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What if virtual reality wasn't just for fun, but was being used to imprison you? That's the dilemma that faces mild-mannered computer jockey Thomas Anderson (Keanu Reeves) in The Matrix. It's the year 1999, and Anderson (hacker alias: Neo) works in a cubicle, manning a computer and doing a little hacking on the side. It's through this latter activity that Thomas makes the acquaintance of Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne), who has some interesting news for Mr. Anderson -- none of what's going on around him is real. The year is actually closer to 2199, and it seems Thomas, like… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 87%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Keith Simanton, Seattle Times
"Where other films are done in by the freedom offered by computer effects, The Matrix integrates them beautifully."
‑ Keith Phipps, AV Club
"The effects are astonishing. It's funny, it's dark, it's smart and it's filled with guns, lots of guns. A landmark film and quite possibly the ultimate expression of cyberpunk."
‑ , Film4
"Thematically complex, yet intelligently integrating eastern philosophy, Lewis Carroll and ancient mysticism."
‑ Alan Jones, Radio Times
"Inspired by different sources (including Japanese anime), The Matrix is a new kind of movie, a visionary mixture of technology, philosophy and thrilling action."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"The movie is nonsense, but it does achieve a brazenly chic high style -- black-on-black, airborne, spasmodic."
‑ David Denby, New Yorker
"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."
‑ Todd McCarthy, Variety
"Hang on tight for a real mind-blower, with astonishing visual effects, frightening monsters and exciting stunt fights."
‑ Tom Sander, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"Writer/director siblings the Wachowskis have gone further with the action genre than you'd have ever thought possible."
‑ , Total Film
"It's that balance between blockbuster-style action sequences and in-depth philosophical undertones that I've always admired about The Matrix."
‑ Leo Goldsmith, Not Coming to a Theater Near You
"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."
‑ Mark Caro, Chicago Tribune
"There's not much humor to keep it all life-size, and by the final stretch it's become bloated, mechanical, and tiresome."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"The Matrix is a movie experience like no other, and experience is what it's all about. It explodes with dazzling visuals and a transcendent sense of excitement."
‑ Chris Kridler, Baltimore Sun
"The Matrix is tough to explain, but then how much explaining does an amusement park ride require?"
‑ Leah Rozen, People Magazine
"Intense, but many teens will be able to handle it."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
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