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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.
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  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
    70
    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 176
  1. May 25, 2012
    10
    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. May 3, 2014
    10
    I strongly recommend this film; it's a golden experience that will change your life for the better.

    The effects still look great even
    fifteen years later. The story offers much food for thought. Morpheus, Neo, and Trinity transcend mere character into archetype. But who HASN'T felt as if this life is something less than it seems? This stands alongside 'Serenity' among science-fiction cinema's greatest champions of human liberation and truth. If you care about your mind, see this. You will not be disappointed. Expand
  3. Jan 6, 2012
    10
    Beautifully filmed and written. Best film of all time. The charcters are so real and engaging, the settings are perfect and I couldn't find a single fault if I tried. Expand
  4. Apr 22, 2013
    9
    Brilliant concept, perhaps a little more thought could have been given to the plot details, but most of this movie is for the eyes! The acting is amazing for a 1990's action film and undoubtedly one of my all-time favourites. The top-of-the-time CGI is breathtaking, spawning many cultural references to the 'Matrix Move' made popular by this film. Overall, this movie is extremely entertaining and will always be a favourite amongst many. Expand
  5. chw
    Jul 17, 2014
    9
    The Matrix was genius. Acting was great, the story: perfection, direction was perfect, and then the fights were absolutely badass, and anyone who's seen it would agree. Expand
  6. Aug 8, 2014
    8
    Well served by a terrific cast and some spot on action sequences, "Matrix" is a groundbreaking piece of cinema with the essence of pure entertainment.
  7. May 27, 2013
    1
    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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