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The Matrix Reloaded Reviews

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
June 8, 2007
If you're 14 or younger in age or sensibility, you may giggle at some of the bons mots.
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Derek Adams
Time Out
February 9, 2006
Worryingly, the longer this movie goes on, the harder it is to care.
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
June 11, 2003
I liked this movie and can recommend it with a clear critical conscience, but it never moved me even half as much as Steven Spielberg's A.I.
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
June 3, 2003
A sadder, wiser, more grown-up movie than its predecessor.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
May 19, 2003
In the face of almost unbearable expectations, the Wachowski brothers deliver a sequel that soars to places only hinted at in the original.
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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
May 18, 2003
You don't have to buy into the geeky mythmaking in The Matrix Reloaded in order to enjoy its kinetic pleasures.
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Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
May 16, 2003
Early in the movie, Morpheus warns a new character that he's got to have faith. All things considered, The Matrix Reloaded justifies that faith.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
May 16, 2003
In this first Matrix sequel, you'll see things you've never seen before on a movie screen, and that's all that matters.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
May 15, 2003
No, it's not great. No, it's not a disaster.
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
May 15, 2003
Delivers, in spades, exactly what you should expect from a popcorn flick.
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Carla Meyer
San Francisco Chronicle
May 15, 2003
A worthy sequel.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
May 15, 2003
Judged strictly by the story line, this one plays like what it is, a rather meandering second act that advances the plot only slightly and doesn't pretend to be a complete or self-sufficient film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
May 15, 2003
A kinetic, digital feat.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
May 15, 2003
Yes, Matrix is reloaded. Let's hope that in November it really fires.
| Original Score: B-
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May 15, 2003
An ugly, bloated, repetitive movie that builds to a punch line that should have come an hour earlier.
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
May 14, 2003
This picture never accumulates the sense of shared adventure that the first one did, and though the special effects are even better than before, they cannot be new twice.
| Original Score: 3/4
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John Powers
L.A. Weekly
May 14, 2003
Feels like a jerry-built sequel.
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
May 14, 2003
Buckle up and enjoy the ride.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Mike Clark
USA Today
May 14, 2003
Reloaded seems less tired than X2.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
May 14, 2003
While it is both naive and unfair to expect lightning to strike terrain this fertile twice, the most distressing thing about the reloading of The Matrix is just how much it feels like The Phantom Menace.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Mark Rahner
Seattle Times
May 14, 2003
Reloaded piles on much more fighting and firepower but lacks the impact of the original.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 14, 2003
Eyes will pop, nerves will jangle, thoughts will be provoked and other summer blockbusters will shrink in comparison. But to quote from one of the few cultural touchstones not referenced in this film: 'Houston, we've got a problem.'
| Original Score: 3/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
May 14, 2003
While I enjoyed it immensely, Reloaded didn't upgrade my system like the first one did.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
May 14, 2003
Dark, with jaw-dropping effects, stunning action beats and a chase to end all chases, The Matrix Reloaded is a movie-going dare.
| Original Score: 3/5
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John Anderson
Newsday
May 14, 2003
Much-anticipated sequel to The Matrix is both phenomenally talky and loaded with action and effects. How can this be? It's long.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
May 14, 2003
The film has the same problems as The Empire Strikes Back, offering neither the novelty of an initial episode nor the satisfaction of a climactic one.
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Elvis Mitchell
New York Times
May 14, 2003
The martial arts sequences are breathtakingly staged.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
May 14, 2003
While it's exhilarating fun, as an overall piece of storytelling, this reboot never really hits the heights of the ultra-cool The Matrix, which re-invented the rules for sci-fi epics in 1999.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
May 14, 2003
For sheer exhilarating spectacle, The Matrix Reloaded is the film to beat this year.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
May 14, 2003
As a piece of razzle-dazzle, shut-your-mouth -and-slap -you-silly eye candy, Reloaded more than delivers. But where's the head candy? Where's the complexity? Where are the goods?
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
May 14, 2003
On balance, The Matrix Reloaded does an admirable job of filling the niche it's supposed to -- that of an action-oriented science fiction adventure.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
May 14, 2003
Perhaps because this story is slacker, it's more obvious the way the Wachowskis strain to keep us wowed -- not only in special effects and action scenes but also with dialogue and fashion, too.
| Original Score: B+
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Tom Long
Detroit News
May 14, 2003
Few nonbelievers will be persuaded by the film, even fewer of those within the fold will be discouraged by it, but despite its faults, The Matrix has indeed been reloaded.
| Original Score: B
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
May 14, 2003
Reloaded might not have the power to change the way you see the world, but it just may change the way you look at movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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May 14, 2003
Ultimately, all the razzle-dazzle becomes mind-numbingly repetitive and drains the film of any tension involving the main players.
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Mark Caro
Chicago Tribune
May 14, 2003
For such a rich visual movie, Reloaded tells far more than it shows.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
May 14, 2003
An immensely skillful sci-fi adventure.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
May 14, 2003
The thrill isn't gone from the sequel, but the surprise is, and it hurts more than you'd think.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Steve Murray
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
May 14, 2003
Plug in. Again. But be prepared for some glitches in the software.
| Original Score: B-
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
May 14, 2003
Trash made heady and volcanic and bravura. Supersized.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
May 13, 2003
Simply not as satisfying as the original.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
May 13, 2003
[T]he Wachowski brothers seem to be afflicted with George Lucas Syndrome: They're so enthralled by the convoluted mythology of their own private universe that they've lost touch with its human core.
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
May 13, 2003
The refreshing draft of effervescent movie magic leaves a sludgy sediment of metaphysics. The latter may be less than brain-buzzing; the former is something else, thanks largely to genius fight choreographer Yuen Wo Ping.
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Adam Gopnik
New Yorker
May 12, 2003
Matrix Reloaded is, unlike the first film, a conventional comic-book movie, in places a campy conventional comic-book movie, and in places a ludicrously campy conventional comic-book movie.
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David Ansen
Newsweek
May 12, 2003
Reloaded is more of a straight-ahead action movie than the original, and it's filled with spectacular mayhem.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
May 8, 2003
While upping the ante considerably in the action and effects department, storytelling stumbles frequently this outing as the movie stops cold for philosophical digressions about fate and destiny and reality.
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
May 8, 2003
Delivers enough thrills, kicks and cool moments to satiate geeks, fans and mere general viewers worldwide.