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The Matrix Reloaded Reviews

Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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If you're 14 or younger in age or sensibility, you may giggle at some of the bons mots.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

June 8, 2007
Derek Adams
Time Out
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Worryingly, the longer this movie goes on, the harder it is to care.

Full Review Source: Time Out

February 9, 2006
Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
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I liked this movie and can recommend it with a clear critical conscience, but it never moved me even half as much as Steven Spielberg's A.I.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

June 11, 2003
Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
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A sadder, wiser, more grown-up movie than its predecessor.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

June 3, 2003
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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In the face of almost unbearable expectations, the Wachowski brothers deliver a sequel that soars to places only hinted at in the original.

Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper

May 19, 2003
Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
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You don't have to buy into the geeky mythmaking in The Matrix Reloaded in order to enjoy its kinetic pleasures.

Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture

May 18, 2003
Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
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Early in the movie, Morpheus warns a new character that he's got to have faith. All things considered, The Matrix Reloaded justifies that faith.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 3/4

May 16, 2003
Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
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In this first Matrix sequel, you'll see things you've never seen before on a movie screen, and that's all that matters.

| Original Score: 4/5

May 16, 2003
Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
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No, it's not great. No, it's not a disaster.

May 15, 2003
Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
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Delivers, in spades, exactly what you should expect from a popcorn flick.

May 15, 2003
Carla Meyer
San Francisco Chronicle
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A worthy sequel.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

May 15, 2003
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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Judged strictly by the story line, this one plays like what it is, a rather meandering second act that advances the plot only slightly and doesn't pretend to be a complete or self-sufficient film.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2.5/4

May 15, 2003
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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A kinetic, digital feat.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 3/4

May 15, 2003
Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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Yes, Matrix is reloaded. Let's hope that in November it really fires.

| Original Score: B-

May 15, 2003
David Edelstein
Slate
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An ugly, bloated, repetitive movie that builds to a punch line that should have come an hour earlier.

Full Review Source: Slate

May 15, 2003
Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
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This picture never accumulates the sense of shared adventure that the first one did, and though the special effects are even better than before, they cannot be new twice.

| Original Score: 3/4

May 14, 2003
John Powers
L.A. Weekly
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Feels like a jerry-built sequel.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

May 14, 2003
Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
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Buckle up and enjoy the ride.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: B+

May 14, 2003
Mike Clark
USA Today
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Reloaded seems less tired than X2.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 3/4

May 14, 2003
Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
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While it is both naive and unfair to expect lightning to strike terrain this fertile twice, the most distressing thing about the reloading of The Matrix is just how much it feels like The Phantom Menace.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2/5

May 14, 2003
Mark Rahner
Seattle Times
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Reloaded piles on much more fighting and firepower but lacks the impact of the original.

| Original Score: 3/4

May 14, 2003
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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Eyes will pop, nerves will jangle, thoughts will be provoked and other summer blockbusters will shrink in comparison. But to quote from one of the few cultural touchstones not referenced in this film: 'Houston, we've got a problem.'

| Original Score: 3/4

May 14, 2003
Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
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While I enjoyed it immensely, Reloaded didn't upgrade my system like the first one did.

| Original Score: 3/4

May 14, 2003
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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Dark, with jaw-dropping effects, stunning action beats and a chase to end all chases, The Matrix Reloaded is a movie-going dare.

| Original Score: 3/5

May 14, 2003
John Anderson
Newsday
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Much-anticipated sequel to The Matrix is both phenomenally talky and loaded with action and effects. How can this be? It's long.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 2.5/4

May 14, 2003
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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The film has the same problems as The Empire Strikes Back, offering neither the novelty of an initial episode nor the satisfaction of a climactic one.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger

May 14, 2003
Elvis Mitchell
New York Times
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The martial arts sequences are breathtakingly staged.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3.5/5

May 14, 2003
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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While it's exhilarating fun, as an overall piece of storytelling, this reboot never really hits the heights of the ultra-cool The Matrix, which re-invented the rules for sci-fi epics in 1999.

| Original Score: 3/4

May 14, 2003
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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For sheer exhilarating spectacle, The Matrix Reloaded is the film to beat this year.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 3.5/4

May 14, 2003
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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As a piece of razzle-dazzle, shut-your-mouth -and-slap -you-silly eye candy, Reloaded more than delivers. But where's the head candy? Where's the complexity? Where are the goods?

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 2.5/4

May 14, 2003
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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On balance, The Matrix Reloaded does an admirable job of filling the niche it's supposed to -- that of an action-oriented science fiction adventure.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 3/4

May 14, 2003
Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
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Perhaps because this story is slacker, it's more obvious the way the Wachowskis strain to keep us wowed -- not only in special effects and action scenes but also with dialogue and fashion, too.

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle | Original Score: B+

May 14, 2003
Tom Long
Detroit News
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Few nonbelievers will be persuaded by the film, even fewer of those within the fold will be discouraged by it, but despite its faults, The Matrix has indeed been reloaded.

| Original Score: B

May 14, 2003
Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
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Reloaded might not have the power to change the way you see the world, but it just may change the way you look at movies.

Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press | Original Score: 3/4

May 14, 2003
Paul Clinton (CNN.com)
CNN.com
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Ultimately, all the razzle-dazzle becomes mind-numbingly repetitive and drains the film of any tension involving the main players.

Full Review Source: CNN.com

May 14, 2003
Mark Caro
Chicago Tribune
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For such a rich visual movie, Reloaded tells far more than it shows.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 2/4

May 14, 2003
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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An immensely skillful sci-fi adventure.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3.5/4

May 14, 2003
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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The thrill isn't gone from the sequel, but the surprise is, and it hurts more than you'd think.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 3/4

May 14, 2003
Steve Murray
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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Plug in. Again. But be prepared for some glitches in the software.

Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Original Score: B-

May 14, 2003
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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Trash made heady and volcanic and bravura. Supersized.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B

May 14, 2003
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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Simply not as satisfying as the original.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2/5

May 13, 2003
Nathan Rabin
AV Club
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[T]he Wachowski brothers seem to be afflicted with George Lucas Syndrome: They're so enthralled by the convoluted mythology of their own private universe that they've lost touch with its human core.

May 13, 2003
J. Hoberman
Village Voice
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The refreshing draft of effervescent movie magic leaves a sludgy sediment of metaphysics. The latter may be less than brain-buzzing; the former is something else, thanks largely to genius fight choreographer Yuen Wo Ping.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

May 13, 2003
Adam Gopnik
New Yorker
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Matrix Reloaded is, unlike the first film, a conventional comic-book movie, in places a campy conventional comic-book movie, and in places a ludicrously campy conventional comic-book movie.

May 12, 2003
David Ansen
Newsweek
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Reloaded is more of a straight-ahead action movie than the original, and it's filled with spectacular mayhem.

Full Review Source: Newsweek

May 12, 2003
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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While upping the ante considerably in the action and effects department, storytelling stumbles frequently this outing as the movie stops cold for philosophical digressions about fate and destiny and reality.

May 8, 2003
Todd McCarthy
Variety
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Delivers enough thrills, kicks and cool moments to satiate geeks, fans and mere general viewers worldwide.

Full Review Source: Variety

May 8, 2003
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