Critic Review - Chicago Reader

There's not much humor to keep it all life-size, and by the final stretch it's become bloated, mechanical, and tiresome.

June 5, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader | Comments (48)
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Unknown Unknown

That is called "The Matrix", buddy.

May 10 - 04:36 AM


Daz Jobbo

Your idea of a good movie is a joke, go and watch "40 First dates" or watever u watch

Jun 14 - 09:22 PM


Robert Stottlemyer

wow, you really are a horrible critic. It is comforting to know that all the ignorant old people, with irrelevant views (much like yourself) will eventually die soon, leaving room for the fresher generations to voice their knowledgeable opinions.

-not one of them, but neither are you.

Jun 21 - 12:49 PM


Everett Lawson

There's room for descent, but damn are you wrong. I hope no one pays you to be a movie critic.

Jul 7 - 02:19 AM


Eric Jones

I was really shocked to read this review. This movie took lots of different exciting elements from various genres and pulled them together into something extremely fascinating. Its hard to believe you didn't "get it".

Sep 24 - 03:16 AM


Nick Sullivan

Jonathan Rosenbaum, your review has about as much substance as a Britney Spears CD.

The sarcasism and attempted wit is boring and tediously cringing.

By the final sentance it's become self-indlugent, childish and downright moronic.

The Matrix is a holey original film, the concept is innovative, the characters are everlasting mentally and the direction and slylistics are incredible. Learn to appreciate good filmwork you ****.

Jan 7 - 06:32 AM

King Thor

Chris Kalmin

Right, cuz all good movies have tons of humor to 'keep it all life-size'....

Mar 31 - 04:43 PM

James B.

James Bong

lol yeah the matrix really needed more jokes?

Apr 4 - 11:05 PM


Steve Griffiths

The Matrix was a film which generated new techniques not used in a feature film in the past.

Apr 7 - 04:34 PM

Mysterious F.

Mysterious F

I actually agree with Rosenbaum in that The Matrix isn't a good movie. Many events go unexplained for the entire movie, and it can be plain stupid at times. Too far-fetched an idea that becomes too predictable in the end, but at least it outshines disasterous sci-fi films like Star Wars.

Apr 28 - 01:01 PM

Jay L.

Jay Le

@Mysterious F...
Watch The Matrix again and pay attention (especially to the dialogues or put on subs if you have to). It explains everything CLEARLY, especially by Morpheus. I even get it so you can throw any questions at me. I don't know what your idea of a movie is but it probably sucks!

Jul 23 - 08:15 AM

Andrew Yablun

Andrew Yablun

ok, you can talk about the Matrix, even make fun of Keanu Reeves acting, but NEVER make fun of Star Wars, that movie opened doors for so many sci fi movies, you pathetic excuse for a critic

Nov 29 - 08:24 PM

Justus Bearden

Justus Bearden

Cant tell if trolling, or just plain stupid

Dec 14 - 07:07 PM

Jack Torrance

Jack Torrance

Another reference to "Men in Black" while reviewing this movie. Amazing. No imagination.

Nov 13 - 10:29 PM


Tanmaya Raul

Gosh..this review is just so silly and pretentious. Please retire!

Nov 20 - 06:09 AM

Thomas E.

Thomas Edd

Wow you are such a stupid jew.

Dec 18 - 07:37 PM

Andrew W.

Andrew Wolfe

I'll agree there were some definite "wtf?" moments in The Matrix. (The Superman style flying, making sure you stop to put on shades before you go face the bad guys, etc)... but I think you're expecting this movie to be something it just isn't.

Mar 3 - 03:54 PM


Lewis Kearns

you cannot base a bad review on the fact that a non-comedy film isn't funny enough. people like you should not review films.

May 11 - 01:02 PM


Max P

Are you saying that you went into the theater thinking this would be a comedy?

May 19 - 02:36 PM

Alex A

Alex A

dude the matrix is one of the best movies ever made.

Jun 19 - 11:02 PM

Allan J.

Allan Joseph

You're an idiot..Simple as that... Rosenbaum huh? Yeah, it's clear you can't see the obvious message of a 'savior' coming along to change humanity in this well written movie. Perhaps all the Rosenbaums' of the past never heard of Jesus either. Dumbass!

Jul 10 - 11:10 PM

Corentin D.

Corentin Daoudal

I loved The Matrix. That being said, disagreement does not justifies anti-Semitism.

I can't believe no one said a thing about some of the comments made here.

Jul 30 - 04:39 PM

Bahareh K.

Bahareh Khosravi

dude. some respect. this movie wouldn't have gotten made without the Jews. how ignorant can you be?

Dec 17 - 05:50 AM

Justus Bearden

Justus Bearden


Dec 14 - 07:09 PM

Alex A

Alex A

humor? wtf have you ever read the plot? it's not supposed to be a hilarious comedy dip****.

Jul 15 - 11:19 AM


Slpknt92 Johnson

terrible movie review, no evidence to back up your claim and your simply criticizing for the hell of it. fuck yourself sir

Aug 22 - 01:45 PM

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