Box art for Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol

Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol

action & adventure, thrillers

Agent Ethan Hunt and his elite team go underground after a bombing implicates the IMF as terrorists. While trying to clear their name, the team uncovers a plot to start a nuclear war.

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common sense

PAUSE for kids age 13
3 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
2 out of 5
3 out of 5
Positive messages
2 out of 5
Positive role models
2 out of 5
1 out of 5
4 out of 5

Spy franchise returns for more action-packed thrills.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that the fourth installment in the popular Mission: Impossible franchise has all the hallmarks that made the previous incarnations successful: a twisty plot, a motley crew (led by Tom Cruise's Ethan Hunt) on a spying mission, and lots and lots of jaw-dropping stunts and high-tech gadgetry. Expect tons of thrilling-but-violent action sequences, including assassinations and weapons that maim, bomb, and kill. The body count definitely adds up, but blood is minimal. There's also some swearing (including "s--t"), as well as some kissing and flirting, social drinking, and smoking.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about action movies. Does this kind of movie need violence in order to be thrilling?
  • How does the filmmaker handle the violent missions? Are they glamorized? If so, what effect does this have?
  • Is Ethan a role model? Why or why not?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Top Critic Reviews


- A.O. Scott, New York Times, Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Fresh: It's a rousing gasp machine that gives the flagging franchise the kick in the pants it sorely needed, and it marks the most impressive segue from cartoons to features since Pee-Wee's Big Adventure.

- Alonso Duralde, TheWrap, Saturday, December 17, 2011

Fresh: Bird's] fresh touch gives breathless energy, tremendous excitement and, above all, humor to what could have been a wearying genre exercise.

- Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune, Sunday, December 18, 2011

Audience Reviews

4 stars

Mission Impossible is back to what it was always supposed to be. A team. I'm glad Cruise et al came to this realisation eventually, the film is certainly better because of it. I have to say I really liked Ghost Protocol, much more than the other 3 films for sure. It has just the right level of humour and drama, the action is clever without being silly and it left me wanting more so long may the franchise continue - something I didn't think I'd be saying. The Ving Rhames cameo was a bit rubbish though eh!

- SirPant, Friday, October 19, 2012

4 stars

Good plot. Ethan (Cruise) is broken out of jail and has to stop the Russians sending a missile attack on USA. Obviously big budgets involved as they globe trotted through different countries. For once only the bad guys die, so you know there will be another movie in the pipeline.

- thmtsang, Sunday, September 2, 2012

3 stars

A decent entry in the series, not quite as good as the 3rd in my opinion, but quite close. It would have been nice to see a bit more of some of the previous cast members than brief cameos. The main plot and story isn't quite as absurd as some of the previous films, and how they go about the Mission. Which is a good thing I think. If you liked the others you'll like this to.

- Deano78, Wednesday, August 22, 2012