"Mr. Bird and his cinematographer, Robert Elswit, sustain a remarkable level of visual and dramatic energy in scenes that exult in exotic settings, edgy architecture and quirky behavior."
Wall Street Journal (12/16/2011)
"[W]ith inventive visuals and spectacular action scenes....A powerful thrill ride that is simultaneously gritty and dazzling."
USA Today - Claudia Puig (12/16/2011)
4 stars out of 5 -- "MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE 4 is so well-made and smooth you may need to see it more than once to truly appreciate its brains and nerves and blood."
Box Office (12/07/2011)
"Bird has done a stylish and involving job here, turning in an entertaining production that's got considerable visual flair....This is high anxiety with a vengeance."
Los Angeles Times - Kenneth Turan (12/16/2011)
"[T]he score is in safe hands with Michael Giacchino, and one set piece is among the best in the series..."
Sight and Sound - Henry K. Miller (02/01/2012)
"GHOST PROTOCOL brims with scenes that are exciting and amazing at the same time....Fast and explosive, but it's also a supremely clever sleight-of-hand thriller." -- Grade: A
Entertainment Weekly - Owen Gleiberman (01/06/2012)
"Bird brings a scary amount of assurance to GHOST PROTOCOL. His action scenes are clean, coherent, thrilling, and visceral..." -- Grade: A-
A.V. Club - Keith Phipps (12/15/2011)
3.5 stars out of 4 -- "MISSION IMPOSSIBLE -- GHOST PROTOCOL is a terrific thriller with action sequences that function as a kind of action poetry."
Chicago Sun-Times - Roger Ebert (12/14/2011)
"[Bird] delivers stunning and often inventive visuals, not to mention some ultra cool new gadgets worth drooling over..."
Movieline - Jen Yamato (12/15/2011)
4 stars out of 5 -- "[A] film that delivers two hours-plus of thrilling blockbuster entertainment with a big goofy grin on its face."
Total Film - Neil Smith (04/01/2012)