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Mission: Impossible II

With computer genius Luther Stickell at his side and a beautiful thief on his mind, agent Ethan Hunt races across Australia and Spain to stop a former IMF agent from unleashing a genetically engineered biological weapon called Chimera.
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Netflix Rating: 3.5
Rotten Tomatoes: Rotten 57%
Critics' score: 57   Audience score: 55   Rotten Tomatoes page
Top Rotten Tomatoes Critics

Woo lays on his own particular high-octane stylishness so thick the results edge perilously toward self-parody. full review

Dennis Harvey, Variety

A vaguely absurd epidemiological thriller filled with elaborately superfluous setups and shamelessly stale James Bond riffs. full review

J. Hoberman, Village Voice

There are graceful Woo touches even outside the action scenes, like the swaying of sheep as a helicopter buzzes their pen in the Outback. But it's not enough to get over the blandness.

Robert Horton, Film.com

For all my profound reservations about the whole project, I wound up liking it more, or, at least disliking it less, than I had anticipated. Thandie Newton is the biggest reason. full review

Andrew Sarris, New York Observer

Woo's hysterically hyper visuals and boytoy gimmickry can't camouflage the emptiness of the enterprise. full review

Derek Adams, Time Out

Despite Cruise's attempts here to be Byronic, there's something strenuous about his soulfulness; he turns everything, even repose, into calisthenics. full review

Peter Rainer, New York Magazine

It's fun. It's laughable. It has moments of excitement, moments of sheer idiocy and moments of sheer idiotic excitement. full review

Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle

A strained sequel to a feature rip-off of an old television show with a stealable theme song. On screen and off, no one's getting marks for originality here. full review

Rick Groen, Globe and Mail

Check your brains at the popcorn stand and hang on for a spectacular ride.

Lou Lumenick, New York Post

Mission: Impossible 2 is pure escapism and never pretends to be anything else. full review

Woo beats Brian De Palma's direction of M:I all to heck. full review

Louis B. Parks, Houston Chronicle

M:I-2 more than meets the challenge of summer sequeldom.

Kevin Maynard, Mr. Showbiz

Bottom line, M:I-2 seems destined to create the kind of excitement and box-office punch that insiders have been predicting since the turn of the century. full review

Susan Stark, Detroit News

Once Woo unleashes his bad self and ignites the proceedings here, once the glass shatters, the flames erupt, the gunshots ricochet and the doves fly, all is well with M:I-2. full review

Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times

It's eye candy that detonates. full review

Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly

Ita(TM)s hard to generate suspense when the audience has no reason to believe a character is ever in danger. full review

Sergio Barreto, Chicago Reader

Isn't bad as summer action fare goes.

Sean Means, Film.com
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