Box art for Mission: Impossible III

Mission: Impossible III

action & adventure


Ethan Hunt comes face to face with a dangerous and sadistic arms dealer while trying to keep his identity secret in order to protect his girlfriend.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    70%
  • Audience Score
    68%

common sense

PAUSE for kids age 13
Consumerism
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
Language
3 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
Sex
3 out of 5
Violence
4 out of 5

More boisterous and violent action; teens and up.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this movie includes frequent, intense scenes of violence, including a few (repeat) shots of a dead character's grisly face, whose loss causes some brief heartache for our hero). Secret agent action includes explosions (including tiny bombs that detonate inside agents' brains), shootouts with automatic weapons, missile fire, car and helicopter chases, falls, crashes, and torture (victims tied to chairs, showing sweaty faces and teary eyes). A couple kisses and then, following a quick hospital chapel wedding, has sex in a supply room (scene cuts away following removal of shirts); girl appears briefly in shower, head and shoulders up. Blood is visible following a few shootings. Ethan's face is repeatedly bruised and scraped. Characters drink wine, champagne, and beer. Villain smokes cigarettes a couple of times.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the tension Ethan feels between his job and his personal life/romance. How does he learn that lying to his wife has various costs, in terms of trust as well as her physical danger? They can also talk about action movies in general, and whether a movie needs violence in order to be thrilling.

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: My final reaction to Mission: Impossible III is one of bemused tolerance and even mild absorption in all the silliness.

- Andrew Sarris, New York Observer, Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Fresh: Director J.J. Abrams, creator of such TV hits as Alias and Lost, makes a reasonably impressive feature debut with the best installment of the series.

- Ann Hornaday, Washington Post, Thursday, May 4, 2006

Rotten: The grand finale? A fistfight, after which somebody gets run over. Listen, if I want to see that kind of action, I don't go to Shanghai. I don't even go to the movies. I go to the South Bronx and stand outside a bar.

- Anthony Lane, New Yorker, Monday, May 8, 2006

Audience Reviews

3 stars

You gotta admit that it's Action with a capital A !

- emilebond007, Saturday, November 20, 2010

3 stars

A wholly entertaining action movie, but who here is really afraid of Philip Seymour Hoffman? Dude looks more like he'd bake you some cookies before he'd threaten to kill your wife. I think my biggest disappointment with this movie is how far it moved the series away from actual espionage and into the "a lot of shit is exploding" category. Granted, I haven't seen the second film, and the first one wasn't 100% subtle either, but it was at least a bit more subdued. What sets this apart from God-awful pyrotechnic abortions like Transformers is that it manages to do its fiery business without insulting your intelligence. J.J. Abrams plays with the plot in some neat ways, like keeping the exposition lean to focus on the good stuff. When it comes right down to it, we really didn't need to know what the Rabbit's Foot did exactly...we could fill it in with our imaginations, and that granted Abrams five more minutes to put together one of his nifty set pieces. Some probably consider it lazy writing; I call it progressive. Strong performances and film-making all around. Good, but just not unique.

- ceWEBrity, Tuesday, June 29, 2010

4 stars

the best of the series and is really good. A-

- bbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbb1, Friday, June 25, 2010