'The Matrix' Critic Reviews

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MovieWeb:   15 reviews
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Rotten Tomatoes:   131 reviews
  • Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    50
    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 » 15 years ago
  • Janet Maslin New York Times (Top Critic)
    70
    The most salient things any prospective viewer need know is that Keanu Reeves makes a strikingly chic Prada model of an action hero.
    Full Review » 15 years ago
  • Michael O'Sullivan Washington Post (Top Critic)
    80
    Special kudos to the mysterious Wachowski tag team, who have created a lurid, splashy nightmare for the end of the millennium.
    Full Review » 15 years ago
  • Stephen Hunter Washington Post (Top Critic)
    80
    There's a kind of liberating, almost transforming energy in this film; it lights you up and sends you out all giddy with silliness.
    Full Review » 15 years ago
  • Jay Carr Boston Globe (Top Critic)
    Silly and dense!
    Full Review » 15 years ago
  • Dennis Lim Village Voice (Top Critic)
    ...has all the makings of a cult.
    Full Review » 15 years ago
  • Philip Wuntch Dallas Morning News (Top Critic)
    The only things energetic about The Matrix are its special effects.
    Full Review » 15 years ago
  • Steven Rosen Denver Post (Top Critic)
    It doesn't do anything interesting with the futuristic vision that it takes forever to explain!
    Full Review » 15 years ago
  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    75
    The Matrix did not bore me. It interested me so much, indeed, that I wanted to be challenged even more.
    Full Review » 15 years ago
  • Jonathan Rosenbaum Chicago Reader (Top Critic)
    There's not much humor to keep it all life-size, and by the final stretch it's become bloated, mechanical, and tiresome.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer (Top Critic)
    As Keanu says: Whoa!
    Full Review » 15 years ago
  • Susan Stark Detroit News (Top Critic)
    75
    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.
    Full Review » 15 years ago
  • Bob Fenster Arizona Republic (Top Critic)
    The Matrix flings around enough imaginative ideas and digitized bodies to make it a definite check-out-this-one for all science-fiction fans.
    Full Review » 15 years ago
  • Todd McCarthy Variety (Top Critic)
    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.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Rod Dreher New York Post (Top Critic)
    A more technically dazzling synthesis of action choreography and cutting-edge computer graphics has not been seen since James Cameron's T2.
    Full Review » 15 years ago
  • Gemma Files Film.com (Top Critic)
    The Matrix is mainly also an exercise in outrageous style over substance featuring flowing trenchcoats, sunglasses at night, and LOTS of guns.
    Full Review » 15 years ago
  • Sean Means Film.com (Top Critic)
    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.
    Full Review » 15 years ago
  • Ray Conlogue Globe and Mail (Top Critic)
    75
    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 » 11 years ago
  • Andrew O'Hehir Salon.com (Top Critic)
    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!
    Full Review » 15 years ago
  • David Edelstein Slate (Top Critic)
    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.
    Full Review » 15 years ago
  • James Berardinelli ReelViews (Top Critic)
    88
    The movie is kinetic, atmospheric, visually stunning, and mind-bending.
    Full Review » 15 years ago
  • Richard Schickel TIME Magazine (Top Critic)
    70
    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.
    Full Review » 15 years ago
  • Peter Travers Rolling Stone (Top Critic)
    The Matrix soars with its feet in the air -- the rest crash-lands.
    Full Review » 13 years ago
  • Kenneth Turan Los Angeles Times (Top Critic)
    90
    An apocalypse of kinetic joy.
    Full Review » 14 years ago
  • Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com
    75
    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 » 2 years ago