The Matrix Revolutions Reviews

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Derek Adams
Time Out
June 24, 2006
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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
August 7, 2004
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
November 7, 2003
The Wachowski brothers have rendered their chronicles into banality, as if trying to imitate the qualitative tailspin of the Star Wars series.
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
November 7, 2003
There's nothing even resembling a surprise in the third and weakest installment of the trilogy.
| Original Score: 3/5
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
November 6, 2003
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
November 5, 2003
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.
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
November 5, 2003
One of the most original concepts in recent fantasy movie history has devolved into something perfectly ordinary.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
November 5, 2003
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.
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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
November 5, 2003
As an action movie, it's talky, but it rocks.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
November 5, 2003
Over all, The Matrix Revolutions, the third and last of the film cycle envisioned by Andy and Larry Wachowski, mostly feels as hackneyed as the first film felt fresh.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
November 5, 2003
This isn't revolution, this is devolution.
| Original Score: D+
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
November 5, 2003
Conclusively proves that the Wachowskis had little substantial to add to the premise of the 1999 original.
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
November 5, 2003
The Matrix Revolutions is not a bad movie. It's just a maddening one.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
November 5, 2003
Noisy, repetitious and bloated with the Wachowski brothers' jumbled, digital-age philosophy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
November 5, 2003
What Gertrude Stein famously said about Oakland applies equally to Revolutions -- after all the secrets are revealed, there's no there, there.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
November 5, 2003
During the movie's laborious opening act, you may wonder whether the series itself has escaped such an imperative. Fortunately, Part Three picks up as it goes along.
| Original Score: B-
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
November 5, 2003
What is the Matrix?, the first film asked. This film answers that. The Matrix is the marketing software that encourages movies like this to be made. And it must be disabled.
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
November 5, 2003
A solid action-adventure flick.
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David Denby
New Yorker
November 5, 2003
The directors Larry and Andy Wachowski have made the intricacies of the original Matrix ... secondary to the main events of spectacle, fighting, and stunningly wooden dialogue.
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
November 5, 2003
The Matrix Revolutions leaves us with something to chew on for years to come.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
November 5, 2003
Wallows in interminable, poorly lit, barely coherent sequences of people in machines fighting other machines.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
November 5, 2003
The sibling masterminds abandon all humor and most invention for a series of Mr. Wizard cosmic cliches.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
November 5, 2003
In a basic and undeniable sense, this is a good movie, and fans who have earned their credit hours with the first two will want to see this one and graduate.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Carla Meyer
San Francisco Chronicle
November 5, 2003
If only filmmakers Larry and Andy Wachowski could have saved themselves from their own machines. Their computer-generated imagery goes from dazzling to deadening.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Mark Rahner
Seattle Times
November 5, 2003
The laws of physics don't apply within the Matrix, but the law of diminishing returns does.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
November 5, 2003
True believers will be reaching for the red pill, but it's still not quite enough to convert the heretics.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Steve Murray
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
November 5, 2003
The end has come for Neo, Trinity, Morpheus and all the other unplugged people fighting machine domination in The Matrix Revolutions. The sad thing is, they go out more with a whimper than a bang.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Mike Clark
USA Today
November 5, 2003
This come-down of a series capper is so arch and pompous amid its clanks and collisions that you can only snicker at the verbal wind that obscures the din of marauding machinery.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
November 5, 2003
The film is a soggy mess, essentially a loud, wild 100-minute battle movie bookended by an incomprehensible beginning and a laughable ending.
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
November 4, 2003
Reloaded was certainly a lumpy, gaseous treatise of a movie, but viewers of Revolutions may find themselves looking back on it fondly.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Manohla Dargis
Los Angeles Times
November 4, 2003
How did something that started out so cool get so dorky?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
November 4, 2003
With The Matrix Revolutions, the Wachowski brothers have managed to pull off something nearly impossible. They've made a movie about the end of the world that leaves us entirely indifferent to the outcome.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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November 4, 2003
The special effects are spectacular, and the final attacks on Zion are amazing -- too long, but amazing. But the emotional impact of this movie is zilch.
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
November 4, 2003
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
November 4, 2003
Overlong and underwhelming, The Matrix Revolutions reinforces the thinking that it's a rare movie series in which the final chapter is the strongest.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
November 4, 2003
Revolutions makes good on its creators' promise to fuse Kafka, Alice in Wonderland, the New Testament and The Wizard of Oz.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
November 4, 2003
The Matrix Revolutions sucks.
| Original Score: 2/4
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John Anderson
Newsday
November 4, 2003
Confronting Matrix Revolutions, you need your own veil of unreality just to wade through the misappropriated metaphors.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
November 4, 2003
Louder, longer, more expensive and dumber than its predecessors, Revolutions is a mediocrity that will provide escapism only to those who head for the theater exits.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
November 4, 2003
There's relatively less of the clunky alternation of big action and static speechifying that stalled Reloaded. But there's also less storytelling fervor from the Wachowskis.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Mark Caro
Chicago Tribune
November 4, 2003
You could react on a gut level to the first movie's idea ... But that basic premise has been all but lost by Revolutions amid the philosophical smoke thrown up by the writing-directing Wachowski Brothers.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
November 3, 2003
Better than Reloaded, but the thrill is gone.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
November 3, 2003
There is visual poetry to that rain-soaked duel-but it's no more impressive than earlier battles between Smith and Neo. And that's kind of how I felt about much of Revolutions.