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Mission: Impossible 'One of the Best Movies of the Year'

Tom Cruise has still got it as Ethan Hunt
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 27, 2018 10:48 AM CDT

(Newser) – A terrorist group seeks plutonium bombs in Mission: Impossible - Fallout, the sixth film in the series for those counting. You can surely expect another: Critics have given the Christopher McQuarrie-directed film a 98% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Here's what they're saying:

  • "Mission: Impossible - Fallout knocks itself out to keep you awake and entertained. The result is a film that won't make a dent in cinema history but … is impossible to resist," writes Rex Reed at the New York Observer. He refers to Henry Cavill as laughable—not in a good way—but praises "the eternally youthful" Cruise. "With the star behind the wheel, there is never so much as a stripped gear or a flat tire."
  • Though the flick is probably longer than it needs to be, "it's hard not to admire just how much spark this long-running fuse still has left in it," is Brian Lowry's take at CNN. After more than two decades as Ethan Hunt, Cruise remains "perfectly good" in this "slickly assembled, well-oiled adrenaline rush," which includes a few action sequences that are "pretty dazzling."

  • "Fallout throws off Hope-diamond levels of grandeur" and "may be the best Mission: Impossible movie since the first," according to Stephanie Zacharek at Time. Rebecca Ferguson's Ilsa Faust is "a foxy-smart presence." But "Cruise is an unhinged stickman, outrunning the devil, the aging process, time itself," she writes. "He will outrun us all."
  • The script ("fantastic"), cast ("uniformly strong") and plot ("timeless and current in the way that it plays with loyalty and identity") left Brian Tallerico impressed, too. This is "one of the best movies of the year" with "roughly seven of the 10 best action sequences of the year," and will leave you "ready to take on the world," he writes at RogerEbert.com.
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