Tom Cruise plays Ethan Hunt in the Mission: Impossible series.
Tom Cruise plays Ethan Hunt in the Mission: Impossible series.

Early Mission Impossible Fallout reviews compare it to sex, drugs, Mad Max

Mission: Impossible - Fallout is the highest-rated film of the series on the review aggregator site, Rotten Tomatoes. See how it compares to the other MI films.
Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 13, 2018 04:25 PM IST

Mission: Impossible - Fallout, the sixth film in the long-running actions series, is receiving ecstatic early reviews. The film was premiered in Paris recently, and Paramount Pictures, likely recognising that they had a winner on their hands, did not enforce embargoes on reactions and reviews. And they were right. The film currently has a series-best 98% rating on review aggregator site, Rotten Tomatoes, based on 40 reviews.

The site’s critical consensus reads, “Fast, sleek, and fun, Mission: Impossible - Fallout lives up to the “impossible” part of its name by setting yet another high mark for insane set pieces in a franchise full of them.”

Fallout is the highest-rated Mission Impossible film.
Fallout is the highest-rated Mission Impossible film.

Early reactions to the film compared it to sex, drugs and called it the best action movie since 2015’s Mad Max: Fury Road. Critics also singled out Christopher McQuarrie’s direction and Tom Cruise’s undisputed reign as the world’s greatest action movie star.

“Not since Fury Road have such viscerally practical effects been put to better use by such deliriously impractical people,” wrote IndieWire’s David Ehrlich. “It delivers. More than that, it’s become the rare franchise that seems to just get better, twistier, and more deliriously fun with each installment,” wrote Entertainment Weekly’s Chris Nashawaty.

Meanwhile, the film’s only negative review came from Slant magazine’s Keith Uhlich, who wrote, “It misses no opportunity to prop up Cruise’s indomitable earthly ego while his character runs, jumps, falls, fist-fights, sky-dives, and clambers up rope and cliff in service of...what exactly?”

In comparison, the first Mission: Impossible, released back in 1996, has a 62% rating. 2000’s Mission: Impossible 2 is the lowest rated of the series, with a 57% score. 2006’s Mission: Impossible III has a 70% score. The franchise saw a rebirth of sorts with 2011’s Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, which has a 93% score. 2015’s Rogue Nation, also directed by McQuarrie, has a 93% score as well.

Fallout will see returning cast members such as Ving Rhames, Simon Pegg, Michelle Monaghan, Alec Baldwin, Rebecca Ferguson and Sean Harris, who plays the villain. The film has been scheduled for a July 27 release.

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