A gratifyingly clever, booby-trapped thriller that has enough fun and imagination and dash to more than justify its existence...
Owen Gleiberman - Entertainment Weekly
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.
Manohla Dargis - New York Times
Here we are again for a third jog around Mission Impossible track and it's turning into a very tired experience.
Peter Bradshaw - Guardian [UK]
Against sizable odds -- a sense that the franchise is played out and its star over-exposed -- Mission: Impossible III delivers.
Claudia Puig - USA Today
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.
Ann Hornaday - Washington Post
If the pulse never quite races, the mind does boggle.
Wesley Morris - Boston Globe
"M:i:III" is too oppressive, too enamored of its brutality to deliver anything like real thrills.
Rob Nelson - Village Voice
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.
Jami Bernard - New York Daily News
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.
Joe Morgenstern - Wall Street Journal
M:I:3 is big, cacophonous entertainment, crackling and explosive, a giant bag of Pop Rocks for the eyes.
Amy Biancolli - Houston Chronicle
Mission: Impossible III will make you jump up and down with exuberance, just like its star.
Philip Wuntch - Dallas Morning News
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.
Michael Booth - Denver Post
There are no flourishes to savor. Instead, there are big-deal stunts.
David Edelstein - New York Magazine
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.
Anthony Lane - New Yorker
There is a theory that action is exciting and dialogue is boring. My theory is that variety is exciting and sameness is boring.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
Uneven but lively.
Michael Phillips - Chicago Tribune
Whatever your feelings about Cruise, Mission: Impossible III is nirvana for thrill seekers.
Carrie Rickey - Philadelphia Inquirer
A smart, tightly directed thriller that could serve as the template for film schools teaching Summertime Escapism 101.
Colin Covert - Minneapolis Star Tribune
A perfect blast-off for the summer movie season and the rare sequel that's notably better than its predecessors.
Tom Long - Detroit News
Director Abrams seems to have attended the Tony Scott Extreme Closeup Academy.
Bill Muller - Arizona Republic
As idiot movies go, this one is as sub-mental as you might expect.
Rex Reed - New York Observer
My final reaction to Mission: Impossible III is one of bemused tolerance and even mild absorption in all the silliness.
Andrew Sarris - New York Observer
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.
Todd McCarthy - Variety
[The film] offers up its explosions and chases with minimal artistry.
Lou Lumenick - New York Post
If Mission: Impossible 3 is the first pitch of the popcorn-movie season, just two words come to mind -- butter up.
Roger Moore - Orlando Sentinel
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.
Peter Howell - Toronto Star
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.
Liam Lacey - Globe and Mail
Watching Mission: Impossible III, I kept wishing I was at home watching episodes of Alias instead.
Stephanie Zacharek - Salon.com
For all of the movie's professional craft and lovely vertigo, the experience is like eating popcorn in a guillotine.
Michael Agger - Slate
Mission: Impossible III provides lots of action, but too little excitement.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
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.
Sheri Linden - Hollywood Reporter
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.
Christy Lemire - Associated Press
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.
Richard Corliss - TIME Magazine
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.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
[Abrams] has come up with a solidly crafted entertainment, a diversion that really diverts once it gets down to business.
Kenneth Turan - Los Angeles Times
Brent Simon - Shared Darkness
The best of the first three for its nonstop action and sometimes pulse-pounding excitement.
John J. Puccio - Movie Metropolis
Had a pop artist handled this, the franchise could have had its On Her Majesty's Secret Service; with machines directing machines, however, it's closer to its Live and Let Die
Fernando F. Croce - CinePassion
Abrams' installment into an otherwise mediocre trilogy is entertaining.
Felix Vasquez Jr. - Cinema Crazed
Without an outsize directorial vision it looks even more like sub-007 than the others did.
Rob Gonsalves - eFilmCritic.com
...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.
David Ansen - Newsweek
The sad truth is that Ethan will always be better at saving the world than saving his marriage and fans of the first two films are likely to find the agent's journey of the heart an unwelcome distraction
Anton Bitel - Eye for Film
Mr. Abrams, it seems, has chosen to accept his mission. And I'll be darned if he doesn't succeed.
Joe Lozito - Big Picture Big Sound
Sit back, and simply enjoy all the spectacular stunt work, chase scenes, f/x, pyrotechnics, gunplay, and comic relief with your brain on idle and a big tub of popcorn in your lap.
Kam Williams - AALBC.com
Given a story that calls for emotion, Cruise shows the turmoil his character is going through
Michael A. Smith - Nolan's Pop Culture Review
Abrams and Cruise deserve credit for breathing life and heart into a franchise with lots of potential.
Todd Hertz - Christianity Today
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Joseph Proimakis - Movies for the Masses
Not perfect, but it packs plenty of great action, special effects that don't astound but don't detract, a truly good bad guy, and a cool as ever Cruise missile.
Bruce Bennett - Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Suri's daddy elevates Impossible franchise ...
Michael Clawson - West Valley View
La cinta se siente fresca y actual, lo que le da nueva vida a una franquicia que parecia haberse agotado con tan solo dos entregas.
Jorge Avila Andrade - Moviola
... the best-told Mission: Impossible adventure yet.
Ethan Alter - Film Journal International
Tom is a superhero. His superpower is INTENSITY, for which there is apparently no kryptonite.
Gina Carbone - Seacoast Newspapers (NH/Maine)
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.
Ben Walters - Time Out
Abrams shoots virtually everything in close-up, has no skill in establishing space, and is only in his element when people are talking. And talking. And talking.
David Poland - Movie City News
Five seconds after leaving the big kickoff to this summer's movie season, I had a tough time recalling what I'd just watched.
Randy Shulman - Metro Weekly (Washington, DC)
I can't say that Mission Impossible 3 didn't live up to what I was anticipating even though I liked the 2nd one a wee bit better. I'll buy whatever J.J. Abrams is selling.
Kamal 'The Diva' Larsuel - 3BlackChicks Review
Flatters moviegoers who want to believe their loved ones can never know their true depths, and that deceptions and 'disguises' are a necessary part of life.
John Beifuss - Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
With Mission: Impossible III [Abrams] has essentially designed the most expensive episode of Alias ever made.
Mark Pfeiffer - Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
...a series of preposterous action sequences, one huge plot hole, and a bunch of emotional conflicts that seem to have more to do with Cruise than with his character.
Andy Klein - Los Angeles CityBeat
Delivers some rousing sequences that are sure to delight and enthrall audiences looking for some mindless, high-octane, escapist entertainment.
Jim Judy - Screen It!
Runs too fast, overloaded with pointless action to the brink of exhaustion.
Mark Sells - Oregon Herald
a better 2006 summer movie than "Mission: Impossible III?" That's pretty much impossible.
Jeffrey Lyles - Gazette (MD)
When you try to bring everything together, it's hard to tell what Malick is trying to get at. He eschews the typical conventions of the historical epic, favoring instead an elliptical, jumpy, and sometimes distanced view of the action.
James Kendrick - Q Network Film Desk
parts of the movie are fun, but a weak villain and a drag-down ending work against it.
Luke Y. Thompson - LYTRules.com
...one of those films that's fun to see in the theater with a full audience on a big screen, popcorn in hand.
Paul Salfen - Supercala.com
The small-screen sensibility of 'Alias' creator J.J. Abrams proves to be the adrenaline shot needed to finally get this franchise on its feet.
Jonathan R. Perry - Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)
An implosive Mission.
Angela Baldassarre - Sympatico.ca
This time, the balance has been tipped, and it isn't in Tom Cruise's favor.
Christopher Smith - Bangor Daily News (Maine)
This would be the new Ethan Hunt, handsome and harsh and also vulnerable. The refurbishing comes courtesy of the Cruise-selected J.J. Abrams.
Cynthia Fuchs - PopMatters
The best thing was that Tom Cruise acted like his old, pre-raving lunatic self again.
Dan Marcucci and Nancy Serougi - Broomfield Enterprise
Tom Cruise picks plots and directors for "Mission: Impossible" movies the way average folks select shirts or skirts. Finally, he's found a writer and director to put him, and the franchise, through its paces.
Nick Rogers - State Journal-Register (Springfield, IL)
Hoffman's icy villain -- and Cruise's smoldering vulnerability -- make this the most entertaining Mission' to date!
David N. Butterworth - rec.arts.movies.reviews
[The filmmakers] deliver the goods, with a plot that's (just barely) coherent enough to keep us watching, a neat cliffhanger opening scene and the usual array of to-hell-with-the-laws-of-physics action set-pieces.
Jim Lane - Sacramento News & Review
Goes down great with a side of placenta.
Jimmy O - Film Snobs
Not only the best installment of the series, but the first real blockbuster of the summer.
Jason Zingale - Bullz-Eye.com
Offre son lot de plaisirs coupables, si on ne s'attarde pas trop au scenario, a l'acteur principal ou a la derniere partie du film.
Nicolas Lacroix - EnPrimeur.ca
Un film de accion que no da respiro, no tiene mayores pretensiones que la de entretener, y cumple con todo lo que promete. El mejor de la serie, sin duda.
Enrique Buchichio - Uruguay Total
Despite my really not wanting to see it, I enjoyed the heck out of Abram's contribution to the franchise. And for the first time, it's really engaging!
Karina Montgomery - Cinerina
Should you decide to accept this movie, get used to the idea that it's all Tom Cruise, all the time.
Thomas Delapa - Boulder Weekly
... a summer slam dance that will have you gasping for breath.
Lori Hoffman - Atlantic City Weekly
At a reported price tag of $160 million, Mission Impossible III is the most expensive expanse of nothingness in the history of film.
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Interfering with what would otherwise suffice as popcorn pleasures, a jolt of "Law and Order"-style ripped-from-the-headlines electricity throws the movie fatally off-kilter.
Nell Minow - Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
A huge improvement over its immediate predecessor and just barely manages to top the first film for sheer breathless excitement.
Matt Brunson - Creative Loafing
It gets the job done, only without the added flourish and precision of what De Palma brought previously.
Mark Palermo - Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
Is an okay action flick but Tom's off screen persona gets in the way of the plot
Jackie K. Cooper - jackiekcooper.com
You're not going to get a lot of intelligence, or a lot of logic, or a lot of mental stimulation. But if it's thrills you're looking for, M:I 3 delivers.
Mike McGranaghan - Aisle Seat
Abrams was apparently so busy reading his own press he never noticed that film has a distinctly different aesthetic language than television.
Sean Burns - Philadelphia Weekly
Aside from what one can only assume is a much larger budget, merely a three-episode marathon of Alias.
Jon Popick - Planet Sick-Boy
The franchise serves only one purpose: To show Tom Cruise donning disguises, dangling precariously and blowing stuff up. In that regards, M:i III succeeds.
Kit Bowen - Hollywood.com
Mission: Implausible? That the movie star whose backlash from his couch-jumping and Scientology spouting would star in a terrific film? Perhaps. But here it is, on the big screen, in "Mission: Impossible III."
Linda Cook - Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Boasts the requisite pyrotechnics plus snappy dialogue, exotic locations and the dry humor and repressed eroticism of a Hitchcock thriller.
John P. McCarthy - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
The best of the three.
Richard Roeper - Ebert & Roeper
It's not deep or particularly brilliant, but it moves like a bullet, and it's the very best of the series so far.
Scott Weinberg - eFilmCritic.com
Tom Cruise has moved the franchise into much smarter and more emotionally involving territory. If only he had moved a little bit farther in that direction.
Dan Lybarger - eFilmCritic.com
It might have enough flash to please those who crave such entertainment films and don't mind if the story is nonsensical.
Dennis Schwartz - Ozus' World Movie Reviews
The single admirable attribute of 'Mission: Impossible III' is the technical expertise that goes into the making of the action sequences. Aside from that, [it's] ordinary and forgettable.
Arthur Lazere - culturevulture.net
'Something has gone up my nose,' Cruise says, 'and if it explodes I'm dead!' 'That happened to Lindsay Lohan,' said Ving Rhames, 'but it just made her peppy and skinny.'
Mark Ramsey - MovieJuice!
...exhilarating and explosive. The verdict is swift and crafty: the adrenaline rush that is M:I:3 is convincingly enjoyable--MISSION accomplished.
Frank Ochieng - Movie Eye
Manages to deliver the goods.
Scott Nash - Three Movie Buffs
M:I 3's weakest points come courtesy of the thoroughly implausible script. But criticizing a Mission: Impossible picture for lack of believability is like criticizing ice cream for being fatty.
Forrest Hartman - Reno Gazette-Journal
It's a helluva mission kids!
Emily Blunt - Blunt Review
A relentlessly entertaining action thriller that's bound to make even more money than the first two films.
Scott A. Mantz - Scott Mantz' Movie Reviews
"There comes a time when bold becomes stupid." Truer words were rarely said.
Eric Lurio - Greenwich Village Gazette
An impressive big screen debut for Lost creator J.J. Abrams, this is a blockbuster that's actually worthy of the name, featuring non-stop action, spectacular set-pieces, superb performances and a decent plot
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
Ethan Hunt is back and he has the impossible mission of making you forget all Tom Cruise's image problems. The good news is that once you hear that familiar theme music, he succeeds.
Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone - TheMovieChicks.com
Dean Essner - Baltimore Sun
When Mission: Impossible III is succeeding on any level, I'd like to give credit to its director, J.J. Abrams.
Jeffrey Chen - Window to the Movies
A step forward for the franchise: indeed, a step forward for the big-budget Hollywood action spectacular generally.
Robert Hanks - Independent
Although fast and full of explosions, this franchise is starting to look too formulaic, and familiar, for comfort.
Boo Allen - Denton Record Chronicle (TX)
Raises ethical questions, but this is no journey into philosophy but the summer's first action-packed movie.
Harvey S. Karten - Compuserve
Not only is Mission: Impossible III better than its predecessors, but it could very well hold up as the best action picture to come along in at least ten years.
David Cornelius - eFilmCritic.com
Abrams completely reinvents and revitalises the franchise.
Paul Greenwood - Future Movies UK
MI:3 get Cruise's Kitten some Mittens! A textbook summer popcorn flick that will entertain while watching, but instantly forgettable and runs out of steam early in the 3rd act. Could I be less passionate about a film that I liked?
Michelle Alexandria - Eclipse Magazine
This may be Tom Cruise's movie, but the real star is J.J. Abrams from start to finish. Our favorite nutcase Scientologist neither harmed nor helped the movie along.
Kevin Carr - 7M Pictures
Competent, disposable entertainment… in the post-007 world of Jason Bourne, that may not be enough.
Steven D. Greydanus - Decent Films Guide
More attention to story and character would have paid off dividends in a more satisfying all-around movie. Instead, what we get is a tepid fireworks display.
Pam Grady - Reel.com
...a perfectly respectable piece of summer entertainment (even if Abrams was aiming for more than that).
Josh Larsen - Sun Publications (Chicago, IL)
The movie is why popcorn was invented.
Jon Niccum - Lawrence Journal-World
On the menu tonight: a big helping of Cruise's ego.
Donald Munro - Fresno Bee
J.J. Abrams does a more-than-workmanlike job of balancing the requisites of the blockbuster espionage thriller with fulfilling all the thrill-ride fantasies of Tom Cruise.
Glenn Kenny - Premiere Magazine
Dave White - Movies.com
Is that Simon Pegg from Shaun of the Dead? Yeah, it is!
John Venable - Supercala.com
Abrams returns to Mission: Impossible's roots: the concept of the team.
Sean Means - Salt Lake Tribune
Abrams has made a top-notch action movie, one that captures what should be essential to the summer blockbusters: It's not only exciting, it's fun.
Gary Thompson - Philadelphia Daily News
The movie's unbound ridiculousness, like Cruise's, creates its own logic and momentum.
Dean Essner - E! Online
Abrams e habil ao permitir que o espectador acompanhe com clareza o que esta ocorrendo na tela, imprimindo velocidade aos acontecimentos sem que, com isso, sacrifique nossa compreensao.
Pablo Villaca - Cinema em Cena
The film does acknowledge its own ludicrousness with fleeting touches of humour, which makes it a lot more fun than both the De Palma and the Woo efforts.
Dean Essner - Sydney Morning Herald
After faltering in the John Woo sequel, Mission: Impossible is back on track -- with gusto -- as J.J. Abrams balances action spectacle with character-driven moments.
Bruce Kirkland - Jam! Movies
One can't help but feel disappointed by the totality of the effort; for all its apocalyptic pyrotechnics and high-octane stunts, it fails to muster so much as a single moment to compare with the riveting simplicity of the first film's NOC-stealing scene.
Cheryl Scheuer - Boxoffice Magazine
For all the attempts at adding depth, it's likely that audiences will come away remembering the fireworks.
Robert Denerstein - Denver Rocky Mountain News
With its smart script, its ability to pull the audience through admittedly implausible circumstances and its stronger-than-normal action characters, Abrams and Co. have made a film that certainly won't 'self-destruct in five seconds.'
Jack Garner - Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
Mission: Impossible III, the most satisfying in the spy-film series, includes all the gadgetry, death-defying stunts and tuxedos one might expect, plus something missing from its predecessors: a soul.
Carla Meyer - Sacramento Bee
The only thing more boring than nothing happening is a lot of nothings happening.
Walter Chaw - Film Freak Central
Suffers from being neither as character-driven nor as mindlessly badass as it could have been.
Kevin N. Laforest - Montreal Film Journal
Lacking Bond's refinement and good humor or the comparable realism of the Bourne Identity franchise, M:I 3 ends up as just another forgettable action movie.
Pete Vonder Haar - Film Threat
This more character-involved sequel is easily the best of the three films, which may be faint praise.
Jeff Vice - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"Mission Impossible: III" is a perfect summer blockbuster movie.
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
Repetitive and derivative, M:I III is a little more than two hours long -- but it feels like three.
Carol Cling - Las Vegas Review-Journal
Fun to watch but ultimately empty, Tom Cruise has found his most fitting metaphor in MI:3.
Mike Ward - Richmond.com
It's overwrought and overplotted, but it's plenty of fun.
Lawrence Toppman - Charlotte Observer
The original TV show's premise, which is still used in every sequel, "Expect the impossible," falls flat with the ease of technological input into a film.
Diana Saenger - ReviewExpress.com
M: I III feels like one of the more forgettable James Bond films -- saddled, moreover, with a star who's sliding into self-parody.
Shawn Levy - Oregonian
Let your mind go and the popcorn will follow.
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
Hoffman steals -- and saves -- the movie as a repellent, lizard-eyed villain.
Paul Arendt - BBC
The end result is the very definition of a summer movie: breezy, undemanding and a carefully balanced blend of the familiar and the not-quite-what-you-expected.
Maitland McDonagh - TV Guide's Movie Guide
Look, I realize that it can be hard to distinguish from dry snark, but I swear to god I am being 100 percent totally and sincerely sincere when I implore you to feel Tom's pain. Maybe.
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
Cruise reminds us what he does best, and it has nothing to do with TomKat or Scientology.
Tyler Hanley - Palo Alto Weekly
Amazingly, with the third Mission: Impossible movie they finally get it right.
Daniel M. Kimmel - Worcester Telegram & Gazette
Funnier, smarter, and grittier than most summer action movies.
Audrey Rock-Richardson - Tooele Transcript-Bulletin (Utah)
Despite the welcome addition of a romantic relationship to Ethan's life and the complications that it brings, the film is essentially a series of big action sequences so overpowering that we forget just what our heroes are trying to accomplish.
Robert W. Butler - Kansas City Star
Has little that you'll commit to memory, but it shows that Ethan Hunt shouldn't settle for a desk job just yet.
Harry Guerin - RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)
It does crackle with energy, but M:I III feels like yesterday's news, so 20th century.
Glenn Whipp - Los Angeles Daily News
Mission: Impossible III is big and fast and silly, but it's never dumb, and it's certainly never boring, either.
Rene Rodriguez - Miami Herald
A dark film filled with improbable stunts and unbelievable plot developments that uses women as props and objects just to keep the mayhem and the momentum going full tilt.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat - Spirituality and Practice
It's a hip action cocktail with a whole lot of kick.
Randy Myers - Contra Costa Times
You won't believe a minute of it, but you'll certainly smile at the infectious high-spirited energy of it all.
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
Fans who are still in Cruise's corner can enjoy the movie as a tense thriller. Those who can no longer take Cruise seriously can appreciate the film as a twisted comedy, a vanity project on the grandest possible scale.
James Sanford - Kalamazoo Gazette
M:I III actually gets better as it goes along (and spans the globe).
Scott Foundas - L.A. Weekly
As a summer time-waster that provides an empty adrenaline rush, M:I 3 will do. But it doesn't represent an advance on the first installments, and it does go on.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
I can't help but feel a little disappointed by the end result, considering the endlessly talented pedigree associated with the film, from cast to director to writer.
Jeff Otto - IGN Movies
Abrams knows what Mission fans want, and he gives us most of it.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
Abrams and Cruise create an explosive and highly entertaining blend of old-school and new-school spy movies.
Jeffrey Westhoff - Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
You never completely forget Abrams' TV pedigree, but the fact he's turned Mission: Impossible into a star-studded, amped-up version of Alias isn't a bad thing.
Dan Fienberg - Zap2it.com
In the most memorable action scene, nothing happens, until Cruise unexpectedly flies out of a skyscraper window, leaving us to imagine why.
Duane Dudek - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Technically the film looks a bit like a TV movie ... but that's precisely the point.
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
A mixed bag... but for 126-minutes, most viewers should be happily distracted, riding from high point to high point till the credits roll.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
Meant to be entertaining, Mission: Impossible III is about as much fun as somebody dipping into your brain with a motorized ice cream scooper.
David Elliott - San Diego Union-Tribune
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.
Mick LaSalle - San Francisco Chronicle
It's the way sequels should be: strong casting, breathless excitement, and characters with families and personality to remind us that, yes, action heroes are people, too.
Matt Pais - Metromix.com
While [Abrams'] projects have the dignity of being the few of a handful of watchable shows on network television, his feature film directorial debut is as dizzying and annoying as the most asinine of Michael Bay projects.
Bill Clark - FromTheBalcony
This is the franchise's third film (each with a different director), and it may well be the most successful of the bunch.
Moira MacDonald - Seattle Times
While all the Mission plots are convoluted and slightly preposterous -- the keyword in the title is Impossible -- the latest is just this side of insultingly stupid.
William Arnold - Seattle Post-Intelligencer
The third time's the charm...
Laura Clifford - Reeling Reviews
While there's nothing wrong with M:I III... I found myself wondering if we really needed to bother getting off the couch for it.
Rob Vaux - Flipside Movie Emporium
Proves that J.J. Abrams is the best at the espionage action thriller genre. I'm just sad that this will solidify him as a film director. I want my fix every week.
Fred Topel - Suite101.com
Pleasantly exhausting ... the first installment that really seems to get the enjoyably dorky charms of the source material.
Andrew Wright - The Stranger (Seattle, WA)
Gives the uncomfortable feeling of stumbling upon someone flexing in front of the mirror while listening to 'Eye of the Tiger' on full volume, but we get our money's worth.
Brian Juergens - Freeze Dried Movies
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.
Stephen Whitty - Newark Star-Ledger
Like its predecessors, M:I III might make a lot of money, but it makes no discernible impression.
Terry Lawson - Detroit Free Press
Relentless ... a popcorn thriller that keeps pouring it on,
Sean O'Connell - Filmcritic.com
When all was said and done two hours later, I had enjoyed myself...
JoBlo - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
A thrill ride, and a gripping one: plausibility-straining, predictable at times, but pulse-pounding all the same.
Peter Canavese - Groucho Reviews
Mission: Impossible III has everything you want in an action movie including cool gadgets, dream cars, fast paced chase scenes, some cool explosions, hot babes for the guys and good looking guys for the ladies ... J.J. Abrams has brought fun back
Willie Waffle - WaffleMovies.com
Even though this is really nothing more than escapist, illogical amusement that doesn't really go anywhere, it is original.
Phoebe Flowers - South Florida Sun-Sentinel
It has sneaking, chases, masks, a love story, a MacGuffin, role reversals, Ethan Hunt as fugitive, a plot from the original, the gun-totin' mentality of the second and comes up somewhere in-between the first two.
Erik Childress - eFilmCritic.com
Audiences searching for nothing more than popcorn entertainment will get their money's worth.
Dustin Putman - DustinPutman.com
The movie leaves you no sense of reward for having paid attention and everything might as well have been one large dream sequence.
Rubin Safaya - Cinemalogue.com
...a refreshing sense of humor and some dizzying action scenes...
Eric Melin - Scene-Stealers.com
If the film isn't a complete godsend, it's still well worth your money.
Steve Schneider - Orlando Weekly
Shallow to its core and as propulsive as a runaway locomotive, it's the most blatantly summer movie-ish of the Mission Impossibles.
Nick Schager - Slant Magazine
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.
Bruce Newman - San Jose Mercury News
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.
Peter Rainer - Christian Science Monitor
Not only is 'M:i:III' a massive adrenaline rush in terms of almost non-stop action sequences, it is better than its predecessors.
Steve Crum - Video-Reviewmaster.com
When Ethan is cool and determined to kick some ***, he's fascinating, but when he's rhapsodizing about true love, he's kind of a bore.
Josh Bell - Las Vegas Weekly
JJ Abrams took a franchise that was dinged up and created a film which%u2026dare I say it%u2026is better than the previous two Mission Impossible movies.
Rebecca Murray - About.com
... J.J. Abrams' writing and direction not only delivers the best of the IMF series but practically resets the potential longevity of the franchise back to 'start.'
Kevin A. Ranson - MovieCrypt.com
While M:I:III is the least successful series entry from a film-style standpoint, it is the most consistently suspenseful and action-packed, which counts for something.
Brett Buckalew - FilmStew.com
Eyes glittering, and ever-visible teeth gleaming, you'd never catch Ethan muttering "I'm getting too old for this *&%!" but he's surely thinking it.
Phil Villarreal - Arizona Daily Star
It's all poppycock, of course, but it's done with such vim and vigor and both narrative and visual flair that you care not a jot.
Marc Savlov - Austin Chronicle
It's like Abrams understands the public perception of Cruise's kooky celebrity. So why not embrace it.
Bob Longino - Atlanta Journal-Constitution
This is a divine, rollicking, fingernail-chewing action thriller, and kicks off the abnormally diverse summer 2006 moviegoing season with a deafening roar.
Brian Orndorf - FilmJerk.com
Yes, it's fundamentally business as usual, but it's the best kind of business as usual,
Keith Phipps - AV Club
Exciting from beginning to end. The best of the franchise!
Victoria Alexander - FilmsInReview.com
It's a bird. It's a plane. It's Superscientologist!
Chuck O'Leary - FulvueDrive-in.com
I had a lot of fun -- it gave me that wonderful cinema experience of not wanting it to end.
Ross Anthony - Hollywood Report Card
Yes, the plot lacks realism. Yes, Cruise is unrelenting as ever he was. Yes, the action never stops. Which simply means 'Mission: Impossible III' is 2006's first great popcorn flick.
David Foucher - EDGE Boston
If it takes 6 years for such a socko fix for the action-adventure addict, better wait than be sorry.
Jules Brenner - Cinema Signals
Starts out with a bang and rarely lets up.
Sean McBride - Sean the Movie Guy
This is a movie that is already slipping out of my mind and will probably never be revisited - or even thought about - again.
Devin Faraci - CHUD
Mission: Impossible III is so superior to its predecessors that it's almost unfair to burden it with the name Mission: Impossible.
Joshua Tyler - CinemaBlend.com
Fortunately, [Cruise]spends a nice chunk time running, which he does with such gung-ho intensity that it is easily the best acting he does in the entire film
Andrea Chase - Killer Movie Reviews
'Run Tom Run' will have your juices flowing and your heart pumping with a high tech thriller that is hands-down the best of the Mission: Impossible series.
Steve Rhodes - Internet Reviews
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?
John Anderson - Newsday
This is a movie of special effects and stunts. The script simply segues from one to the other. Surprise, surprise!
Tony Medley - tonymedley.com
This latest instalment delivers on everything one would expect from a Mission Impossible movie . . .
James O'Ehley - Sci-Fi Movie Page
This will not be seen as a disappointment like the last one was, but it is not much of an advance either -- even if it is in the right direction
Garth Franklin - Dark Horizons
On the build Mission 3 is urgent and addictive, but when closing the deal it's contrived and predictable.
Ian Nathan - Empire Magazine
Mission Impossible III is everything you expect and more. Dense and fast-paced with stunts to knock your socks off, as an action thriller, it is hard to beat.
Urban Cinefile Critics - Urban Cinefile
Exciting, kinetic and intelligent, J.J. Abrams theatrical debut is as good as anything he's produced on television. And that's saying something for the man who brought us Alias and Lost.
Joe Utichi - FilmFocus
Injecting fresh blood and energy into the franchise via stronger plot, more suitable villain (terrifically played by Philip Seymour Hoffman), and larger ensemble, TV's Abrams makes a splashy debut proving he's just as gifted big-screen director.
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com