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: March 31, 1999
DVD 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.

David Hunter
Hollywood Reporter

A technologically stunning movie that furthers the genre and features crowd-pleasing performances to go with the frequent scenes of gunplay and violence.

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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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Sean Axmaker
Seanax.com

The Matrix has become such a touchstone of American pop culture-referenced, copied, parodied, and parroted)-that it's hard to remember just how new and different and distinctive it was when it debuted in 1999.

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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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Peter T. Chattaway
Patheos

The Wachowski brothers are certainly a stylish pair of directors. Nearly every shot is a carefully composed, digitally enhanced, cyberpunk labour of love.

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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.

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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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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Flixster Audience Score: 85% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
A mind-blowing modern classic that feeds the mind with thought-provoking philosophical ideas about what reality is, and it will always be remembered as a major… More
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
Film Crazy
By far my favourite of the matrix trilogy. Its fast paced, action packed and really interesting to watch. Its a great concept and an interesting storyline… 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
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.