...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.
—Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly
The most exciting action flick of the year, by a huge margin.
—Andrew O'Hehir Salon
...a very good thrill ride and Cruise is better than he's been in a long time.
—Peter Rainer Christian Science Monitor
As Cruise clings to the side of the building using malfunctioning equipment, and a sandstorm looms in the distance, the question shifts from whether Bird can direct an action film to whether there's anyone out there who can top him.
—Keith Phipps Onion AV Club
It's implausible as hell, but no less fun for that.
—Peter Travers Rolling Stone
Oscar-winning animator Brad Bird seems to have accomplished the impossible with the fourth Mission: Impossible installment by injecting the 15-year-old series with newfound, breathtaking energy.
—Claudia Puig USA Today
...a terrific thriller with action sequences that function as a kind of action poetry.
—Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times
...will probably hit the sweet spot at the box-office - and give Cruise a whole new reason to start jumping on couches.
—Lou Lumenick New York Post
...less pretentious and obsessively pretty than the second movie.
—Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune
...Hoffman enlivens Mission: Impossible III, which otherwise droops, done in both by the maudlin romance and by Mr. Abrams's inability to adapt his small-screen talent...
—Manohla Dargis New York Times