The Matrix Reviews

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • ...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

  • 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 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 —

  • The Matrix is mainly also an exercise in outrageous style over substance featuring flowing trenchcoats, sunglasses at night, and LOTS of guns.

    Gemma Files —

  • 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 —

  • 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

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