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The Matrix Reviews

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Mark R. Leeper
January 1, 2000
When there was so much potential for an intelligent story here the Wachowski Brothers have opted to spend most of their screen time on mindless action.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
June 5, 2007
There's not much humor to keep it all life-size, and by the final stretch it's become bloated, mechanical, and tiresome.
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
February 9, 2006
Another slice of overlong, high concept hokum.
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks
January 10, 2003
The least humane, least responsible, least pardonable movie I have ever seen.
Full Review | Original Score: F
Susan Granger
January 1, 2000
Aimed specifically at a young, male audience, this challenging sci-fi adventure is big on visuals and short on story.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
January 1, 2000
A blast of Holly-Kong glitz that never approaches the stylistic cohesiveness of, say, John Woo's Face/Off or the charisma of that film's propulsive star John Travolta.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Dennis Lim
Village Voice
January 1, 2000
Ultimately, The Matrix settles for technically dazzling comic-book shtick. Some might count this as a good thing, but I'm not a fan of the Wachowskis' more-is-more aesthetic.
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
January 1, 2000
Read More | Original Score: C+
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
January 1, 2000
The only things energetic about The Matrix are its special effects.
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John Anderson
January 1, 2000
The Matrix is really about filmmaking style rather than context.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 11, 2001
The Matrix soars with its feet in the air -- the rest crash-lands.
Leonard Schwarz
Palo Alto Weekly
May 20, 2003
The problem with The Matrix is that the enormously talented Wachowski brothers think their playful premise has metaphysical implications.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Dustin Putman
January 1, 2000
At least the Wachowski's attempted to do something different than what had been seen before, even if the finished product isn't quite the success they obviously yearned for.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Stuart Klawans
The Nation
January 1, 2000
The Matrix is to overblown silliness as Mount Rushmore is to big stone heads.
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Bob Graham
San Francisco Chronicle
January 1, 2000
It's astonishing that so much money, talent, technical expertise and visual imagination can be put in the service of something so stupid.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Jay Carr
Boston Globe
January 1, 2000
Silly and dense!
Arthur Salm
San Diego Union-Tribune
January 1, 2000
Wherever they tell their story they tell it too long and too loud.
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Steven Rosen
Denver Post
January 1, 2000
The Matrix not only is a failure as a science-fiction movie -- long on explanation, short on inspiration -- but it doesn't do anything interesting with the futuristic vision that it takes forever to explain.
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
Annlee Ellingson
Boxoffice Magazine
January 1, 2000
Hollywood has finally successfully captured the Asian city's action-filmmaking style in a star named Keanu Reeves and writer-directors called the brothers Wachowski!
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