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Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol Review Critics


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Tom Cruise: no longer annoying. Read full review


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It was worth the wait. Read full review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 4.0

    out of 100

    Generally favorable reviews
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    critic review scores.

  • 100

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    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    Ghost Protocol brims with scenes that are exciting and amazing at the same time; they're brought off with such casual aplomb that they're funny, too.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    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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  • 70

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Todd McCarthy

    The impact of spectacular action on striking international locales is moderated somewhat by the repetitive nature of the challenges faced by this rebooted team of American agents.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Oscar-winning animator Brad Bird seems to have accomplished the impossible with the fourth Mission: Impossible installment by injecting the 15-year-old series with newfound, breathtaking energy.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 13+

Spy franchise returns for more action-packed thrills.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the fourth installment in the popular Mission: Impossible franchise has all the hallmarks that made the previous incarnations successful: a twisty plot, a motley crew (led by Tom Cruise's Ethan Hunt) on a spying mission, and lots and lots of jaw-dropping stunts and high-tech gadgetry. Expect tons of thrilling-but-violent action sequences, including assassinations and weapons that maim, bomb, and kill. The body count definitely adds up, but blood is minimal. There's also some swearing (including "s--t"), as well as some kissing and flirting, social drinking, and smoking.

  • Families can talk about action movies. Does this kind of movie need violence in order to be thrilling?
  • How does the filmmaker handle the violent missions? Are they glamorized? If so, what effect does this have?
  • Is Ethan a role model? Why or why not?

The good stuff
  • message true2

    Messages: This is a pretty straightforward good-versus-evil story. Teamwork is what really makes Ethan's team successful; they all watch one another's back and are loyal to the group. Another notable takeaway: Gadgets can fail, so human relationships and resourcefulness matter more.

  • rolemodels true2

    Role models: Ethan is definitively on the "good" side, though there are allusions to him having gone off-mission and killed six men. He appears to be a dedicated guy, though clearly one with a few demons. Everyone on his team is pretty well-intentioned and principled. There's a strong female character on the IMF team.

What to watch for
  • violence false4

    Violence: Plenty of action/thriller violence, with high body counts resulting from gunfights, bombings, hand-to-hand combat, and the like. There's an assassination, and characters end up bloodied, maimed, and killed. One spy is shot point blank. Some of the fight scenes make you wince. Some characters refer casually to having killed others. The villain wants to detonate a nuclear missile. 

  • sex false1

    Sex: A lingering kiss; a spy attempts to get information from someone by flirting with and seducing him.

  • language false3

    Language: Infrequent use of words including "s--t," "hell," "ass," and "damn." Also "my God," etc. as exclamations.

  • consumerism false3

    Consumerism: Brands/labels in the movie include Ford Motors, Porsche, Maserati, Dell, LG, and plenty of Apple products, including the iPad and the iPhone.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false2

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Social drinking at parties; some characters smoke.