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Mission: Impossible III Reviews

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David Ansen
Newsweek
November 1, 2007
...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.
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Ben Walters
Time Out
June 24, 2006
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.
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
June 22, 2006
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.
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
May 10, 2006
As idiot movies go, this one is as sub-mental as you might expect.
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
May 10, 2006
My final reaction to Mission: Impossible III is one of bemused tolerance and even mild absorption in all the silliness.
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
May 9, 2006
There are no flourishes to savor. Instead, there are big-deal stunts.
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
May 8, 2006
The grand finale? A fistfight, after which somebody gets run over. Listen, if I want to see that kind of action, I don't go to Shanghai. I don't even go to the movies. I go to the South Bronx and stand outside a bar.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
May 8, 2006
The best of the three.
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
May 5, 2006
Abrams knows how to frame a shot and how to propulsively push both action and love stories, but logic continues to elude him as much as it did De Palma and Woo.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
May 5, 2006
If Mission: Impossible 3 is the first pitch of the popcorn-movie season, just two words come to mind -- butter up.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
May 5, 2006
What summer movies aspire to -- a slick demonstration of hot buttered entertainment that will probably slide you right out of the theatre before you even stop to ask a logical question or two.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
May 5, 2006
For all the attempts at adding depth, it's likely that audiences will come away remembering the fireworks.
| Original Score: B
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Michael Booth
Denver Post
May 5, 2006
All the popcorn season really wants is a good reason to see super-fit bodies flying around on a big screen, and M:I:III gits 'er done.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
May 5, 2006
Mission: Impossible III will make you jump up and down with exuberance, just like its star.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
May 5, 2006
Director Abrams seems to have attended the Tony Scott Extreme Closeup Academy.
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
May 4, 2006
Whatever your feelings about Cruise, Mission: Impossible III is nirvana for thrill seekers.
| Original Score: 3/4
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May 4, 2006
For all of the movie's professional craft and lovely vertigo, the experience is like eating popcorn in a guillotine.
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
May 4, 2006
Director J.J. Abrams, creator of such TV hits as Alias and Lost, makes a reasonably impressive feature debut with the best installment of the series.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
May 4, 2006
Mission: Impossible III provides lots of action, but too little excitement.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
May 4, 2006
Although he slams into stationary objects with his customary zeal, Tom Cruise is off his game here, sabotaged by a misguided attempt to shade his character with gray.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
May 4, 2006
It's an expertly engineered popcorn movie -- hold the butter substitute -- but it also tries (and fails) to be a love story for the ages.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
May 4, 2006
A smart, tightly directed thriller that could serve as the template for film schools teaching Summertime Escapism 101.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
May 4, 2006
Cruise is the same guy with the same look on his face all the time: part panic, part adrenaline rush, his eyes lightly squinting and his mouth slightly agape.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
May 4, 2006
There is a theory that action is exciting and dialogue is boring. My theory is that variety is exciting and sameness is boring.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
May 4, 2006
[The film] offers up its explosions and chases with minimal artistry.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
May 4, 2006
Against sizable odds -- a sense that the franchise is played out and its star over-exposed -- Mission: Impossible III delivers.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
May 4, 2006
Cruise does a remarkable number of his own stunts, and even if we only register that fact unconsciously, it makes for a different action experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
May 4, 2006
If you've ever wondered what a two-hour episode of Abrams' TV show Alias would look like if he spent $150 million making it, well, now's your chance to find out.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
May 4, 2006
This is the franchise's third film (each with a different director), and it may well be the most successful of the bunch.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
May 4, 2006
M:i:III accomplishes its mission: to run smart variations on dumb tropes. After all, summer movies are not for students but for thrill consumers. Devour and enjoy.
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
May 4, 2006
The new Mission: Impossible III reestablishes the franchise as America's answer to the 007 series -- brand-name, big-effects, no-nonsense fun with plenty of hold-on-to-your-popcorn action sequences and a theme song that won't leave your head.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
May 4, 2006
Logic and humanity would probably gum up the (fire)works. The Mission: Impossible template is about being resourceful, using gadgets in interesting ways to infiltrate the Vatican or swing Tarzan-like over the rooftops of Shanghai.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
May 4, 2006
Mission: Impossible III is big and fast and silly, but it's never dumb, and it's certainly never boring, either.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
May 4, 2006
[Abrams] has come up with a solidly crafted entertainment, a diversion that really diverts once it gets down to business.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
May 4, 2006
M:I III actually gets better as it goes along (and spans the globe).
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
May 4, 2006
M:I:3 is big, cacophonous entertainment, crackling and explosive, a giant bag of Pop Rocks for the eyes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
May 4, 2006
Like its predecessors, M:I III might make a lot of money, but it makes no discernible impression.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
May 4, 2006
A perfect blast-off for the summer movie season and the rare sequel that's notably better than its predecessors.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
May 4, 2006
Uneven but lively.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
May 4, 2006
If the pulse never quite races, the mind does boggle.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
May 4, 2006
Yes, it's fundamentally business as usual, but it's the best kind of business as usual,
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Bob Longino
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
May 4, 2006
It's like Abrams understands the public perception of Cruise's kooky celebrity. So why not embrace it.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
May 3, 2006
Watching Mission: Impossible III, I kept wishing I was at home watching episodes of Alias instead.
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Rob Nelson
Village Voice
May 3, 2006
"M:i:III" is too oppressive, too enamored of its brutality to deliver anything like real thrills.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
May 3, 2006
A gratifyingly clever, booby-trapped thriller that has enough fun and imagination and dash to more than justify its existence...
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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John Anderson
Newsday
May 3, 2006
The perfect summer movie -- fast-paced, action-packed, emotionally engaging (without demanding too much investment), and pure, unadulterated eye candy. Whattya want for 10 bucks?
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 2, 2006
The movie to beat this summer in the race to push your pulse rate past the danger zone. And please don't ask if the plot makes sense.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Sheri Linden
Hollywood Reporter
May 2, 2006
Although it trades in the same high levels of improbability as the previous films, Abrams and his co-scripters inject some humor and emotion, elements sorely lacking in the first two editions.
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
May 2, 2006
The high-octane juice audiences crave in big-budget action films surges propulsively through Mission: Impossible III, in large measure due to Tom CruiseTom Cruise, who seems determined to give a persuasive human impersonation of a Ferrari.