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“Best Action Movie Of 1999”
“ONE-PARAGRAPH REVIEW COMPETITION 2”
“There Is No Spoon”
“This Was A Awesome Movie”
“A Work Of High Originality!”
“How Far Down Does The Rabbit Hole Go? ”
“"welcome To The Real World."”
“The Best Action Movie Ever Made!!!”
“An Amazing Work ”
“A Sweet Story, Sweet Visuals Too Bad They Stole The Idea.”
“This Has Set A Whole New Level In Film Making”
“Red Pill Please....”
A blast of Holly-Kong glitz that never approaches the stylistic cohesiveness of, say, John Woo's Face/Off or the charisma of that film's propulsive star John Travolta.
Lisa Schwarzbaum - Entertainment Weekly
The most salient things any prospective viewer need know is that Keanu Reeves makes a strikingly chic Prada model of an action hero.
Janet Maslin - New York Times
There's a kind of liberating, almost transforming energy in this film; it lights you up and sends you out all giddy with silliness.
Stephen Hunter - Washington Post
Special kudos to the mysterious Wachowski tag team, who have created a lurid, splashy nightmare for the end of the millennium.
Michael O'Sullivan - Washington Post
Silly and dense!
Jay Carr - Boston Globe
...has all the makings of a cult.
Dennis Lim - Village Voice
The only things energetic about The Matrix are its special effects.
Philip Wuntch - Dallas Morning News
It doesn't do anything interesting with the futuristic vision that it takes forever to explain!
Steven Rosen - Denver Post
The Matrix did not bore me. It interested me so much, indeed, that I wanted to be challenged even more.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
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
As Keanu says: Whoa!
Steven Rea - Philadelphia Inquirer
The Matrix is the coolest -- a journey into a genuinely original vision of our cyberfuture that will have you checking your own reality by the time it's over.
Susan Stark - Detroit News
The Matrix flings around enough imaginative ideas and digitized bodies to make it a definite check-out-this-one for all science-fiction fans.
Bob Fenster - Arizona Republic
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
A more technically dazzling synthesis of action choreography and cutting-edge computer graphics has not been seen since James Cameron's T2.
Rod Dreher - New York Post
The Matrix is mainly also an exercise in outrageous style over substance featuring flowing trenchcoats, sunglasses at night, and LOTS of guns.
Gemma Files - Film.com
The Matrix serves 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.
Sean Means - Film.com
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.
Ray Conlogue - Globe and Mail
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!
Andrew O'Hehir - Salon.com
Keanu Reeves makes a lean, strikingly beautiful tabula rasa hero, twisting out of the way of bullets that elongate like silver beads of mercury, and he's partnered by the equally hard, blank, and androgynously gorgeous Carrie-Anne Moss.
David Edelstein - Slate
The movie is kinetic, atmospheric, visually stunning, and mind-bending.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
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.
Richard Schickel - TIME Magazine
The Matrix soars with its feet in the air -- the rest crash-lands.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
An apocalypse of kinetic joy.
Kenneth Turan - Los Angeles 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
Dean Essner - Sight and Sound
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
Intense, but many teens will be able to handle it.
Nell Minow - Common Sense Media
Exemplifies the idea that a sufficiently cool outcome justifies all of the tortured narrative it takes to get there.
Tim Brayton - Antagony & Ecstasy
Other than some caveats, this is an innovative and original science fiction entry that's spawned a wave of sub par rip-offs and wannabes.
Felix Vasquez Jr. - Cinema Crazed
The original Matrix stands perfectly well on its own, despite the fact that the filmmakers went on with second and third episodes.
John J. Puccio - DVDTown.com
John J. Puccio - Movie Metropolis
Dimension-hopping has never been so exhilarating and breathlessly lyrical as brilliant visuals and bracing Hong Kong action stunts punch through lengthy streams of technobabble.
Mark Halverson - Sacramento News & Review
The surprise sleeper success of 1999, this ingenious science fiction thriller easily surpassed The Phantom Menace.
Steve Biodrowski - Cinefantastique
The paranoid details of the premise are thoroughly worked out; the characters and motives, much less so.
Rob Gonsalves - eFilmCritic.com
The Matrix is fun, and while it may confuse you first time around, a second viewing is really required to get the full 'entertainment' value out of it.
Garth Franklin - Dark Horizons
There is no denying that fact that the Wachowski Brothers have amazing imagination and vision. They direct the film with non-stop style and imbue each scene with enough eye-candy to make you stop noticing the gaping plot holes and lapses in logic.
Joe Lozito - Big Picture Big Sound
An inventive science fiction idea that rivals the brilliant thinking behind such movies from last year as Dark City and The Truman Show.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
Another slice of overlong, high concept hokum.
Geoff Andrew - Time Out
John Venable - Supercala.com
If you're curious where the next generation of auteurs is coming from, look in the art houses and look in The Matrix.
Ron Wells - Film Threat
As Morpheus says, "The Matrix is everywhere."
Phil Villarreal - Arizona Daily Star
All I can say is wow.
Dean Essner - Bullz-Eye.com
A tighter, cleaner story could only have helped The Matrix become one of the greats of its genre. I still like it a bunch.
Robin Clifford - Reeling Reviews
'The Matrix grabs you by the eyeballs, hypnotizes you into a state of visual ecstasy, and doesn't much care if your brain is following or not.'
Jeannette Catsoulis - Las Vegas Mercury
A wild ride, and worth the ticket price if only for the first-rate special effects. There's enough visionary work here to hold your attention for all 130 minutes.
Jeffrey Overstreet - Looking Closer
A terrifically entertaining and satisfying production.
Jesse Hassenger - Filmcritic.com
This film is triumph of style over substance.
Dragan Antulov - rec.arts.movies.reviews
The problem with The Matrix is that the enormously talented Wachowski brothers think their playful premise has metaphysical implications.
Leonard Schwarz - Palo Alto Weekly
The most influential action movie since Star Wars.
Steven D. Greydanus - Decent Films Guide
The Matrix is a super-dupper sci-fi thriller that reveals the human imagination as a saving force in the universe.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat - Spirituality and Practice
Almost untenably cool, but beneath the sheen there's substance.
Nev Pierce - BBC
The imagery in the first hour of The Matrix is astounding.
John R. McEwen - Film Quips Online
The least humane, least responsible, least pardonable movie I have ever seen.
Nick Davis - Nick's Flick Picks
Revolutionary sci-fi fable pits kung fu against evil robots.
James Rocchi - Netflix
If there has to be a quintessential film for the end of the millennium, this is it.
Kevin N. Laforest - Montreal Film Journal
An ambitious, perception-bending metaphor for life at the end of the 20th century. It doesn't always make sense, but it seems to make sense, which is the key thing in science fiction.
Jeffrey Westhoff - Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
Una fotografia interesante, un guion inteligente, actuaciones convincentes, una historia trepidante, un soundtrack fuerte y bien realizado
Luis Martinez - Cinenganos
Good performances, but the real stars here are the Wachowski brothers and their slick, gothic future world, where you can become an instant martial-arts expert simply by downloading a program to your cerebral cortex.
Dean Essner - Boston Phoenix
If the Wachowskis claim no originality of message, they are startling innovators of method.
Philip Strick - Sight and Sound
The Wachowskis are bold and daring appropriators--there's nothing they can't recycle.
Chuck Rudolph - Matinee Magazine
I must admit I kind of enjoyed The Matrix and all of its escapist fun.
Jim Chastain - Norman Transcript
When the storyline finally comes into focus, the movie takes off and never looks back.
James Kendrick - Q Network Film Desk
I must be in The Matrix because "the brotha" rule was broken!
Kamal 'The Diva' Larsuel - 3BlackChicks Review
A great-looking action film.
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
The film ends with Neo looking like Clark Kent, as he is stepping out of a telephone booth.
Dennis Schwartz - Ozus' World Movie Reviews
...combines special effects, with crazy fights featuring freaky Hong Kong action and unbelievable strengths, and a non-stop pace to a chase that seemed inevitable from the start.
JoBlo - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
Aimed specifically at a young, male audience, this challenging sci-fi adventure is big on visuals and short on story.
Susan Granger - rec.arts.movies.reviews
As a bonus, the soundtrack rocks as much as the movie.
Andrew Manning - Radio Free Entertainment
...peppered with good looking special effects, is designed in stylishly noir decor, and is generally well paced.
Arthur Lazere - culturevulture.net
The Matrix does indeed have a plot and sense of "mythos" that grounds it and makes it more than the sum of all of its special effects wizardry.
Greg Dean Schmitz - Greg's Previews at Yahoo! Movies
A feat of alchemy, blending modest parts into a stunning whole that really has no business working as brilliantly as it does.
Michael Dequina - TheMovieReport.com
Not only is the film elaborately plotted, it's ingeniously realized!
Duane Dudek - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Ciencia ficcion a su mas puro y alto nivel. Verdaderamente recomendable
Jorge Avila Andrade - Moviola
...a combination of brooding drama and reality-bending spectacle on par with Akira or Ghost in the Shell.
Tor Thorsen - Reel.com
It's a handsome picture with extremely slick photography, computer-enhanced stunts and neo-goth atmosphere.
Rob Blackwelder - SPLICEDWire
When there was so much potential for an intelligent story here the Wachowski Brothers have opted to spend most of their screen time on mindless action.
Mark R. Leeper - rec.arts.movies.reviews
The Matrix is packed full of cutting-edge special effects and stunts.
Brian Webster - Apollo Guide
Surreal and visually dazzling, The Matrix is one hearty bowl of sci-fi goulash!
Edward Johnson-Ott - NUVO Newsweekly
With a better cast and a tighter script, this could have been a knockout.
Bryant Frazer - Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus
The action sequences in The Matrix are some of the best in a long time.
Scott Renshaw - Scott Renshaw's Screening Room
I must admit, for all its blatant flaws (and man are there some), I left feeling shockingly satisfied, almost wanting to get right back in line and see it again.
Ted Prigge - Deconstructing Edward
A fun combination of cerebral sci-fi elements and stunningly impressive action sequences!
Jim Judy - Screen It!
A lot of the fighting and shoot-out scenes are positively balletic and great fun to watch.
Amy Taubin - Girls on Film
Rarely have so many startlingly original images been thrown into a single storyline.
Marc Savlov - Austin Chronicle
The Matrix is too much of an outer-limits head-trip to resist!
Kevin Maynard - Mr. Showbiz
And just what is the Matrix? Well, that would be telling. And it would effectively cut out what little conceptual guts power this latest exercise in pure, crazy, graphic novel-inflected cool.
Gemma Files - eye WEEKLY
It's astonishing that so much money, talent, technical expertise and visual imagination can be put in the service of something so stupid.
Bob Graham - San Francisco Chronicle
Also, almost every awkward performance is defensible, because many of the bad actors turn out to be software inventions.
Gary Thompson - Philadelphia Daily News
Like 'Alice in Wonderland,' from which it takes an early cue, 'The Matrix' creates its own logic, setting up rules just to break them and making it clear that the one thing you can count on in this tale is that you can't count on anything.
James Sanford - Kalamazoo Gazette
A contradiction in terms, a big-budget action/science-fiction epic that's also riveting, ambitious and intelligent.
David Luty - Film Journal International
...a science-fiction/action film so alternately thrilling and frustrating that it almost defies description.
Jeff Vice - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Who would have thought that a Keanu Reeves movie could be intellectually as well as visually satisfying?
Matt Easterbrook - Matt's Movie Reviews
The Matrix is one dandy piece of eye candy, even if the taste is a little flat.
Drew McAnulty - Jam! Movies
The Matrix is to overblown silliness as Mount Rushmore is to big stone heads.
Stuart Klawans - The Nation
Something that must be seen to be believed; a visionary achievement in filmmaking that delights the eye and the mind alike.
Eugene Novikov - Film Blather
Writer-directors Larry and Andy Wachowski have crafted a stunning fusion of a Hong Kong action film and a cyberpunk graphic novel.
Madeleine Williams - Cinematter
The film's a ride. Granted, it's a ride with a decent and well-thought out story behind it, but a ride nonetheless.
Widgett Walls - Needcoffee.com
With its cool gadgets, natty outfits and smashing action-set pieces, Matrix kicks serious butt, virtual and otherwise!
Dean Essner - E! Online
The Matrix is fun. It's thought-provoking, especially if you are touched with a pinch of paranoia. It's loud, explosive and a movie science fiction fans will appreciate.
Bob Bloom - rec.arts.movies.reviews
It's probably the best looking movie I've ever seen.
Matt Lawrence - Filmcritic.com
A surreal, icky, post-apocalyptic cyberpunk hacker mind-trip of a movie.
David N. Butterworth - rec.arts.movies.reviews
There's a major film in the pipeline that's already widely presumed to be the best science-fiction adventure of the year, but The Matrix sets the bar pretty darned high.
Shawn Levy - Oregonian
If you haven't had such a reality-blurring experience, run -- don't walk -- to see this film!
Matt Diehl - Citysearch
A movie so visually enthralling, so exciting and so elaborate that it deserves nothing short of universal acclaim. It's lavish, fascinating, beautiful, magnificently written, well directed, and effectively executed in every way.
David Keyes - Cinemaphile.org
This dazzling pop allegory is steeped in a dark, pulpy sensibility that transcends nostalgic pastiche and stands firmly on its own merits.
Maitland McDonagh - TV Guide's Movie Guide
Dean Essner - Irish Times
The special effects in The Matrix, the futuristic science fiction-thriller, are worth the price of a ticket. The confusing story leaves a bit to be desired, but overall, this is a solid movie that is fun to watch.
Gary Brown - Houston Community Newspapers
Hollywood has finally successfully captured the Asian city's action-filmmaking style in a star named Keanu Reeves and writer-directors called the brothers Wachowski!
Annlee Ellingson - Boxoffice Magazine
At least the Wachowski's attempted to do something different than what had been seen before, even if the finished product isn't quite the success they obviously yearned for.
Dustin Putman - DustinPutman.com
Wherever they tell their story they tell it too long and too loud.
Arthur Salm - San Diego Union-Tribune
Fasten your seatbelts and put on your thinking caps because the Wachowski brothers are back.
Steve Rhodes - Internet Reviews
All style and no substance. So what?
Sean Axmaker - Seattle Weekly
It is escapist entertainment in the hottest, most illusion-driven, fastest, tumultuous action style, bridging genres with ease (one-against-the-system/sci fi/film noir/action/apocalyptic fable) and creating its own style in the process.
Urban Cinefile Critics - Urban Cinefile
Go see this and soon.
Emily Blunt - Blunt Review
Despite electrifying visuals, the most intriguing scene in the movie is Neo's quiet conversation with a woman who is taking some cookies out of the oven.
Nell Minow - Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
...every movement in front of the camera looks choreographed, right down to the blinking eyes and shimmering light.
Wesley Morris - San Francisco Examiner
Ross Anthony - Hollywood Report Card
An exercise in sheer and unadulterated coolness.
James O'Ehley - Sci-Fi Movie Page
One of the most visually stunning films of all time, and a welcome reminder as to why sci-fi fans, such as myself, became sci-fi fans in the first place.
Alex Sandell - Juicy Cerebellum
...worth plugging into.
Bill Chambers - Film Freak Central
Robert Denerstein - Denver Rocky Mountain News
The Matrix is propelled by a fascinating-enough concept.
Harvey S. Karten - Compuserve
A reminder of how exhilirating it is when Hollywood hits a home run
Carlo Cavagna - AboutFilm.com
The Matrix is a great piece of eye candy.
Marty Mapes - Movie Habit
The story? It's not bad, but it definitely takes a back seat to the astounding visuals.
Jon Popick - Planet Sick-Boy
Amazingly deep and cool!
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
Even on the level of gunplay, The Matrix is a wonderful film. The action is intensely involving, executed with technical wizardry, and at times evokes the rhythm of Star Wars.
Ian Waldron-Mantgani - UK Critic
What makes the film weirdly compelling is the sheer audacity of its screenplay.
David Sterritt - Christian Science Monitor
The Matrix is really about filmmaking style rather than context.
John Anderson - Newsday
Wesley Lovell - Cinema Sight