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  • Summary: Blamed for the terrorist bombing of the Kremlin, IMF operative Ethan Hunt is disavowed along with the rest of the agency when the President initiates "Ghost Protocol". Left without any resources or backup, Ethan must find a way to clear his agency's name and prevent another attack. ToBlamed for the terrorist bombing of the Kremlin, IMF operative Ethan Hunt is disavowed along with the rest of the agency when the President initiates "Ghost Protocol". Left without any resources or backup, Ethan must find a way to clear his agency's name and prevent another attack. To complicate matters further, Ethan is forced to embark on this mission with a team of fellow IMF fugitives whose personal motives he does not fully know. [Paramount Pictures] Expand
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  1. Positive: 38 out of 47
  2. Negative: 0 out of 47
  1. Reviewed by: Owen Gleiberman
    Dec 16, 2011
    100
    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.
  2. Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    Dec 16, 2011
    88
    It's implausible as hell, but no less fun for that.
  3. Reviewed by: William Goss
    Aug 2, 2015
    80
    The first live-action endeavor from director Brad Bird (The Incredibles, The Iron Giant), Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol is filled with the verve and clarity of his animated action sequences while lending just enough gravity and remote plausibility to the stunts and gadgetry to keep it from becoming a glorified cartoon in and of itself.
  4. Reviewed by: Wesley Morris
    Dec 15, 2011
    75
    Bird also really punches up the ensemble playing. I imagine one of the upsides of being the director of nonhuman beings is that you're trained to respond to characters as much as stars.
  5. Reviewed by: Manohla Dargis
    Dec 15, 2011
    70
    Gets back to action basics with globe-trotting, nifty gadgets, high-flying stunts and less loquacious villainy.
  6. Reviewed by: Justin Chang
    Dec 7, 2011
    70
    Pixar wizard Brad Bird's live-action debut serves up sights and setpieces of often jaw-dropping ingenuity and visual flair, but it's a movie of dazzling individual parts that don't come together to fully satisfying effect in the final stretch.
  7. Reviewed by: Joe Walsh
    Aug 2, 2015
    40
    Ghost Protocol is action fluff, and on that level alone it works well enough.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 13 out of 194
  1. Dec 16, 2011
    10
    Simply high octane action in the movie. This is the best action movie of 2011. Brad bird and Tom cruise rocks!! So go and watch this oneSimply high octane action in the movie. This is the best action movie of 2011. Brad bird and Tom cruise rocks!! So go and watch this one because you can't afford to miss such a great action thriller flick of the mission impossible franchise. Expand
  2. Dec 29, 2011
    10
    Tom Cruise returns to his Ethan Hunt character popularized by the previous three installments with this fourth entry produced by J.J. Abrams.Tom Cruise returns to his Ethan Hunt character popularized by the previous three installments with this fourth entry produced by J.J. Abrams. Josh Appelbaum and André Nemec provide the script for the Paramount production. Expand
  3. Jul 25, 2015
    9
    Huzzah for Brad Bird's energy!
    "M:I-III" was an improvement over the last two films, but "M:I - Ghost Protocol" is so much better. The action
    Huzzah for Brad Bird's energy!
    "M:I-III" was an improvement over the last two films, but "M:I - Ghost Protocol" is so much better. The action scenes are spectacular, the cinematography is fantastic, the dialogue is funny and well-done, and the stunt work by Tom Cruise(that Burj Khalifa climb is conceptualized and executed so expertly, and very nerve-wracking-ly) and everyone else's contribution is great. The plot is intense and actually got me involved with what was going on. "Mission: Impossible III" was exciting, but "Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol" is intriguingly exhilarating.

    "M:I Ghost Protocol" help me become a good enough fan of this series and I sooo recommend viewing it at least once, or maybe twice. It's a pure action-packed, summer blockbuster.
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  4. Jun 19, 2013
    8
    Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol shows that the franchise is still going strong. Tom Cruise once again gives a top notch performance andMission Impossible: Ghost Protocol shows that the franchise is still going strong. Tom Cruise once again gives a top notch performance and Brad Bird shows a great eye for action scenes. Expand
  5. Dec 24, 2011
    7
    The plot is lack-luster, though with a couple nice twists that lend it some creativity, but the action is some of the greatest action of anyThe plot is lack-luster, though with a couple nice twists that lend it some creativity, but the action is some of the greatest action of any movie. The action sequences are completely unrealistic, yet so well-done, thrilling, and, to be honest, totally awesome that the plot doesn't need to be good. From the very first scene, Brad Bird grips you tight and doesn't let go until the credits start to roll. Just as James Cameron's Avatar was the new standard for top-notch special effects, Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol is the new standard for top-notch action. It was well worth the 12 dollars to see it and watching it was a truly enjoyable thrill ride. Expand
  6. Jan 4, 2012
    7
    A solid, well filmed action flick, and the second best in the series. I prefer J.J. Abrams' MI:3. Sure there are some fantastic actionA solid, well filmed action flick, and the second best in the series. I prefer J.J. Abrams' MI:3. Sure there are some fantastic action sequences, and yes, Tom Cruise runs a lot. A. LOT. The whole thing just seems overblown, overplayed, and...over. Kudos to Simon Pegg for adding some much needed humor but why Brad Bird, WHY did you add the Three Stooges slapstick stuff, i.e. Jeremy Renner pacing, stretching, doing lunges before his big jump? Save that stuff for a Pixar film. Expand
  7. Apr 30, 2013
    0
    I agree 100% with weisberger. I honestly don't see how anyone likes this movie. The plot is incredibly shallow and generic, Explains prettyI agree 100% with weisberger. I honestly don't see how anyone likes this movie. The plot is incredibly shallow and generic, Explains pretty much nothing, and the dialogue is awful. The action scenes are poorly done and are so incredibly unrealistic that it leaves you dumb-founded. I really don't see how anyone could give this movie a position review let alone critical acclaim. Collapse

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