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The Matrix

Sci-Fi . Science Fiction . Action

Set in the 22nd century, The Matrix tells the story of a computer hacker who joins a group of underground insurgents fighting the vast and powerful computers who now rule the earth.

Actors: Carrie-Anne Moss , Laurence Fishburne , Keanu Reeves , Julian Arahanga , Robert Taylor , Paul Goddard , Marcus Chong , Joe Pantoliano , Gloria Foster , Hugo Weaving
Directors: Lana Wachowski , Lilly Wachowski
Country: USA
Release: 1999-03-31
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  • Shawn Levy

    The Matrix slams you back in your chair, pops open your eyes and leaves your jaw hanging slack in amazement.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • Cody Clark

    This wildly imaginative thriller is a futuristic head trip you most definitely want to take.

    Mr. Showbiz Full Review
  • Ron Wells

    I'll just say to anyone lamenting the state of American cinema since the 1970s, if you're curious where the next generation of auteurs is coming from, look in the art houses and look in The Matrix.

    Film Threat Full Review
  • Manohla Dargis

    Bill Pope's swooping, noir-inflected cinematography is wonderfully complemented by Owen Paterson's inventive production design, a great soundtrack and the best fight choreography this side of Hong Kong. And even if this isn't "Blade Runner," it is very cool shit.

    L.A. Weekly Full Review
  • Keith Phipps

    The Wachowskis do it so playfully well, keeping The Matrix's potentially confusing plot intelligible, intelligent, and suspenseful, that it doesn't matter.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Kenneth Turan

    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.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Christopher Brandon

    The Wachowski Brothers have created some of the most unrivaled and imaginative sci-fi in years.

    TNT RoughCut Full Review
  • Steven Rea

    With its mix of Lewis Carroll and William Gibson; Japanese anime and Chinese chopsocky; mythological allusions, and machine-made illusion, offers a couple of hours of escapist fun.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    Kinetic, atmospheric, visually stunning, and mind-bending.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Maitland McDonagh

    This dazzling pop allegory is steeped in a dark, pulpy sensibility that transcends nostalgic pastiche and stands firmly on its own merits.

    TV Guide Full Review
  • Bill Gallo

    This full-tilt visual and aural bombardment is simply a lot of fun. It never lets up. Nor does it ever want to.

    Dallas Observer Full Review
  • David Edelstein

    One of the more lyrical sci-fi action thrillers ever made, in which space and time become love slaves to the directors' witty visual fancies.

    Slate Full Review
  • Stephen Hunter

    There's a kind of liberating, almost transforming energy in this film; it lights you up and sends you out all giddy with silliness.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Michael O'Sullivan

    One big, fat, honking comic book of a sci-fi-martial-arts adventure flick.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Marc Savlov

    Doesn't just raise the bar on sci-fi and action films, it rips that sucker off and sends it spiraling into the sun.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Roger Ebert

    A visually dazzling cyberadventure, full of kinetic excitement, but it retreats to formula just when it's getting interesting.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Marc Caro

    The writing remains more intelligent than most thrillers, and the action is executed with such panache that even if you don't buy the reality of The Matrix, it's a helluva place to visit.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • David Sterritt

    The plot switches gears every time it threatens to run out of energy, which keeps the show as lively as it is preposterous.

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • Jack Mathews

    A dazzlingly original visual adventure.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Rod Dreher

    It's like animation come to three-dimensional life, and f/x addicts as well as sci-fi fans will not want to miss a split-second.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Wesley Morris

    Where most effects-laden extravanganzas aspire to be nothing more than a live-action comic book, The Matrix sees things with the venturesome clarity of a graphic novel.

    San Francisco Examiner Full Review
  • Ray Conlogue

    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.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Andrew O'Hehir

    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
  • Janet Maslin

    The martial arts stunts that are its single strongest selling point.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • David Ansen

    With an arsenal of cool f/x at their disposal, the Wachowskis have come up with a dizzyingly enjoyable junk movie that has just enough on its mind to keep the pleasure from being a guilty one.

    Newsweek Full Review
  • Richard Schickel

    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.

    Time Full Review
  • Todd McCarthy

    An eye-popping but incoherent extravaganza of morphing and superhuman martial arts.

    Variety Full Review
  • Mike Clark

    Even if a lot of adults have problems following this picture 100%, look for computer-savvy teen-agers to guarantee this sometimes original but too often derivative time-killer a shelf life.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Dennis Lim

    The cumulative effect is perversely deflationary: long before it's over, the film has flushed the paranoia from its system.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Lisa Schwarzbaum

    The real soullessness here is built into the production, a polished adaptation of Hong Kong-style filmmaking that, with its cast of depressive characters, allows for little Hong Kong-style joy.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Jay Carr

    Snazzy visuals, of which she (Moss) is one, carry The Matrix past its klutzy script.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Jonathan Rosenbaum

    There's not much humor to keep it all life-size, and by the final stretch it's become bloated, mechanical, and tiresome.

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • Bob Graham

    It's astonishing that so much money, talent, technical expertise and visual imagination can be put in the service of something so stupid.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Sean Means

    Aerves 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
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