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Based on 40 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
83
Entertainment Weekly
It's eye candy that detonates.
83
Moves with terrific energy, alternating riveting action sequences with intimate material in a manner that's pure Woo.
80
Rolling Stone
Keeps the pulse pounding without sacrificing laughs or logic.
80
The real deity of the movie is director Woo, who takes complete command of the latest technology -- hyperspeed editing, breathtaking cinematography, 10-out-of-10 stunt work -- to create brilliant action sequences.
75
Chicago Sun-Times
More evolved, more confident, more sure-footed in the way it marries minimal character development to seamless action.
75
USA Today
There's also a nice cheekiness to the material written by Robert Towne ("Chinatown"), and the usual cool high-tech toys are deployed.
75
New York Post
Check your brains at the popcorn stand and hang on for a spectacular ride.
74
Mr. Showbiz
Strangely, what it most lacks is the genuine tension found in the first "Mission"'s signature set pieces.
63
Never as much fun as (Woo's) old Chow Yun Fat-starring Chinese pics.
63
New York Daily News
There's solid chemistry between Cruise and the stunning Newton, a superb actress previously restricted to such ethnic roles as Sally Hemings in "Jefferson in Paris" and the title role in "Beloved."
63
Suggests that Cruise the actor may have outgrown this kind of stuff.
63
San Francisco Examiner
Woo delivers a vintage breakneck, break-arm, break-face 20-minute finale.
60
It's actually sharper, less reverential and generally better than "Misson: Impossible."
50
San Francisco Chronicle
Woo's aggressive, cartoony attack in the film, which makes for its biggest delights, also wipes out whatever chance it might have had of making an emotional impact.
50
Even the most spectacular things Woo unleashes here feel strangely impersonal.
40
Chicago Reader
Dispenses so many rubber masks to allow the characters to swap identities that no hero or villain winds up carrying any moral weight at all.
30
Variety
Even more empty a luxury vehicle than its predecessor, M:I 2 pushes the envelope in terms of just how much flashy packaging an audience will buy when there's absolutely nada inside.
30
Village Voice
A vaguely absurd epidemiological thriller filled with elaborately superfluous setups and shamelessly stale James Bond riffs.
25
Mostly, you get a pain in the head from the assault on your senses and déjà vu as thick as heartburn after an anchovy pizza.

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