The Matrix
The Matrix (1999)

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… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: September 21, 1999
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Critic Score: 87% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Thanks to the Wachowskis' imaginative vision, The Matrix is a smartly crafted combination of spectacular action and groundbreaking special effects.

Keith Simanton
Seattle Times

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.

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Keith Phipps
AV Club

Where other films are done in by the freedom offered by computer effects, The Matrix integrates them beautifully.

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Film4

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.

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David Denby
New Yorker

The movie is nonsense, but it does achieve a brazenly chic high style -- black-on-black, airborne, spasmodic.

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Todd McCarthy
Variety

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.

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Tom Sander
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Hang on tight for a real mind-blower, with astonishing visual effects, frightening monsters and exciting stunt fights.

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Mark Caro
Chicago Tribune

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.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

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

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Chris Kridler
Baltimore Sun

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 85% Flixster User Reviews
Bruce Bruce
saw one of cinema's greatest achievements, 'Plan 9 from Outer Space'. Widely regarded as the worst film of all time, it featured a plot… More
Christian C
Fantastic special effects and creative story. Neo is possibly the only role that Reeves handles appropriately.
xGary Xx
A computer hacker who is unsatisfied with his life is contacted by a mysterious stranger who reveals to him that the "real world" is in fact a… More
Adam Kelly
Underwhelming in its action sequences, and its philosophical themes, 'The Matrix' is simply a dull piece of cinema. Telling an unoriginal story of a… More
Mike S
Cool, groundbreaking, mind-twisting and simply phenomenal! A landmark science fiction masterpiece, that set a whole new standard for out-of-the-box film-making.… More
Jacob Ethington
Um... Yeah. I finally saw this, and it's all right. It's certainly a massive innovator in visual effects, I'll give it that much. But beyond… More

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