Effectively and joyously ridiculous. Cruise plays the unflappably cool spy with aplomb. Diaz plays the the girl caught in his wake with verve and humor. Amazingly, they make this ridiculous, delirious movie work. The CGI bulls, on the other hand; if you can't do it well, cut it out. They were obviously no threat to the actors but they did serious damage to the movie.
James Mangold's craftmanship is worthy of praise. The rhythm and action shots are well balanced and the harmony of man and woman is plausible. Mangold's real talent is hidden behind the industrial mask. It is a wonderful action film, much better than Christopher Nolan.
surprisingly enjoyable - but the whole time I kept thinking "He has a wife, get your hands off of Ethan Hunt!" but then I remembered that this wasn't a Mission Impossible film - it has too much MI vibe to it, which is a shame
Surprisingly underrated action comedy that benefits from the presence of the also underrated Diaz and the always exceptional Viola Davis. Cruise is utterly coasting here and Sarsgaard one-dimensionally sinister, yet something in the first half just grabs and pleases with its willingness to not take itself too seriously.
Cruise's duality is nicely balanced in this light action/suspense movie. Is that smirk of his genuine? Sort of a homage to "Risky Business" and "Eyes Wide Shut" (and "Wichita"!?). Cameron Diaz is wonderful too.