Mission: Impossible II

Metascore
59

Mixed or average reviews - based on 40 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 40
  2. Negative: 3 out of 40

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Critic Reviews

  1. It's actually sharper, less reverential and generally better than "Misson: Impossible."
  2. Reviewed by: Sean Means
    60
    Isn't bad as summer action fare goes -- big and loud, impressively staged by Hong Kong action auteur John Woo, a combination of special effects and eye-popping stunt maneuvers threaded by a plotline that doesn't make sense in the slightest.
  3. 60
    Abandon all hopes of common sense, and enter the theater with high expectations for visceral entertainment. You won't be disappointed.
  4. Reviewed by: Robert Horton
    60
    The problem is that the motion picture around these individual stunts is patently a committee-made artifact.
  5. Tampa Bay Times
    Reviewed by: Steve Persall
    Aug 2, 2015
    58
    Woo directs Mission: Impossible 2 cautiously, as if still introducing himself to U.S. audiences despite Face-Off and Broken Arrow. Or maybe he has nothing left to say about the poetry of violence after such visual eloquence in his Chinese classics. [24 May 2000, p.1D]
  6. The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
    Reviewed by: Rick Groen
    Aug 2, 2015
    50
    In keeping with the purloining spirit of sequeldom, Woo plunders his own past. [24 May 2000, p.R1]
  7. The Hollywood Reporter
    Reviewed by: David Hunter
    Aug 2, 2015
    50
    Woo masterfully stages fierce and memorably destructive cinematic sequences, but his use of slow motion becomes tiresome, and the motorcycles-and-kung fu finale gets pretty hokey. Cruise comes off as fearless and virile, and his fans should not be disappointed in the slightest. [24 May 2000]
  8. New Orleans Times-Picayune
    Reviewed by: Michael H. Kleinschrodt
    Aug 2, 2015
    50
    Long stretches of boredom punctuated by a few thrilling action sequences is the most succint description I can give of M:I-2. [24 May 2000, p.E1]
  9. 50
    Even the most spectacular things Woo unleashes here feel strangely impersonal.
  10. 50
    Blanks, in a sense, are what M:I-2 is firing. You see the flash, you hear the bang, but the impact never comes.
  11. 50
    Once the basic conflict is established, the story plods along, alternating between preposterous -- in a bad way -- speeches and even more preposterous -- but in a good way -- shootouts and slugfests.
  12. Woo's patented pyrotechnics - intricate editing, acrobatic camera movements, slow-motion mayhem - lend intermittent sparks to the violent action sequences, but the two-dimensional characters have little personality.
  13. Woo's aggressive, cartoony attack in the film, which makes for its biggest delights, also wipes out whatever chance it might have had of making an emotional impact.
  14. Dispenses so many rubber masks to allow the characters to swap identities that no hero or villain winds up carrying any moral weight at all.
User Score
8.1

Universal acclaim- based on 433 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 37
  2. Negative: 4 out of 37
  1. Jan 11, 2012
    10
    This is the best Mission Impossible, John Woo made a good job with this film. The action is as I lwant the action to be. Enjoyable, funny andThis is the best Mission Impossible, John Woo made a good job with this film. The action is as I lwant the action to be. Enjoyable, funny and extreme. M:I-2 rules! Full Review »
  2. Apr 19, 2011
    10
    Hands down the best Mission Impossible movie out of the 3 movies made so far. The chemistry between Tom Cruise and Thandie was delish! ThisHands down the best Mission Impossible movie out of the 3 movies made so far. The chemistry between Tom Cruise and Thandie was delish! This is the only movie out of the franchise that I can watch over and over and over again without fail. The car scene, the bike scene the scenes thru out he entire movie keeps me riverted. Tom should have made MI-3 with Thandie and kept it going but I am sure Hollywood had something to do with him changing from a black romantic female lead. I'm just glad he did not go with the wooden Hallie Berry who though beautiful is meh when acting. I would have loved to see MI-4 with Thandie but he's not going that way so hopefully if he continues the franchise he will bring her back on board. Full Review »
  3. Dec 26, 2011
    5
    Sadly, John Woo's poor direction on "Mission Impossible 2" even makes the action crappy.