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The Matrix Reviews

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Sean Axmaker
August 21, 2016
The Matrix has become such a touchstone of American pop culture-referenced, copied, parodied, and parroted)-that it's hard to remember just how new and different and distinctive it was when it debuted in 1999.
December 5, 2015
The Wachowski brothers are certainly a stylish pair of directors. Nearly every shot is a carefully composed, digitally enhanced, cyberpunk labour of love.
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David Hunter
Hollywood Reporter
October 3, 2015
A technologically stunning movie that furthers the genre and features crowd-pleasing performances to go with the frequent scenes of gunplay and violence.
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Keith Simanton
Seattle Times
October 21, 2013
Extremely violent, extremely preposterous, extremely entertaining, The Matrix succeeds at two extremely difficult tasks: as a vast, exciting virtual-reality movie and as a defibrillator for Keanu Reeves' big screen career.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4

October 21, 2013
The effects are astonishing. It's funny, it's dark, it's smart and it's filled with guns, lots of guns. A landmark film and quite possibly the ultimate expression of cyberpunk.
Tom Sander
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
October 21, 2013
Hang on tight for a real mind-blower, with astonishing visual effects, frightening monsters and exciting stunt fights.
Chris Kridler
Baltimore Sun
October 21, 2013
The Matrix is a movie experience like no other, and experience is what it's all about. It explodes with dazzling visuals and a transcendent sense of excitement.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Alan Jones
Radio Times
October 21, 2013
Thematically complex, yet intelligently integrating eastern philosophy, Lewis Carroll and ancient mysticism.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5

Total Film
October 21, 2013
Writer/director siblings the Wachowskis have gone further with the action genre than you'd have ever thought possible.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Leah Rozen
People Magazine
October 21, 2013
The Matrix is tough to explain, but then how much explaining does an amusement park ride require?
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David Denby
New Yorker
October 21, 2013
The movie is nonsense, but it does achieve a brazenly chic high style -- black-on-black, airborne, spasmodic.
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Mark Caro
Chicago Tribune
October 21, 2013
The Wachowskis and cinematographer Bill Pope take advantage of currently available technical trickery to create visually distinct levels of reality while setting high-speed cameras in motion to make the action sequences particularly dynamic and fluid.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
October 21, 2013
Where other films are done in by the freedom offered by computer effects, The Matrix integrates them beautifully.
Emanuel Levy
July 1, 2012
Inspired by different sources (including Japanese anime), The Matrix is a new kind of movie, a visionary mixture of technology, philosophy and thrilling action.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Leo Goldsmith
Not Coming to a Theater Near You
January 27, 2011
It's that balance between blockbuster-style action sequences and in-depth philosophical undertones that I've always admired about The Matrix.
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 28, 2010
Intense, but many teens will be able to handle it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
July 22, 2010
Exemplifies the idea that a sufficiently cool outcome justifies all of the tortured narrative it takes to get there.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
Other than some caveats, this is an innovative and original science fiction entry...
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
April 6, 2009
The original Matrix stands perfectly well on its own, despite the fact that the filmmakers went on with second and third episodes.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Mark Halverson
Sacramento News & Review
August 7, 2008
Dimension-hopping has never been so exhilarating and breathlessly lyrical as brilliant visuals and bracing Hong Kong action stunts punch through lengthy streams of technobabble.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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