A nonsensical, dazzling jumble of wild action scenes and formulaic characters.
Julian Roman - MovieWeb
Lisa Schwarzbaum - Entertainment Weekly
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.
Owen Gleiberman - Entertainment Weekly
A.O. Scott - New York Times
Gets back to action basics with globe-trotting, nifty gadgets, high-flying stunts and less loquacious villainy.
Manohla Dargis - New York Times
Mission:Impossible - Ghost Protocol is easily the best of the lot.
Claudia Puig - USA Today
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.
Ann Hornaday - Washington Post
Ty Burr - Boston Globe
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.
Wesley Morris - Boston Globe
Melissa Anderson - Village Voice
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.
Nick Pinkerton - Village Voice
- New York Daily News
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.
Elizabeth Weitzman - New York Daily News
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.
Joe Morgenstern - Wall Street Journal
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.
Chris Vognar - Dallas Morning News
...it's pretty much state-of-the-art.
Glenn Kenny - MSN Movies
"Mission: Impossible-Ghost Protocol" is sheer hurtling mechanism-and it's great silly fun.
David Denby - New Yorker
"Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol" is a terrific thriller with action sequences that function as a kind of action poetry.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
Manages to be a pretty good time for much of its overgenerous 132 minutes.
Michael Phillips - Chicago Tribune
As usual with the series, the movie combines a plot line a toddler could understand with gadgets that would baffle an engineering Ph.D.
J. R. Jones - Chicago Reader
Though not quite as front-to-finish satisfying as J.J. Abrams' Mission: Impossible III, Bird's installment nonetheless rocks.
Steven Rea - Philadelphia Inquirer
[Bird's] fresh touch gives breathless energy, tremendous excitement and, above all, humor to what could have been a wearying genre exercise.
Colin Covert - Minneapolis Star Tribune
Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol is top-notch popcorn entertainment, chock-full of dazzling stunts and heroic moments, played out at a near-hysterical pitch.
Tom Long - Detroit News
Bird is an interesting choice for the franchise and, as it turns out, a pretty inspired one.
Bill Goodykoontz - Arizona Republic
It's a movie of dazzling individual parts that don't come together to fully satisfying effect in the final stretch.
Justin Chang - Variety
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.
Lou Lumenick - New York Post
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.
Peter Howell - Toronto Star
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.
William Goss - Film.com
- Globe and Mail
Rick Groen - Globe and Mail
[A] big, shiny, ever-moving toy of a movie.
Liam Lacey - Globe and Mail
The most exciting action flick of the year, by a huge margin.
Andrew O'Hehir - Salon.com
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.
Dan Kois - Slate
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."
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
Wall-to-wall action in a spectacular, if repetitive, fourth series entry.
Todd McCarthy - Hollywood Reporter
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.
David Germain - Associated Press
Mary F. Pols - TIME Magazine
I'm thinking it, so I might as well say it: Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol is no Fast Five.
Richard Corliss - TIME Magazine
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.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
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.
Kenneth Turan - Los Angeles Times
It's truly difficult to imagine anyone not clutching his or her armrests for dear life during this vertigo-inducing scene.
Martin Tsai - Critic's Notebook
What we're looking at here is basically a delivery system for action set-pieces, and boy howdy, this one has some doozies.
Sean Burns - Philadelphia Weekly
Boasting an exotic trip around the world, an engaging script, funny dialogue and spectacular stunts, "Ghost Protocol" is an adrenaline-rush adventure on a grand scale.
Justin Craig - FoxNews.com
Finally an action movie that recaptures the fun and adventure of old.
Tom Glasson - Concrete Playground
- Miami Herald
Richard Roeper - ReelzChannel.com
Jeannette Catsoulis - NPR.org
Kevin Jagernauth - The Playlist
- St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Harvey S. Karten - Compuserve
Chris Bumbray - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
Allison Loring - Film School Rejects
- Urban Cinefile
- San Francisco Chronicle
Ed Gonzalez - Slant Magazine
Jake Mulligan - Boston Phoenix
Chris Knight - National Post
Nigel Floyd - Time Out
- Austin Chronicle
Tony Medley - tonymedley.com
- AV Club
Alison Willmore - Movieline
- Daily Telegraph
- Empire Magazine
- Film Threat
Clint O'Connor - Cleveland Plain Dealer
Dave White - Movies.com
- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Brad Bird takes the series up a notch with enjoyable character dynamics and a straightforward but still intriguing story featuring plenty of unique action set pieces.
Ben Kendrick - ScreenRant
Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol is the kind of lean, mean, fearless action movie that chugs along at such a high tempo, you realise when leaving the cinema that you're actually running.
Ali Gray - TheShiznit.co.uk
"Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol" is the best film in the series since the original. It's a fast-paced thrillride that'll keep you thoroughly engaged as it hops from one amazing sequence to the next.
Jeff Beck - Examiner.com
Mission: Impossible-Ghost Protocol may be nothing ground-breaking but it is the best example of how to make a skillfully made action film that works because of all the right elements that are blended together to create pure adrenaline bliss.
Benjo Colautti - We Got This Covered
Action films tend to get repetitive, especially sequels. It's refreshing to find an excellent, original and engaging one.
Wesley Lovell - Cinema Sight
It leaves X-Men: First Class, Captain America, and the rest of 2011′s glorified Saturday morning cartoons in its dust. I want to take this ride again.
Jeffrey Overstreet - Filmwell
The action scenes more than make it worth watching, preferably in IMAX to really take in that spectacular skyscraper scene in its full glory.
Jeffrey Lyles - Lyles' Movie Files
Pixar vet Brad Bird directs the best Mission: Impossible yet. See it on the biggest screen possible for maximum impact.
Christian Toto - Big Hollywood
All the gizmos and technology on display in M:I 4 are probably impossible based on current science. But, wow, do you ever get the feeling that this neat stuff is very doable at some point in the future? I sure do.
Paul Chambers - CNNRadio
...an opening prison escape appears to be modeled after a Busby Berkeley musical number, of all things.
Josh Larsen - LarsenOnFilm
A smoothly rhythmed piece of work, moving at a pace sufficient to bypass inconvenient questions.
Rob Gonsalves - eFilmCritic.com
It's Cruise's daredevil bravado that provides the film's standout episode, a sequence of hair-raising, palm-dampening, gob-smacking suspense that sees him clinging to the side of the world's tallest building.
Jason Best - Movie Talk
While the script occasionally flirts with weightlessness, Bird's ecstatic camera and some brilliant casting - to say nothing of Cruise's selflessness as a stuntman - make this a tentpole sequel worth getting behind.
Rob Humanick - Projection Booth
A knockout, tense action picture that proves there's plenty more life left in the Mission: Impossible franchise.
R. L. Shaffer - IGN DVD
...one of the best action adventures of the year if you're willing to suspend your disbelief for most of the picture.
John J. Puccio - Movie Metropolis
Brad Bird passes his audition for a career as a live-action director. And Ghost Protocol more than makes its bones as an argument for why Tom Cruise should continue in this role as long as his knees, and his nerves, hold up.
Brad Bird's Mission made me feel like a kid again.
Sean O'Connell - Movies.com
... a good-size barrel of fun.
Jim Lane - Sacramento News & Review
still does not have the hang of what made the TV show so good.
Mark R. Leeper - Mark Leeper's Reviews
Cruises on the WOW! factor.
Bruce Bennett - Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Snagging Oscar-winning animation director Brad Bird to fill the director's chair proves to be an inspired choice--and, upon thought, a bit of a no-brainer.
Michael Dequina - TheMovieReport.com
The screenplay doesn't rely too much on gimmicks to advance the plot. Instead, the plot is also character-driven to an extent. There are interesting dynamics going on in the Mission Impossible team.
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
Director Brad Bird juices and gooses the whole affair with edge and excitement, new energy, humor and heartbeat, and a terrific feel for big, bold, audaciously daring sequences that beg for the biggest screen available.
Neil Pond - American Profile
Great stunts and not a dull moment,
Diana Saenger - ReviewExpress.com
Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol could very well be the series' best installment.
Jeremy Wheeler - TV Guide's Movie Guide
It has a few very good ideas, and then, the rest of it is totally lackluster.
Ignatiy Vishnevetsky - Ebert Presents At The Movies
Watching Tom leap from a hospital window on to a passing truck, I couldn't help but worry: Tom, those knees won't last forever.
Siobhan Synnot - Scotsman
Succeeds in dishing up exactly what you would expect: State of the arts stunts, non-stop action, and a series of clearly laid-out heists and chases that go awry in all kinds of creative ways.
Eric Melin - Scene-Stealers.com
Bird manages the escalations from the preposterous through the more preposterous to the most preposterous with skill and wit...
Philip French - Observer [UK]
...great cinematic entertainment.
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
Better than the tower climb is the scene in which Hunt infiltrates the Kremlin with, essentially, a high-tech magic trick; the playfulness of the effect demonstrates the usefulness of Bird's background in the astonish-the-audience culture of animation.
John Beifuss - Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
So exciting you have to remind yourself to breathe.
Jackie K. Cooper - jackiekcooper.com
Film number four has found its optimum screen display, its best director for the job and its sense of humour while increasing the gadgets and death-defying stunts.
Lisa Giles-Keddie - Real.com
Ghost pulls off the impossible.
Charles Koplinski - Illinois Times
Something goes wrong and the entire Kremlin blows up. 'The wattage of my smile has overpowered the antiquated Russian electrical grid,' explained Tom.
Mark Ramsey - MovieJuice!
The cinematography is rewarding enough for a travelogue. The good guy vs. the world with a hateful bad guy is involving. This is another film where you should just leave your brain at home, relax, and enjoy it.
Tony Medley - Tolucan Times
Welcome to the post-Pixar action movie.
Ed Whitfield - The Ooh Tray
Best line of 2011 delivered by Jeremy Renner: "That's it. Next time I get to seduce the rich guy." Why is MI4 so terrific? I screamed out in the theater: "The pants are gonna rip!"
Victoria Alexander - FilmsInReview.com
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Joseph Proimakis - Movies for the Masses
It's actually pretty entertaining... but a certain genericness is creeping in.
Matt Neal - The Standard
A mature Tom Cruise is in top form here, displaying a relatively-sophisticated savoir faire in lieu of the easy boyish charm that's served him so well in the past.
Kam Williams - AALBC.com
It's a great mix that feeds an action junkie's need for death defying stunts but reminds us how dangerous it all really is so that we remain engaged in the tension of the scene.
Beth Accomando - KPBS.org
Exhilarating, nerve-wracking, vertigo-inducing, action-packed popcorn picture, filled with spectacular feats of derring-do.
Susan Granger - SSG Syndicate
This is some Star Trek level techno-nonsense, but the locations, stunts, and ambient batsh*ttedness of the entire endeavor provide ample distraction.
Pete Vonder Haar - Houston Press
Could be the poster boy for disposable films.
Dennis Schwartz - Ozus' World Movie Reviews
By turns eye-watering, knee trembling, heart-pounding and rib-tickling, this gravity-defying blockbuster is what popcorn was invented for. Chomp away!
Graham Young - Birmingham Mail
...a perfectly watchable (yet undeniably overlong) entry in an almost remarkably consistent series...
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
This franchise has never dazzled with brilliance but it certainly baffles with something else. Mostly it's video game-style violence... occasionally pausing for necessary exposition that at home would be times to rest your thumbs.
Steve Persall - Tampa Bay Times
Perhaps we shouldn't expect too much in the way of character in this kind of thing - but action always seems more fun when it's done by real people.
Derek Malcolm - This is London
What the script lacks in plausibility - almost everything - it compensates with all-guns-blazing fun.
- Liverpool Echo
M:I4 proves to be a sugar rush of pure, unadulterated entertainment. Even with a running time of two-plus hours, there's not an ounce of fat.
David Edwards - Daily Mirror [UK]
ay what you will about his personal life: Tom Cruise is a genuine movie star. He's extremely talented and his timing is impeccable. Just watch him in his latest outing as special agent Ethan Hunt in 'Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol.'
Linda Cook - KWQC-TV (Iowa)
A truly awesome slice of action cinema.
Alex Zane - Sun Online
A lot of credit goes to Cruise here, who's succeeded over these four films in making Ethan Hunt into a strangely intriguing alter ego.
Tim Robey - Daily Telegraph
Cruise "does his own stunts". These include the smirk, the hair-toss, the head jut, the finger-jab and all the other Cruise athleticisms we know and, if hard pressed by Hollywood, love.
Nigel Andrews - Financial Times
One of the year's biggest surprises: a third sequel to a franchise whose heyday is long in the past, featuring a star who's pushing 50 and a director who's not even supposed to be able to do live action.
Stephen Silver - Patch
Easily the best of the series, filled with extravagant international locations and fantastical action set-pieces, at least two of which are genuinely jaw-dropping.
Christopher Lloyd - Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Ghost Protocol is a blast from the opening to the non-surprising ending. Humor is a must when the suspension of disbelief is required and much suspension is required here.
Gary Wolcott - Tri-City Herald
Cruise is a filmmaker capable of delivering the kind of action few others would dare to imagine. And Ghost Protocol delivers.
Rich Phippen - Sky Movies
Enjoyable action blockbuster with superb set-pieces, a witty script, assured direction from Pixar's Brad Bird and a trio of terrific performances from Tom Cruise, Simon Pegg and Jeremy Renner.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
Exciting, witty and action-packed, this is one of the best MI films. I'd say it was mission accomplished.
Roz Laws - Birmingham Post
Far more entertaining than the latest Bond.
Andrew Hedley - Flicks.co.nz
It's kind of flat, inert - occasionally spectacular but not all that exciting.
Matt Bochenski - Little White Lies
Team effort makes 4th Mission fun (and not too serious)
Marty Mapes - Movie Habit
Hits an action bull's-eye
Robert Denerstein - Movie Habit
A passable - and forgettable - franchise entry.
Daniel Hubschman - Hollywood.com
Watching Cruise as Hunt climb the tallest building in the world stands out as one of the greatest scenes in movies in 2011.
Willie Waffle - WaffleMovies.com
Slightly goofy, deliriously fun and exciting as hell.
Rob Hunter - Film School Rejects
Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol isn't about geopolitical realism. It's about keeping your palms clammy with acrophobia (IMAX, baby) and your pulse at a certain rhythm while good guys do their best to keep the world turning.
Norman Wilner - NOW Toronto
Brad Bird's first foray outside of the world of animation is pretty much great, certainly in the top tier of 2011's 'splodey action pictures.
Tim Brayton - Antagony & Ecstasy
This is one of the most insane action movies I've seen in years. Something intense is happening almost every single second of its 132-minute running time.
Mike McGranaghan - Aisle Seat
Bird chose to accept the right mission for his leap to live action...
Brett Michel - Boston Phoenix
Spectacular. Bird knows how to film an action scene, and Cruise knows how to star in one. It's a winning combination.
Anders Wotzke - Moviedex
One mission too many.
an effectively enthralling back-to-basics action thriller
James Kendrick - Q Network Film Desk
I wouldn't say Ghost Protocol makes the most of Bird's skills as a dramatic storyteller, but as a talent in service of entertainment above all else, he rises to the occasion.
Jeff Meyers - Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
The skyscraper scene in iMax is worth the price of admission. One of the most exhilarating movie experiences of the last few years.
Michelle Alexandria - Eclipse Magazine
Mission Impossible - Ghost Protocol was was made for IMAX. It blows up the Mission Impossible Force's stature. It also blows up part of of the Kremlin. As well as reason and logic. But who cares? It's Mission Impossible.
Tony Macklin - tonymacklin.net
Brad Bird, making his live action debut, is determined to treat his cast as if they are animated figures in a spectacular landscape where the rules of nature don't apply.
Lori Hoffman - Atlantic City Weekly
'Excuse me, Mr. Brad Bird? Would you be interested in directing a Bond film next?'
Widgett Walls - Needcoffee.com
Bird does make the impossible seem credible without also making it look mundane a well.
Dan Lybarger - KC Active
The star of Ghost Protocol is Bird.
Walter Chaw - Film Freak Central
Manages to keep you on the edge of your seat for the entire 133 minutes.
Jeanne Kaplan - Kaplan vs. Kaplan
Ridiculously exciting --- and I mean that in a good way.
David Kaplan - Kaplan vs. Kaplan
For action buffs desperate for a hit to jump-start their hearts, here's a Mission impossible to refuse.
Matt Brunson - Creative Loafing
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.
Easily the best in the series since the original and a genuine spectacle with set-pieces that will knock even the most jaded viewers for a loop or two.
Peter Sobczynski - eFilmCritic.com
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.
Amy Biancolli - San Francisco Chronicle
Bird is a great storyteller, with a good grasp of pace, and a crisp, bright tone, and the new movie benefits from his guidance.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
Ghost Protocol packs more white-knuckle tension than any action film this year.
Christian Toto - What Would Toto Watch?
The seams are showing badly..Aside from blocks of exposition about the various code words, this movie is chopped up into a collection of action packages.
Marshall Fine - Hollywood & Fine
This fifteen-year-old franchise - with more downs than ups in the balance - is a long way from done.
Rob Vaux - Mania.com
[Bird] applies the pacing and spatial freedom of a 'toon to a live-action thriller.
Joe Williams - St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Forget Transformers: Dark of the Moon and Fast Five, Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol is the best action movie of 2011... by a mile.
Kevin Carr - 7M Pictures
Instead of feeling chaotic and exhausting, as movies that seem to feature nonstop action often do, this one is breezy and invigorating, the action fluid and logical.
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
This is Cruise and company's greatest mission so far.
Michael A. Smith - MediaMikes
It's been five years since Hunt got married and tried to retire in the third edition and Bird, whose entry isn't quite as quickly paced as one might expect, nonetheless gets the franchise back on track by both looking forward and back.
Laura Clifford - Reeling Reviews
It's fast and furious the whole way, and there's a lot to look at.
Liz Braun - Jam! Movies
Back when Cruise just seemed like a generic, smiling, handsome guy, Ethan was dull. Now that he comes off in public appearances as slightly crazed and reckless, we project that onto the character too; and it's for the better.
Luke Y. Thompson - E! Online
After sitting through a year littered with underwhelming sequels, it appears one of the best of the year has been saved for last.
Rebecca Murray - About.com
I don't think I've seen a more fun straight-up action movie in ages... Director Brad Bird [has made] an astonishingly confident and distinctive leap from animation to live action...
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
Ghost Protocol is a very good thrill ride and Cruise is better than he's been in a long time.
Peter Rainer - Christian Science Monitor
...2011's most consistently entertaining effort.
Bill Gibron - PopMatters
Unlike most movie series, this one has actually improved with each new installment... This fourth entry...is the best yet, a breathtaking, globe-trotting action yarn that pulls out all the stops.
Leonard Maltin - Leonard Maltin's Picks
#4 may very well be thought of as #1. Incorporating easy humor, compelling characters and jaw-dropping action, this is some Xmas eye candy.
Kimberly Gadette - Doddle
So preposterously entertaining that it makes watching other recent Hollywood action spectacles feel like work.
Steven D. Greydanus - Decent Films Guide
Spy franchise returns for more action-packed thrills.
S. Jhoanna Robledo - Common Sense Media
Cruise's conviction and sheer sweat carries the day.
Henry Fitzherbert - Daily Express
...everything that worked in the third film amped up to eleven. It's about the team, it's about the mission, and it's about time.
Kevin A. Ranson - MovieCrypt.com
The formula for the action scenes includes a drop of Buster Keaton for every two drops of James Bond.
Rob Thomas - Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Starts fast and rarely lets up.
Daniel Eagan - Film Journal International
While Ghost Protocol is an above-average piece of studio fare, I had hoped for something a little more distinctive from [Bird].
Ethan Alter - Television Without Pity
Take off your thinking cap and munch on extra buttery popcorn. The fourth installment is candy for the brain, a straightforward action flick that doesn't disappoint.
Clay Cane - BET.com
The best action movie of 2011. (Content Review for Parents also available)
Jim Judy - Screen It!
It's easy for these special-effects extravaganzas to get weighed down by all the effort that goes into blowing up cities and hot-wiring supercomputers, but "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol" feels light on its feet.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
If the hoodied Cruise evokes a touch of Eminem-level moodiness in the posters, it's with good reason: Stopping a maniacal supervillain may be on the docket yet again, but this time around Ethan Hunt has gone emo.
Jen Yamato - Movieline
If Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy was too cerebral for you, this movie should make you very happy.
Joanna Langfield - The Movie Minute
[Bird] takes an eye-popping approach to the genre, creating a guilty pleasure romp that balances corny plotting with muscled-up fun.
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
Bird brings a scary amount of assurance to Ghost Protocol. His action scenes are clean, coherent, thrilling, and visceral...
Keith Phipps - AV Club
Nothing more than an excuse to show us the most precarious situations imaginable, and that it does in spades.
Mark Dujsik - Mark Reviews Movies
The plot is simply an excuse to show off all that whiz-bang technology.
Soren Anderson - Seattle Times
The best stunts of the year and crackerjack mastery of pacing.
Nell Minow - Beliefnet
Pixar filmmaker Brad Bird tackles his very first live-action feature and, without so much as appearing to break a sweat, ably puts to shame most veteran directors who have made a living in the action genre (that includes you, Michael Bay).
Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol is good, and occasionally brilliant, but the plot is threadbare, lacking the layered story lines and emotional core that Brad Bird's big three animated films have in spades.
David Medsker - Bullz-Eye.com
Enjoyably daft fare with enough sci-fi tech and desirable clobber to keep you cooing until the credits.
Chris Laverty - Clothes on Film
Bird shows he can handle exotic locales and action sequences of James Bond-like proportions.
Jon Niccum - Kansas City Star
Brad Bird made his name with two brilliant animated films, The Incredibles and Ratatouille. Mission Impossible 4 is his first live-action film, and it confirms that he is a first-rate director.
Christopher Tookey - Daily Mail [UK]
This film exists purely to dazzle and thrill, and by that measure, it delivers expertly, never lagging despite a lengthy 133-minute running time.
Ian Buckwalter - NPR
Cruise has matured and so has his elaborate spy game, dialing down the gritty paranoia to make room for audacious missions of survival and retrieval, finding plenty of invention and elasticity left in the franchise.
Brian Orndorf - BrianOrndorf.com
A big-boned, bombastic summer-style action movie served up as a Christmas treat for fans suffering winter withdrawal pangs for such fare.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
Succeeds in its mission, delivering one of the most entertaining, testosterone infused adventures of the year.
Mark Sells - The Reel Deal
Ghost Protocol is a picture calculated to extract maximum profits from a global audience, and surely it will succeed.
Kurt Loder - Reason Online
The scene in which [Cruise] crawls up the building's exterior to reach the 130th floor could make birds afraid of heights. It's that high, and that gripping.
Matt Pais - RedEye
Proving there is a way to make a big budget franchise installment that feels vibrant, alive, and like more than just a pathetic retread of what has come before, Ghost Protocol delivers with breakneck pace and stellar action choreography.
Brian Tallerico - HollywoodChicago.com
One of the best Mission Impossible flicks with several adrenaline- pumping action sequences.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat - Spirituality and Practice
It's undeniably fun.
Gary Thompson - Philadelphia Daily News
rockets forward in enthralling -- and ultimately exhausting -- fashion
Sean O'Connell - Filmcritic.com
"Ghost Protocol" is a less a film than a vanity license plate writ large - a throwback to when all an action film needed was a bogus concept, chase scenes and a roman numeral in a title.
Duane Dudek - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
In IMAX form, at least, it's thrilling, with a strong cast fighting a silly plot.
Rich Heldenfels - Akron Beacon Journal
Ghost Protocol is never cartoonish but it is incredibly animated.
Marc Savlov - Austin Chronicle
Tom Cruise's Ethan Hunt returns to save the world, again.
James Verniere - Boston Herald
The characters in the movie enjoy saying the phrase Ghost Protocol, and so do I.
Phil Villarreal - OK! Magazine
Expectedly, this breathless white-knuckler delivers some of the most convincing action set-pieces in recent memory, but it's the performance of Tom Cruise in his meal-ticket role of Ethan Hunt that resonates the loudest.
Simon Foster - sbs.com.au
Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol is a blast.
Luke Buckmaster - Crikey
Massively scaled and ingeniously executed, Ghost Protocol delivers the action goods in genuinely awe-inspiring fashion.
Geoff Berkshire - Metromix.com
A legitimately great action film, a thrilling and fun bit of exquisitely crafted escapism. It might be the best in the series, and it's without a doubt the best since the first film.
It runs faster, goes bigger, and tells stories better than nearly any action film this year.
Katey Rich - CinemaBlend.com
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.
Rene Rodriguez - Miami Herald
After the infectious fun of JJ Abrams' M:I 3, which sparkled with the wit and charm of his espionage series Alias, the fourth installment is a thudding disappointment.
Ben Rawson-Jones - Digital Spy
The eye-candy - from high-tech gadgets to gorgeous people - has only been ratcheted up. And so has the excitement.
Stephen Whitty - Newark Star-Ledger
...a witty and exciting thrill ride that may be the most fun of the entire series.
Daniel M. Kimmel - Sci-Fi Movie Page
While Brad Bird's direction is not nearly as fleet as his CV in animation would lead one to hope, it's not without its pleasures either.
Jaime N. Christley - Slant Magazine
This action-packed roller coaster of a movie seamlessly pulls you in and doesn't let go. On the rare occasion it slows down, it quickly sends your heart pounding and pulse racing again.
JimmyO - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
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.
Keith Uhlich - Time Out
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.
Tom Huddleston - Time Out
If we are watching Hunt caught, like the western world, in an inexorable downward spiral, we may crane our necks to watch the carwreck, but also wonder if this uneven franchise remains roadworthy.
Anton Bitel - Eye for Film
Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol is the best film in the franchise so far.
Thomas Caldwell - Cinema Autopsy
A fast-paced, globe-trotting adventure that offers blasts, brawls and buildings of equally spectacular scale.
Neil Smith - Total Film
[There's] a sense of humour and self-awareness that was absent from the earlier pictures; though it occasionally feels like run-off from Bird's ingenious superhero satire The Incredibles, it's hard to deny that a little bit of Pixar goes a long way.
Simon Miraudo - Quickflix
The film never forgets the truism that this genre can do wonders in papering over its cracks simply by letting you have a good time.
Martin Roberts - Fan The Fire
Even those allergic to Cruise would struggle to resist his magnetism grinning one-handed from the highest skyscraper in the world, cool as a cucumber, ripped as celery.
All the iconic elements of the Mission: Impossible franchise, from the instantly recognisable musical motif to the tech and gadget-heavy modus operandi of the team are harnessed to the max in this high tension edition
Andrew L. Urban - Urban Cinefile
The best Mission Impossible of them all, everything about this fourth film in the movie franchise is big with breathtaking, extravagant stunts and a thrilling, large scale plot to match
Louise Keller - Urban Cinefile
Retaining the series' innate goofiness while taking the action and emotional stakes to new highs, this is the best Mission: Impossible yet.
Shaun Munro - What Culture
Making a smooth transtition from animation to live-action, Bird has directed a fast-moving, largely enagaging, well acted (especially by Renner) actioner, which is the fourth and most entertaining of the franchise.
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
Proves that there's still a lot to be said for formulaic action when it's handled with such aplomb. The best in the series thus far.
Garth Franklin - Dark Horizons
Fueled by Tom Cruise's propulsive, sometimes literally death-defying performance, this fourth installment is arguably the strongest of the series.
Tim Grierson - Screen International
'Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol' is the most consistently entertaining, most laser-focused entry in the series so far
Drew McWeeny - HitFix
They really got the 'mission' part of Mission: Impossible right this time... delivers the awesome for the holidays.
Fred Topel - CraveOnline
The script won't take home any awards but you won't care once you've seen the unrelenting action sequences. My eyes were glued to the screen and my heart rate definitely increased!
Matthew Toomey - ABC Radio Brisbane
In his first live-action film, [Brad] Bird gives us a cleaner, clearer, smarter and better action film than Michael Bay has in any of his nine straining, slapdash efforts.
James Rocchi - Boxoffice Magazine
Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol provides slick high octane espionage thrills while upping the ante in the stakes of good vs evil action theatre.
Matthew Pejkovic - Matt's Movie Reviews
"Ghost Protocol" fails to provide thrills unique enough to truly celebrate, even if it still offers a "Mission: Impossible" that's worthwhile for audiences to accept.
Todd Gilchrist - The Playlist