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Mission: Impossible III (2006)


Average Rating: 6.6/10
Reviews Counted: 218
Fresh: 152
Rotten: 66

Critics Consensus: Fast-paced, with eye-popping stunts and special effects, the latest Mission: Impossible installment delivers everything an action fan could ask for. A thrilling summer popcorn flick.

Average Rating: 6.4/10
Reviews Counted: 49
Fresh: 33
Rotten: 16

Critics Consensus: Fast-paced, with eye-popping stunts and special effects, the latest Mission: Impossible installment delivers everything an action fan could ask for. A thrilling summer popcorn flick.


Average Rating: 3.3/5
User Ratings: 505,516


Movie Info

The third entry in Tom Cruise's Mission: Impossible film series involves super Impossible Mission Forces (IMF) agent Ethan Hunt (Cruise) being forced back into the field just when he was planning on marrying his girlfriend, Julia (Michelle Monaghan). The agency asks Hunt to save an operative (Keri Russell) he trained after weapons dealer Owen Davian (Philip Seymour Hoffman) kidnaps her. With the help of his field team -- played by Ving Rhames, Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, and Maggie Q -- Hunt achieves … More

PG-13 (for intense sequences of frenetic violence and menace, disturbing images and some sensuality)
Mystery & Suspense , Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By:
J.J. Abrams , Roberto Orci
In Theaters:
Oct 30, 2006
Box Office:
Paramount Pictures - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Mission: Impossible III

All Critics (221) | Top Critics (49) | Fresh (152) | Rotten (66) | DVD (36)

...this snappy installment is a marked improvement over John Woo's surprisingly dull sequel, though the set pieces lack the elegance and visual coherence of the Brian de Palma original.

Full Review… | November 1, 2007
Top Critic

There are plentiful perilous countdowns, most of the set-pieces are impressively mounted and, in its own silly way, the pay-off offers a glancing blow at US foreign policy. Relatable? No. But quite fun.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

The summer's first action epic does exactly what it's supposed to do, more clearly than M:i:I, and more likeably than M:i:II.

Full Review… | June 22, 2006
Wall Street Journal
Top Critic

As idiot movies go, this one is as sub-mental as you might expect.

Full Review… | May 10, 2006
New York Observer
Top Critic

My final reaction to Mission: Impossible III is one of bemused tolerance and even mild absorption in all the silliness.

Full Review… | May 10, 2006
New York Observer
Top Critic

There are no flourishes to savor. Instead, there are big-deal stunts.

Full Review… | May 9, 2006
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

The best of the first three for its nonstop action and sometimes pulse-pounding excitement.

Full Review… | December 5, 2011
Movie Metropolis

The latest in the Mission: Impossible franchise, Mission: Impossible III is high on intrigue, but a bit too obvious in its construction to be as effecting as it tries to be.

Full Review… | April 8, 2011

Had a pop artist handled this, the franchise could have had its On Her Majesty's Secret Service; with machines directing machines, however, it's closer to its Live and Let Die

Full Review… | August 30, 2009

Abrams' installment into an otherwise mediocre trilogy is entertaining.

Full Review… | April 29, 2009
Cinema Crazed

Without an outsize directorial vision it looks even more like sub-007 than the others did.

Full Review… | July 18, 2008

The sad truth is that Ethan will always be better at saving the world than saving his marriage and fans of the first two films are likely to find the agent's journey of the heart an unwelcome distraction

Full Review… | August 2, 2007
Eye for Film

Mr. Abrams, it seems, has chosen to accept his mission. And I'll be darned if he doesn't succeed.

Full Review… | July 14, 2007
Big Picture Big Sound

Sit back, and simply enjoy all the spectacular stunt work, chase scenes, f/x, pyrotechnics, gunplay, and comic relief with your brain on idle and a big tub of popcorn in your lap.

Full Review… | January 11, 2007

Given a story that calls for emotion, Cruise shows the turmoil his character is going through

Full Review… | December 13, 2006
Nolan's Pop Culture Review

Abrams and Cruise deserve credit for breathing life and heart into a franchise with lots of potential.

Full Review… | September 27, 2006
Christianity Today

click to read full review [Greek]

Full Review… | September 10, 2006
Movies for the Masses

Not perfect, but it packs plenty of great action, special effects that don't astound but don't detract, a truly good bad guy, and a cool as ever Cruise missile.

Full Review… | August 14, 2006
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

Suri's daddy elevates Impossible franchise ...

Full Review… | July 27, 2006

La cinta se siente fresca y actual, lo que le da nueva vida a una franquicia que parecía haberse agotado con tan sólo dos entregas.

July 16, 2006

... the best-told Mission: Impossible adventure yet.

Full Review… | July 7, 2006
Film Journal International

Tom is a superhero. His superpower is INTENSITY, for which there is apparently no kryptonite.

July 2, 2006
Seacoast Newspapers (NH/Maine)

Abrams shoots virtually everything in close-up, has no skill in establishing space, and is only in his element when people are talking. And talking. And talking.

Full Review… | June 1, 2006
Movie City News

Audience Reviews for Mission: Impossible III



Directors Cat
Directors Cat

Super Reviewer

It isn't as amazing to look at as its direct successor, but J.J. Abrams' first feature film as director is still a lot of fun. It's surprisingly funny, it makes you care about its characters, and its action is super slick.

Sam Barnett
Sam Barnett

Super Reviewer

"Really liked this one. Probably my favorite out of all of them. I loved the cast. A lot of talent in this one. The story was really good too. The action was awesome. Although I saw the twist coming, it was still nicely done. These movies never have a dull moment and when I have a stressful day, this is the type of movie I wanna watch. I wanna see non-stop action and see shit get blown up. I have never been a huge Tom Cruise fan, but I really enjoy him in these movies. I think action is where he shines the most. Definitely my favorite so far."


Super Reviewer


Not as good as the first movie but better than the second movie. Ethan (Cruise) has to go to Shanghai to rescue his wife from a criminal involved in deadly bio weapons.

Candy Rose

Super Reviewer

Mission: Impossible III Quotes

Ethan Hunt:
I'm gonna die unless you kill me.
– Submitted by bob j (2 years ago)
This message, let's call it my excellent engagement gift to you, will self-destruct in five seconds.
– Submitted by Zbigniew Z (2 years ago)
Theodore Brassel:
Mr. Musgrave, please don't interrupt me when I'm asking rhetorical questions.
– Submitted by Zbigniew Z (2 years ago)

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