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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

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common sense

PAUSE for kids age 13
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
3 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
3 out of 5
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

4 stars

A giant step up from part II and an amazing plot. It is definitely up to par with the first film, even though the film making isn't quite as precise. Tom Cruise and Philip Seymour Hoffman were amazing, delivering some great performances for an action movie. What I loved most is that it brought back the suspense element to the series.

- ythelastman89, Thursday, January 14, 2010

3 stars

After watching repeated runs of this on TNT, I realize it's not as bad as I initially thought...Still, it has issues, and also never quite matches the quality of the first one.

- flutieman07, Saturday, October 31, 2009

1 star

Well, as long as Mr. Cruise liked it, that?s main thing, eh Tom!?

- SirPant, Monday, September 21, 2009