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The Matrix Revolutions (2003)

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Average Rating: 5.3/10
Reviews Counted: 208
Fresh: 74 | Rotten: 134

A disappointing conclusion to the Matrix trilogy as characters and ideas take a back seat to the special effects.

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Average Rating: 4.8/10
Critic Reviews: 39
Fresh: 9 | Rotten: 30

A disappointing conclusion to the Matrix trilogy as characters and ideas take a back seat to the special effects.

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Shot back-to-back with The Matrix Reloaded, the third and final installment of Andy Wachowski and Larry Wachowski's sci-fi action saga picks up where the second film left off. Neo (Keanu Reeves) remains unconscious in the real world, caught in a mysterious subway station that lies between the machine world and the Matrix, and Bane (Ian Bliss) is still a conduit for Agent Smith (Hugo Weaving), who continues to grow out of control, threatening to destroy both worlds. Meanwhile, as the sentinels

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The Wachowski brothers have rendered their chronicles into banality, as if trying to imitate the qualitative tailspin of the Star Wars series.

November 7, 2003 | Comment (1)
Washington Post
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There's nothing even resembling a surprise in the third and weakest installment of the trilogy.

November 7, 2003
Arizona Republic
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No less than the rankest demagogue, The Matrix Revolutions insists on the primacy of faith over knowledge. Once it locks and loads, however, the triumphant visuals short-circuit anything resembling abstract thought.

November 5, 2003 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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One of the most original concepts in recent fantasy movie history has devolved into something perfectly ordinary.

November 5, 2003 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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An unwieldy, two-plus-hours third act of a movie, guided by the principle (incubated by Reloaded and fully grown here) that too much is never too much.

November 5, 2003 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
L.A. Weekly
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As an action movie, it's talky, but it rocks.

November 5, 2003 Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle
Houston Chronicle
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Averages out to be a mildly better film than The Matrix Reloaded, mostly on account of being neither as good nor as bad in its peaks and valleys.

May 31, 2012 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

Finale with same heavy violence, weaker script.

December 28, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Ah, the Wachowski's were one trick ponies after all.

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

Some of this stuff is just cheesy in the same way it's been cheesy in dozens of cheaper, less cultish films.

March 11, 2008 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

It's amazing how such a brilliant opening film can devolve into nothing but uninteresting fight scenes and unnecessary visual effects.

August 8, 2006 Full Review Source: Cinema Sight | Comments (4)
Cinema Sight

Not in my memory has a film been filled with such a succession of ejaculatory FX shots that cover any semblance of story in goo.

December 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

Zzzzzz.

May 4, 2005 Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness | Comments (6)
Lessons of Darkness

''Everything that has a beginning has an end,' says the tag line. Not in financial terms it doesn't.'

March 22, 2005 Full Review | Comments (3)
Las Vegas Mercury

Yes, some of the philosophy was clumsily scripted, but I saw and appreciated where the Wachowskis were trying to take the universe.

March 5, 2005 Full Review Source: NYC Film Critic
NYC Film Critic

A multi-million dollar fiasco.

October 15, 2004 Full Review

An over bloated, anticlimactic yawn.

August 13, 2004 Full Review Source: Oregon Herald

Characterization, plot, and speculations on life and reality take a backseat to the martial arts shoot 'em up sequences, which seem overly long and decidedly ho-hum.

August 13, 2004
Reel.com

...more of the same, with nothing surprising, nothing any longer mind-boggling, and nothing most viewers couldn't guess would happen going in.

March 23, 2004 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

The Wachowskis have changed the face of action films for the time being, and I grant them that. But watching this bloated final installment it was hard for me to remember why.

March 17, 2004 Full Review Source: F5 (Wichita, KS)

The Matrix Revolutions has successfully dodged the bullet that The Matrix Reloaded aimed at the franchise.

February 12, 2004 Full Review
Atlantic City Weekly

That pompous bunch of futuristic freedom fighters has returned to battle for truth, justice and the right to wear cool sunglasses in the dark.

February 9, 2004 Full Review Source: Boulder Weekly | Comments (3)

Watching this, you may be reminded of what Gertrude Stein once observed about the benighted state of Cal-ee-fornia, 'there is no there there.'

February 2, 2004 Full Review Source: Boston Herald
Boston Herald

Teeters but stays upright, closing the series in a fashion that is appropriately ingenious and infuriating.

January 15, 2004 Full Review Source: eye WEEKLY
eye WEEKLY

A ferociously disappointing and inept conclusion to a trilogy that began with such a bang.

January 15, 2004 Full Review Source: Radio Free Entertainment
Radio Free Entertainment

Hey, it's better than The Matrix Reloaded!

January 13, 2004 Full Review Source: Movie Boeuf | Comment (1)
Movie Boeuf

Audience Reviews for The Matrix Revolutions

Another installment of standard matrix stuff with cool special effects.
February 21, 2014
Raajay

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(And now, a re-recording of "Revolution", while two Beatles toss in their graves, and the other two wish they could at the sight of this film...)

"Say I hated 'Revolutions',
two film after
the Wachowskis changed the world..."

Stay tuned at themoviefreakblog.com for the full review.
September 1, 2013
spielberg00

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Agent Smith's reach has extended into the real world threatening Neo's attempt to end the war as the machine offensive breaches the gates of Zion. The disappointment felt upon the release of the rather self indulgent and empty Matrix Reloaded caused a real backlash against the Wachowskis, and Revolutions garnered a similarly lukewarm reception. But for me, shifting the action to the "real" world meant less reliance on endless stop motion fight sequences and freshened things up immensely. The visuals are truly spectacular, even by today's standards meaning Revolutions is easily the best looking of the three films and it has a more epic scope that reminded me of the last battle sequences of Return Of The Jedi done in the style of Aliens, and for a sci-fi nerd that's the ultimate combination! The Wachowski's strengths always lied in concepts and visual effects so Revolutions is a much more satisfying cocktail than the clunky wordiness of Reloaded making for a truly jaw dropping thrill ride; the attack on Zion's docking platform is one of the best action sequences I've ever seen and it's a far more satisfying package than the lumbering CGI jerk off that was Avatar. If they'd only trimmed the superfluous flab off the story and made it two films instead of three, I think a worthy sequel would have emerged. That aside, Revolutions is still a highly under-rated finale and well worth a second look.
January 8, 2013
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    1. Trinity: Neo! It's Bane! He's psychotic!
    – Submitted by Keren S (9 months ago)
    1. The Oracle: What did you with Sati?
    2. Agent Smith: Cookies needs love like everything does.
    3. The Oracle: You are a bastard.
    4. Agent Smith: You would know, Mom.
    – Submitted by Keren S (9 months ago)
    1. Sati: The Oracle told me about you.
    2. Agent Smith: Really? What did she said about me?
    3. Sati: That you are a bad man.
    4. Agent Smith: Oh, I'm not so bad, once you get to know me.
    – Submitted by Keren S (9 months ago)
    1. Agent Smith: Well, well, it's been a long time. I remember chasing you is like chasing a ghost.
    2. Seraph: I have beaten you before.
    3. The Merovingian: Yes, true, but as you can see, things are a little different now.
    – Submitted by Keren S (9 months ago)
    1. The Oracle: Everything that has a beginning, has an end.
    – Submitted by Keren S (9 months ago)
    1. Neo: I just have never...
    2. Rama-Kandra: ...heard a program speak of love?
    3. Neo: It's a... human emotion.
    4. Rama-Kandra: No, it is a word. What matters is the connection the word implies. I see that you are in love. Can you tell me what you would give to hold on to that connection?
    5. Neo: Anything.
    6. Rama-Kandra: Then perhaps the reason you're here is not so different from the reason I'm here.
    – Submitted by Geraldo G (16 months ago)
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