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Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol Reviews

Nigel Floyd
Time Out
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Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 2/5

January 22, 2013

Globe and Mail
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Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 4/4

January 22, 2013
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 3/4

January 22, 2013

AV Club
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Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: B+

January 22, 2013
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2/4

January 22, 2013

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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January 22, 2013
Melissa Anderson
Village Voice
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January 22, 2013
Mary F. Pols
TIME Magazine
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January 22, 2013

New York Daily News
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January 22, 2013

Miami Herald
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Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 22, 2013

San Francisco Chronicle
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January 22, 2013
A.O. Scott
New York Times
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January 22, 2013
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B+

January 22, 2013
David Denby
New Yorker
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"Mission: Impossible-Ghost Protocol" is sheer hurtling mechanism-and it's great silly fun.

Full Review Source: New Yorker

December 30, 2011
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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As usual with the series, the movie combines a plot line a toddler could understand with gadgets that would baffle an engineering Ph.D.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

December 21, 2011
Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
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I'm thinking it, so I might as well say it: Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol is no Fast Five.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

December 19, 2011
Glenn Kenny
MSN Movies
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...it's pretty much state-of-the-art.

Full Review Source: MSN Movies | Original Score: 4/5

December 18, 2011
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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[Bird's] fresh touch gives breathless energy, tremendous excitement and, above all, humor to what could have been a wearying genre exercise.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 3.5/4

December 18, 2011
Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
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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.

Full Review Source: TheWrap

December 17, 2011
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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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.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: A

December 16, 2011
Tom Long
Detroit News
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Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol is top-notch popcorn entertainment, chock-full of dazzling stunts and heroic moments, played out at a near-hysterical pitch.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: B+

December 16, 2011
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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Ghost Protocol is a very good thrill ride and Cruise is better than he's been in a long time.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: A-

December 16, 2011
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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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.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2.5/4

December 16, 2011
William Goss
Film.com
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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.

Full Review Source: Film.com

December 16, 2011
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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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.

Full Review Source: Rolling Stone | Original Score: 3.5/4

December 16, 2011
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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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."

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 3/4

December 16, 2011
Amy Biancolli
San Francisco Chronicle
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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.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

December 16, 2011
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
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[A] big, shiny, ever-moving toy of a movie.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2.5/4

December 16, 2011
Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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[Bird] applies the pacing and spatial freedom of a 'toon to a live-action thriller.

Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Original Score: 3/4

December 16, 2011
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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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.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 3/4

December 16, 2011
Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
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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.

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 2.5/4

December 16, 2011
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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Mission:Impossible - Ghost Protocol is easily the best of the lot.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 3.5/4

December 15, 2011
Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
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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.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: B

December 15, 2011
Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
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The most exciting action flick of the year, by a huge margin.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

December 15, 2011
Ian Buckwalter
NPR
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This film exists purely to dazzle and thrill, and by that measure, it delivers expertly, never lagging despite a lengthy 133-minute running time.

Full Review Source: NPR

December 15, 2011
Manohla Dargis
New York Times
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Gets back to action basics with globe-trotting, nifty gadgets, high-flying stunts and less loquacious villainy.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3.5/5

December 15, 2011
Dan Kois
Slate
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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.

Full Review Source: Slate

December 15, 2011
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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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.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3.5/5

December 15, 2011
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Though not quite as front-to-finish satisfying as J.J. Abrams' Mission: Impossible III, Bird's installment nonetheless rocks.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 3/4

December 15, 2011
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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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.

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

December 15, 2011
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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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.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 3/5

December 15, 2011
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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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.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 3/4

December 15, 2011
Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
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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.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

December 15, 2011
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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Manages to be a pretty good time for much of its overgenerous 132 minutes.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 2.5/4

December 15, 2011
Keith Phipps
AV Club
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Bird brings a scary amount of assurance to Ghost Protocol. His action scenes are clean, coherent, thrilling, and visceral...

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: A-

December 15, 2011
Soren Anderson
Seattle Times
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The plot is simply an excuse to show off all that whiz-bang technology.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 2/4

December 15, 2011
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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"Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol" is a terrific thriller with action sequences that function as a kind of action poetry.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3.5/4

December 15, 2011
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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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.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 3.5/4

December 14, 2011
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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The eye-candy - from high-tech gadgets to gorgeous people - has only been ratcheted up. And so has the excitement.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 3.5/4

December 14, 2011
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
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Bird is an interesting choice for the franchise and, as it turns out, a pretty inspired one.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 4/5

December 14, 2011
Keith Uhlich
Time Out New York
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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.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 3/5

December 13, 2011
David Germain
Associated Press
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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.

Full Review Source: Associated Press | Original Score: 3/4

December 13, 2011
Tom Huddleston
Time Out
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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.

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 3/5

December 13, 2011
Justin Chang
Variety
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It's a movie of dazzling individual parts that don't come together to fully satisfying effect in the final stretch.

Full Review Source: Variety

December 8, 2011
Todd McCarthy
Hollywood Reporter
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Wall-to-wall action in a spectacular, if repetitive, fourth series entry.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter

December 8, 2011
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