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The Matrix Revolutions

Sci-Fi . Science Fiction . Thriller . Action . Adventure

The human city of Zion defends itself against the massive invasion of the machines as Neo fights to end the war at another front while also opposing the rogue Agent Smith.

Actors: Kate Beahan , Harry Lennix , Randall Duk Kim , Roy Jones Jr. , Tanveer K. Atwal , Lambert Wilson , Helmut Bakaitis , Mary Alice , Hugo Weaving , Carrie-Anne Moss , Laurence Fishburne , Keanu Reeves
Directors: Andy Wachowski , Lana Wachowski
Release: 2003-11-05
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  • William Arnold

    No, it doesn't exactly re-create the magic that made the original such an instant classic, but it's faster and more involving than "Reloaded" and it rounds off the premise and themes of the trilogy in a surprisingly satisfying way.

    Seattle Post-Intelligencer Full Review
  • Richard Corliss

    The trilogy ascends and soars with the two combatants and ends not with a whimper but with a blast of light. Thus the fabulous original film has found an honorable way to sign off. For those who didn't bother to join the early crowds, The Matrix Revolutions is a definite might see.

    Time Full Review
  • Roger Ebert

    To the degree that I was able to put aside my questions, forget logic, disregard continuity problems and immerse myself in the moment, The Matrix Revolutions is a terrific action achievement. Andy and Larry Wachowski have concluded their trilogy with all barrels blazing.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Ty Burr

    Revolutions, the final installment in the trilogy, parcels things more neatly. You get 45 minutes of the Wachowskis' patented theosophical bong water, followed by an hour of the most muscular, hard-core special-effects rama-lama yet to hit the screen. Only then does Jesus show up.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • J. Hoberman

    No less than the rankest demagogue, The Matrix Revolutions insists on the primacy of faith over knowledge. Once it locks and loads, however, the triumphant visuals short-circuit anything resembling abstract thought.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • David Ansen

    Though they’re full of undeniably spectacular moments, great production values and unusual ambition, a simple thing has gotten lost in these sequels: they’re not much fun.

    Newsweek Full Review
  • Marc Savlov

    It’s an impressive closing to the cycle, and, frankly, one that arrives not a moment too soon.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    Represents a disappointing way for the science fiction trilogy to bow out. Overlong and underwhelming, The Matrix Revolutions reinforces the thinking that it’s a rare movie series in which the final chapter is the strongest.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Glenn Kenny

    On the plus side, there are these super-scary mechanical octopus-type things with a billion eyes and metal tentacles that fly in great awful swarms and look like the non-organic versions of the flying-brain-and-spinal-cord monsters that made the otherwise laughable '60s sci-fi flick "Fiend Without aFace" so cool.

    Premiere Full Review
  • Michael Rechtshaffen

    Ending with neither a bang nor a whimper, the finale falls somewhere in between. It's an improvement over its concurrently shot, babbling predecessor, but it ultimately fails to capture any of that jaw-dropping sense of exhilaration that made the original such a must-see event.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Maitland McDonagh

    It neither works as a stand-alone film nor captures the thrilling sense of somber, pulpy mystery that made "The Matrix" so compelling. Nevertheless, It brings the saga to a satisfying close, and relies less on the clumps of pop-mystical cyber gobbledy-gook that gummed up the gears of "Reloaded" and more on the powerful emotional bonds that bind Neo, Trinity, Morpheus, Niobe, Link and Zee.

    TV Guide Full Review
  • Clint Morris

    Everything about the sequel feels bloated.

    Film Threat Full Review
  • Alan Morrison

    The Year Of The Matrix will be remembered as an indulgence for fans, while the original movie will be affectionately held as a separate entity by a bigger crowd, much as the original "Star Wars" trilogy hasn't really been tainted by divisions over Episodes I and II.

    Empire Full Review
  • Gregory Weinkauf

    The result is visually slick, almost shockingly simpleminded, kinda redundant and only adequately satisfying. Alas, for their dramatic wrap-up the Wachowskis' storytelling now feels less intriguing than merely dutiful.

    Dallas Observer Full Review
  • J.R. Jones

    Shot at the same time as "The Matrix Reloaded," this last installment is the shortest of the bunch at 129 minutes, but I still succumbed to special-effects hypnosis in the last hour.

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • Lisa Schwarzbaum

    Among its better tricks, Matrix Revolutions finally gets the love-story subplot of Neo and Trinity in the right proportion.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    At the risk of understatement, The Matrix Revolutions sucks.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Mark Caro

    Sets out to answer all sorts of cosmic questions, though the one most frequently asked is more mundane: Is it better than "Reloaded"? The answer is a matter of degree.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • David Sterritt

    Written and directed by the clever Wachowski brothers, this is a sequel that only a die-hard fan could love. But those fans will love it very, very much.

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • Rene Rodriguez

    It's a testament to the personalities of the actors, as well as the foundation laid by the original film, that we retain an emotional connection to the main players in Revolutions.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Jack Mathews

    Unless you're seriously into the post-"Matrix" culture, which includes books, games, animation and interactive Web sites, or you believe the Wachowskis have a philosophy worth wading through, the two-part sequel adds nothing indispensable to the first story.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Steven Rea

    There are, to be sure, some impressive special effects here, and whoever Warner Bros. hires to make the new Superman movie should take notes.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Liam Lacey

    Mostly feels as hackneyed as the first film felt fresh. It's a loud, puffed-up exercise in computer-generated heroics and battles that follows a pattern.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Michael Sragow

    The Matrix Revolutions blends feather-brained, starry-eyed camp and rock-'em-sock-'em spectacle -- so it's at least more entertaining than the second Matrix film, which hung in the air like a noxious cloud.

    Baltimore Sun Full Review
  • Shawn Levy

    Now The Matrix Revolutions is here, and a verdict is justified. The death penalty seems a little strong, but can we lock this franchise up and forget where we put the key?

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • Andrew O'Hehir

    Isn't a terrible movie, but it is a tremendous disappointment. Full Review
  • Scott Foundas

    Nearly wall-to-wall climax -- an unwieldy, two-plus-hours third act of a movie, guided by the principle (incubated by "Reloaded" and fully grown here) that too much is never too much.

    L.A. Weekly Full Review
  • Manohla Dargis

    How did something that started out so cool get so dorky?

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Todd McCarthy

    You can virtually see the mystique peeling away while beholding the turgid melodrama, patchy plotting, windy dialogue and, yes, spectacular combat effects of this grand finale.

    Variety Full Review
  • Peter Rainer

    This final installment jettisons most of the Zen mumbo-jumbo from the first two movies in favor of lots of very loud explosions. Since I didn’t take the mumbo-jumbo seriously to begin with, my letdown was minor, but aficionados may feel like they’ve been played for suckers.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Keith Phipps

    Once the dust clears, it's hard to think of a film saga that's wound down with such a profound anticlimax. It's a whimper in bang's clothing.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Dana Stevens

    There is very little that is tantalizing or suspenseful. The feeling of revelation is gone, and many of the teasing implications of "Reloaded" have been abandoned.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • David Edelstein

    Revolutions isn't as stupefying as "Reloaded"--and, of course, our expectations have been drastically lowered. But it's an abysmal anticlimax all the same.

    Slate Full Review
  • Lou Lumenick

    This (hopefully) final chapter's interminable first hour...showcases some of the clunkiest dialogue and wooden acting since the most recent "Star Wars" movies.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Mike Clark

    This come-down of a series capper is so arch and pompous amid its clanks and collisions that you can only snicker at the verbal wind that obscures the din of marauding machinery.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Lawrence Toppman

    Without a philosophical payoff, without characters whose relationships resonate in our hearts, without explanations for situations that beg for explanations, what are we left with? To quote another great writer of battle scenes: "a tale full of sound and fury, told by an idiot, signifying -- nothing."

    Charlotte Observer Full Review
  • Stephen Hunter

    The film is a soggy mess, essentially a loud, wild 100-minute battle movie bookended by an incomprehensible beginning and a laughable ending.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Desson Thomson

    The Wachowski brothers have rendered their chronicles into banality, as if trying to imitate the qualitative tailspin of the "Star Wars" series.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Carla Meyer

    Dismal final installment.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • David Denby

    At its best, the picture is violently exciting; at its worst, banal and monotonous. Yet the relative absence of mighty significances did not prevent the Matricians sitting all around me--mostly men aged about thirty--from remaining utterly still, as if at a High Mass, throughout the movie. [10 November 2003, p. 128]

    The New Yorker Full Review
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