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Mission Impossible 6: Early Fallout reactions praise sequel that 'raises the bar'

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The first reactions have landed.

Over five films, the franchise - an adaptation of the beloved espionage TV series - has embedded itself as one of the most bankable and dependable cinema fixtures since Brian De Palma's original was released in 1996.

© Shutterstock In fact, it's hard to recall a film series in which each entry has been just as well reviewed as the last. The previous two releases, Ghost Protocol and Rogue Nation, even went on to become the highest-grossing of them all.

© Shutterstock It seems Tom Cruise and director Christopher McQuarrie have struck gold again with Fallout. The early critical buzz is extremely positive with many praising it as the best blockbuster of the summer. To top it off, it's being projected for a $60m (£45.3m) opening weekend - it's highest yet. 

© Shutterstock You can see a selection of social media reactions below.

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Joining Cruise for the sequel are Rebecca Ferguson, Henry Cavill, Vanessa Kirby and Simon Pegg. The film will be released on 25 July.

Related: 20 sequels and prequels that were better than the original (Provider: Yardbarker)

New and improved: A number of sequels and prequels are hitting theaters this summer. “Oceans 8,” “Deadpool 2,” “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” and “Incredibles 2” have already been released, while “The First Purge” (July 4), “Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation” (July 13), “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again” (July 20) and “Mission: Impossible - Fallout” (July 27) are still to come. Although many movie fans groan at this type of news due to the poor track record of these films, that’s not always the case. To prove this point (and provide a little hope), here are 20 sequels and prequels that were better than the original. 20 sequels and prequels that were better than the original

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