Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol Reviews

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Nigel Floyd
Time Out
January 22, 2013
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Globe and Mail
January 22, 2013
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
January 22, 2013
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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AV Club
January 22, 2013
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
January 22, 2013
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
January 22, 2013
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Melissa Anderson
Village Voice
January 22, 2013
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Mary F. Pols
TIME Magazine
January 22, 2013
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New York Daily News
January 22, 2013
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Miami Herald
January 22, 2013
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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San Francisco Chronicle
January 22, 2013
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
January 22, 2013
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
January 22, 2013
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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David Denby
New Yorker
December 30, 2011
"Mission: Impossible-Ghost Protocol" is sheer hurtling mechanism-and it's great silly fun.
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
December 21, 2011
As usual with the series, the movie combines a plot line a toddler could understand with gadgets that would baffle an engineering Ph.D.
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
December 19, 2011
I'm thinking it, so I might as well say it: Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol is no Fast Five.
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Glenn Kenny
MSN Movies
December 18, 2011
...it's pretty much state-of-the-art.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
December 18, 2011
[Bird's] fresh touch gives breathless energy, tremendous excitement and, above all, humor to what could have been a wearying genre exercise.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
December 17, 2011
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.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
December 16, 2011
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 | Original Score: A
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Tom Long
Detroit News
December 16, 2011
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 | Original Score: B+
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
December 16, 2011
Ghost Protocol is a very good thrill ride and Cruise is better than he's been in a long time.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
December 16, 2011
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
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William Goss
Film.com
December 16, 2011
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.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
December 16, 2011
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 | Original Score: 3.5/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
December 16, 2011
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Amy Biancolli
San Francisco Chronicle
December 16, 2011
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
December 16, 2011
[A] big, shiny, ever-moving toy of a movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
December 16, 2011
[Bird] applies the pacing and spatial freedom of a 'toon to a live-action thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
December 16, 2011
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
December 16, 2011
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
December 15, 2011
Mission:Impossible - Ghost Protocol is easily the best of the lot.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
December 15, 2011
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 | Original Score: B
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
December 15, 2011
The most exciting action flick of the year, by a huge margin.
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December 15, 2011
This film exists purely to dazzle and thrill, and by that measure, it delivers expertly, never lagging despite a lengthy 133-minute running time.
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
December 15, 2011
Gets back to action basics with globe-trotting, nifty gadgets, high-flying stunts and less loquacious villainy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Dan Kois
Slate
December 15, 2011
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.
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
December 15, 2011
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 | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
December 15, 2011
Though not quite as front-to-finish satisfying as J.J. Abrams' Mission: Impossible III, Bird's installment nonetheless rocks.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
December 15, 2011
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.
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
December 15, 2011
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 | Original Score: 3/5
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
December 15, 2011
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
December 15, 2011
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.
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
December 15, 2011
Manages to be a pretty good time for much of its overgenerous 132 minutes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
December 15, 2011
Bird brings a scary amount of assurance to Ghost Protocol. His action scenes are clean, coherent, thrilling, and visceral...
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Soren Anderson
Seattle Times
December 15, 2011
The plot is simply an excuse to show off all that whiz-bang technology.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
December 15, 2011
"Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol" is a terrific thriller with action sequences that function as a kind of action poetry.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
December 14, 2011
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 | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
December 14, 2011
The eye-candy - from high-tech gadgets to gorgeous people - has only been ratcheted up. And so has the excitement.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
December 14, 2011
Bird is an interesting choice for the franchise and, as it turns out, a pretty inspired one.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
December 13, 2011
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 | Original Score: 3/5
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David Germain
Associated Press
December 13, 2011
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Tom Huddleston
Time Out
December 13, 2011
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 | Original Score: 3/5
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Justin Chang
Variety
December 8, 2011
It's a movie of dazzling individual parts that don't come together to fully satisfying effect in the final stretch.
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Todd McCarthy
Hollywood Reporter
December 8, 2011
Wall-to-wall action in a spectacular, if repetitive, fourth series entry.