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The Matrix Reviews

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.
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 movie is nonsense, but it does achieve a brazenly chic high style -- black-on-black, airborne, spasmodic.
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
October 21, 2013
Where other films are done in by the freedom offered by computer effects, The Matrix integrates them beautifully.
June 5, 2007
A must-see among genre fans, especially guys in their teens and 20s, for whom the script's pretentious mumbo-jumbo of undergraduate mythology, religious mysticism and technobabble could even be a plus rather than a dramatic liability.
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.
February 9, 2006
Another slice of overlong, high concept hokum.
April 25, 2003
For those who have been waiting for movies to catch up with the graphic possibilities of comic books, wait no longer: The Matrix is among us.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 11, 2001
The Matrix soars with its feet in the air -- the rest crash-lands.
February 14, 2001
A wildly cinematic futuristic thriller that is determined to overpower the imagination, The Matrix combines traditional science-fiction premises with spanking new visual technology in a way that almost defies description.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
January 1, 2000
Silly and dense!
January 1, 2000
The Matrix did not bore me. It interested me so much, indeed, that I wanted to be challenged even more.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 1, 2000
The movie is kinetic, atmospheric, visually stunning, and mind-bending.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 1, 2000
A more technically dazzling synthesis of action choreography and cutting-edge computer graphics has not been seen since James Cameron's T2.
January 1, 2000
As Keanu says: Whoa!
January 1, 2000
The Matrix is the coolest -- a journey into a genuinely original vision of our cyberfuture that will have you checking your own reality by the time it's over.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
January 1, 2000
Read More | Original Score: C+
January 1, 2000
The Matrix is mainly also an exercise in outrageous style over substance featuring flowing trenchcoats, sunglasses at night, and LOTS of guns.
January 1, 2000
There's a kind of liberating, almost transforming energy in this film; it lights you up and sends you out all giddy with silliness.
January 1, 2000
The most salient things any prospective viewer need know is that Keanu Reeves makes a strikingly chic Prada model of an action hero.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
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.
January 1, 2000
The only things energetic about The Matrix are its special effects.
January 1, 2000
The Matrix is too much of an outer-limits head-trip to resist!
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+
January 1, 2000
Given a budget that encourages their kinesthetic skills, the filmmakers tend to go on a bit, but it's mostly a kind of quick, glancing hipness that's being indulged here.
January 1, 2000
Special kudos to the mysterious Wachowski tag team, who have created a lurid, splashy nightmare for the end of the millennium.
January 1, 2000
The Matrix flings around enough imaginative ideas and digitized bodies to make it a definite check-out-this-one for all science-fiction fans.
January 1, 2000
Keanu Reeves makes a lean, strikingly beautiful tabula rasa hero, twisting out of the way of bullets that elongate like silver beads of mercury, and he's partnered by the equally hard, blank, and androgynously gorgeous Carrie-Anne Moss.
January 1, 2000
It may bore you to death or blow your mind -- and it's long and convoluted enough to do both -- but it holds nothing back!
January 1, 2000
The Matrix serves up so much visual wizardry and thought-provoking ideas that even the inevitable Silver touch -- a finale with more bullets than the opening of Saving Private Ryan -- can't destroy the magic.
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
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.
January 1, 2000
The Matrix is really about filmmaking style rather than context.