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'Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol' the franchise's best?

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One of the finest compliments you can give any fourth film in a franchise is that it made you want to go back and watch the first three movies again. That’s what I was thinking as I left Brad Bird’s Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol (along with how lucky Tom Cruise’s Ethan Hunt was to forget to ditch his goggles while changing into his suit). Is M:I 4 officially the best of the franchise? We take it to a vote below. 

For the record, according to EW’s Owen Gleiberman, the fourth film is tops: He gave it an A. The first film, 1996’s Mission: Impossible earned a B, while both 2000‘s Mission: Impossible 2 and 2006‘s Mission: Impossible III scored a B+.

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