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  • Summary: A computer hacker (Reeves) learns that his entire life has been a virtual dream, orchestrated by a strange class of computer overlords in the far future. He joins a resistance movement (led by Fishburne) to free humanity from lives of computerized brainwashing.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 35
  2. Negative: 1 out of 35
  1. 91
    The Matrix slams you back in your chair, pops open your eyes and leaves your jaw hanging slack in amazement.
  2. 90
    The Wachowskis do it so playfully well, keeping The Matrix's potentially confusing plot intelligible, intelligent, and suspenseful, that it doesn't matter.
  3. 88
    Kinetic, atmospheric, visually stunning, and mind-bending.
  4. 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.
  5. The plot switches gears every time it threatens to run out of energy, which keeps the show as lively as it is preposterous.
  6. Reviewed by: David Ansen
    With an arsenal of cool f/x at their disposal, the Wachowskis have come up with a dizzyingly enjoyable junk movie that has just enough on its mind to keep the pleasure from being a guilty one.
  7. It's astonishing that so much money, talent, technical expertise and visual imagination can be put in the service of something so stupid.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 17 out of 164
  1. May 25, 2012
    This film is much more than most of people can understand.It just try to open our eyes, we are in the matrix and this world is not what we think it is, and this movie is made by this people for this people, just as James Cameron Avatar that shows to the world the true reality, from whence we came and where we can go. Expand
  2. Dec 12, 2013
    Easily the best movies ever made. Amazing action and story, great acting, too. I don't want to spoil anything because this is too good, just watch it. You will crap your pants, at the sheer awesomeness.

    And don't forget all of the unforgettable lines like "Not like this, not like this"

    Watch this movie or I will find you, I will hurt you, then I will kill you.
  3. Jan 7, 2012
    Amazing, definitely a timeless masterpiece. Some of the utmost original storylines of science-fiction genre, introducing a brilliant and new reality that will break with all the standards and blow away your mind. The perfect combination between action scenes that will keep you on the edge of your seat and reflective dialogues concerning the movie's very deep theme. Additionally, the technical production is astonishing with very good graphic special effects that form an unbelievably awesome visual appeal. Truly a must-watch production that will not leave you unchanged. Expand
  4. Feb 14, 2013
    Quite possibly one of the greatest action movies of all time. The world of the matrix is so intriguing you can't help but be hooked on what the movie throws at you. Great characters, a gripping story and some great special effects even over 10 years later. Expand
  5. Jun 6, 2011
    Groundbreaking synthesis of East meats West, in a brilliant sci-fi mind-scape. ...trippy, cool, and fun ride all around. Forget the sequels, they suck Expand
  6. Mar 5, 2014
    Well, this one was certainly unique. That is for sure. I was very skeptical heading into this one as I am not head over heels with Keanu Reeves and am not a fan of Laurence Fishburne at all, yet both turned in good performances. The plot is very complex, but once you wrap your head around it and begin to understand everything, it becomes very enjoyable and easy watching. In fact, it shocked me how straight forward it wound up being, as I expected it to be far more confounding. I am typically not a huge science fiction fan, but this one really wound up working for me and though the shoved in romantic elements bother me as always. On top of that, how it pretty much turns into an action film (especially towards the end) is another sour note here. However, as I said, it was still very enjoyable and very well done. Expand
  7. May 27, 2013
    I hate movies like this, many slow motion, too many gun shootings, protagonist always trying to be cool, protagonist is always invincible, always wins a battle easily, antagonists are always dumb and lose a battle easily.

    I am not interested to see martial arts in movie, I lather watch gun battles. If I want to watch martial arts I lather watch real martial arts match, martial arts in movies are fake. I don't even like most gun battle movies like The A-Team, Knight and Day, Resident Evil. I only like gun battles from Metro 2033. It gives thrill because bullets are very limited.

    I only like the idea that people are in the computer world.

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