000)



Average Rating: 6/10
Reviews Counted: 141
Fresh: 81 | Rotten: 60

Your cranium may crave more substance, but your eyes will feast on the amazing action sequences.


Average Rating: 5.6/10
Critic Reviews: 33
Fresh: 19 | Rotten: 14

Your cranium may crave more substance, but your eyes will feast on the amazing action sequences.



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Director John Woo brings Hong Kong-style martial arts action to this comic book-flavored sequel that eschews the complicated plot and political maneuverings of its predecessor in favor of pure, adrenaline-charged thrills. Tom Cruise returns as Ethan Hunt, an operative for the top-secret government agency IMF (Impossible Missions Force). Fellow agent Sean Ambrose (Dougray Scott) has gone rogue, stealing a sample of a deadly synthetic virus named Chimera that could rapidly wipe out the world's


Mystery & Suspense, Action & Adventure

Robert Towne

Nov 7, 2000

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All Critics (145) | Top Critics (34) | Fresh (81) | Rotten (60) | DVD (29)

Woo lays on his own particular high-octane stylishness so thick the results edge perilously toward self-parody.

March 27, 2009 Full Review Source: Variety | Comment (1)
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For all my profound reservations about the whole project, I wound up liking it more, or, at least disliking it less, than I had anticipated. Thandie Newton is the biggest reason.

April 27, 2007 Full Review Source: New York Observer
New York Observer
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Woo's hysterically hyper visuals and boytoy gimmickry can't camouflage the emptiness of the enterprise.

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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Despite Cruise's attempts here to be Byronic, there's something strenuous about his soulfulness; he turns everything, even repose, into calisthenics.

January 16, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture
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It's fun. It's laughable. It has moments of excitement, moments of sheer idiocy and moments of sheer idiotic excitement.

June 18, 2002 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle
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A strained sequel to a feature rip-off of an old television show with a stealable theme song. On screen and off, no one's getting marks for originality here.

March 22, 2002 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
Globe and Mail
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Good thrill ride of a movie for teens and older.

December 26, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

This will go down on my list as the better sequels.

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

Here, Woo just seems to fall back on slow-mo whenever he gets bored, which apparently is often.

July 18, 2008 Full Review Source:

With all this having been done before, making MI2 interesting or suspenseful truly is an impossible mission.

July 14, 2007 Full Review Source: Big Picture Big Sound
Big Picture Big Sound

It doesn't matter how many extra months the director spends creating impressive action scenes. If the audience is not emotionally invested in the fate of the heroes, no amount of explosions will make them care.

December 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Threat | Comment (1)
Film Threat

The makers don't go out of their way to make this original in any way, but the quality comes through.

April 9, 2005 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

This sequel seems afraid of confusing people, so much so that it dumbs down the plot to an insulting level.

December 6, 2004 | Comment (1)
Looking Closer

A more coherent and romantic script.

June 26, 2004 Full Review Source: Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)

Rather than a groundbreaking piece of new gadgetry, this thriller is like an old, well-oiled machine.

May 22, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Blather
Film Blather

Woo outwits, outgadgets, outstunts and outdirects the original with one hand tied behind his back.

May 20, 2003
Palo Alto Weekly

Fans of straight action/adventure may enjoy this film; fans of TV's Mission: Impossible may not recognize it.

February 8, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Quips Online
Film Quips Online

By any reasonable measure Mission: Impossible II is a successful action-adventure film.

December 2, 2002 Full Review Source: Sight and Sound
Sight and Sound

Tom Cruise's superspy outing is pure summertime satisfaction!

November 7, 2002 Full Review Source: Netflix

Mission Impossible 2 offers a bit of escapism and a hefty shot of cinematic adrenalin.

October 30, 2002 Full Review Source: ViewLondon

God bless John Woo.

October 15, 2002 Full Review Source: Cincinnati Enquirer
Cincinnati Enquirer

If you're into movies that constantly make you grin like an idiot and mutter "Oh yeah!" over and over, you'll be satisfied.

September 10, 2002 Full Review Source: Montreal Film Journal
Montreal Film Journal

Audience Reviews for Mission: Impossible 2

August 15, 2013
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May 3, 2013

Super Reviewer

Ethan Hunt recruits the skills of a beautiful jewel thief to recover a lethal virus that was stolen by a rogue IMF agent. Brian De Palma's attempt to make a more adult spy movie in the original Mission Impossible is jettisoned in favour of the usual Hollywood blockbuster histrionics and to be fair, MI: 2 has dated rather better as a result. It plays out very much like its contemporary Bond films and a gorgeous Thandie Newton conjures some pretty decent chemistry with Cruise in the early scenes of the film. In fact John Woo shows some unusual restraint for the first two acts and his trademark stylised action works extremely well for an exciting research facility heist. Dougray Scott also makes a suitably Machiavellian villain as "Dark Ethan" and it all shapes up to be an enjoyable if silly action movie. Unfortunately things take a decided turn for the worse during the climax as Woo succumbs to his worst excesses for an uncomfortably bloated finale which degenerates into complete nonsense. The action becomes so overblown and incessant it becomes increasingly tedious rather than exciting and the emotional button pushing is done encased within a concrete boxing glove. This all culminates in an absurd acrobatic smackdown between Cruise and Scott that resembles a drearily drawn out round of Tekken. A shame really, because up until that point it was really good fun but it still stands up as a brainless but fun instalment that's probably the second best of the series after Ghost Protocol thanks to its willingness not to take itself too seriously.
January 24, 2013
xGary Xx

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Ethan (Tom Cruise) is sent to Sydney to find and destroy a GM disease. Not as good as the first one. Motorbike stunts are cool!
December 30, 2012
Candy Rose

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    1. Dr. Nekhorvich: Every search for a hero must begin with something that every hero requires. A villain.
    – Submitted by Dann M (17 months ago)
    1. Luther Stickwell: That punk put a hole in my Versace!
    – Submitted by Michael F (2 years ago)
    1. Boss: You mean its going to be difficult.
    2. Ethan Hunt: Very.
    3. Boss: Well, Mr. Hunt, this is not Mission: Difficult, its Mission: Impossible. Difficult should be a walk in the park for you.
    – Submitted by Amy Y (2 years ago)
    1. Ethan Hunt: You're sorry, I'm sorry.
    – Submitted by Saloni D (2 years ago)
    1. Ethan Hunt: I'll let you know where I'm going.
    2. Boss: Don't have to do that. It wouldn't be a vacation if you did.
    – Submitted by Zbigniew Z (2 years ago)
    1. Sean Ambrose: This is what's known as getting your gun off.
    – Submitted by Aaron L (2 years ago)
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