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Mission: Impossible III (2006)



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

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
Critic Reviews: 49
Fresh: 33 | Rotten: 16

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.



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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

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...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.

November 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Newsweek
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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.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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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.

June 22, 2006 Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal
Wall Street Journal
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As idiot movies go, this one is as sub-mental as you might expect.

May 10, 2006 Full Review Source: New York Observer
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My final reaction to Mission: Impossible III is one of bemused tolerance and even mild absorption in all the silliness.

May 10, 2006 Full Review Source: New York Observer
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There are no flourishes to savor. Instead, there are big-deal stunts.

May 9, 2006 Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture
New York Magazine/Vulture
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The best of the first three for its nonstop action and sometimes pulse-pounding excitement.

December 5, 2011 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
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.

April 8, 2011 Full Review Source:

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

August 30, 2009 Full Review Source: CinePassion

Abrams' installment into an otherwise mediocre trilogy is entertaining.

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

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

July 18, 2008 Full Review Source:

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

August 2, 2007 Full Review Source: Eye for Film | Comment (1)
Eye for Film

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

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

January 11, 2007 Full Review Source:

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

December 13, 2006 Full Review Source: Nolan's Pop Culture Review
Nolan's Pop Culture Review

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

September 27, 2006 Full Review Source: Christianity Today
Christianity Today

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September 10, 2006 Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses
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.

August 14, 2006 Full Review Source: Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

Suri's daddy elevates Impossible franchise ...

July 27, 2006 Full Review

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.

July 7, 2006 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
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.

June 1, 2006 Full Review Source: Movie City News
Movie City News

Audience Reviews for Mission: Impossible III

August 19, 2013
Directors Cat
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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.
June 3, 2013
Sam Barnett

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"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."
January 22, 2013

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.
July 15, 2012
Candy Rose

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    1. Ethan Hunt: I'm gonna die unless you kill me.
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    1. Musgrave: 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)
    1. Theodore Brassel: Mr. Musgrave, please don't interrupt me when I'm asking rhetorical questions.
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