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  • Summary: Neo, Morpheus, Trinity, and the rest of their crew continue to battle the machines that have enslaved the human race in the Matrix.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 40
  2. Negative: 1 out of 40
  1. 91
    All you could hope for from a summer movie: dazzling action, jaw-dropping effects, cool clothes, steamy romance and more of the nifty "Matrix" mythology introduced in the 1999 original.
  2. Reviewed by: Clint Morris
    Not unlike its predecessor -– might be hard to swallow, but it’s so delicious you just can’t help but want more. Not unlike one of those gobstoppers you can find in any candy store -- Hard to chew, nice to endure, if you will.
  3. The philosophy is even less plausible. But the action -- oh, the action! There's nothing else out there like it.
  4. 70
    Relax, the staging of the action sequences is as viciously elegant as you've been primed to expect, though there is a dispiriting more-of-the-same aspect to the picture.
  5. Unlike "The Matrix," all fights and stunts -- including a 14-minute freeway chase -- have a disturbing tendency to repeat intricately choreographed action. Thus, computer technology and overkill supplant the ingenuity of the original film's action.
  6. 50
    For such a rich visual movie, "Reloaded" tells far more than it shows; the pivotal scenes involve people explaining things to Neo. Too many plot turns resemble detours, and even the ever-amusing Smith feels like a red herring in the scheme of things.
  7. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    As messy and flat-footed as its predecessor is nimble and shapely. It's an ugly, bloated, repetitive movie that builds to a punch line that should have come an hour earlier (at least).

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 73 out of 320
  1. Apr 14, 2012
    This movie is outstanding. Its the perfect link between the first and second. It had a good amount of fight scenes and it teaches the viewer alot about the meaning behind the matrix and the plot. Unlike the last one, its about [spoiler] Neo just realising what he is doing in the matrix, which was clear from the start. To much time talking in metaphors and not enough actually fighting (except for the last bit) [END SPOILER]
    Whilst in the first one, it was average as you werent sure if it had a cliffhanger ending or not. It didnt answer enough questions to finish it off as a series, but it asked alot of questions which kept it going.
    Considering it was made in the late 90's and had roughly a 4 or 5 year gap between the 2.
  2. Oct 9, 2011
    What a fantastic, epic, AWEsome sequel. I love the first, but man, I love this more. It's just so, addictive. The effects are beautiful, with captivating new characters, awesome fighting scenes and a great climax. In my opinion, The best of the trilogy. Expand
  3. Dec 6, 2012
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Alright, I admit after seeing this in the theater the first time I walked out of the theater at the end with mixed opinions. I basically told everyone I wasn't sure if I liked it I'd have to see how they end it in the third movie. But after seeing the final part and then watching the entire movie trinity in order a second time later this and the last one have grown on me. The entire trinity is imo pure genius and has a profound philosophical/spiritual message but it is not obvious what this is. The second and the third movie are especially difficult to understand. Let me just speculate, if we look at Hindu cosmology (from which Buddhism also later arose) then possibly The Architect, Merovingian Frenchman and The Oracle represent the Hindu God Trinity: The Architect = Brahman the Creator, The Merovingian = Vishnu the Preserver (since he likes to preserve things from former Incarnation of the Matrix and The Oracle is Shiva the Destroyer (because she wants to destroy the old ways and bring about the new way of peace and she's also constantly smoking cigarettes which is a self-destructive habit). But that's just my opinion, feel free to interpret the trilogy however you want. This movie basically breaks down many assumptions we have about the matrix we gained in the first movie. The part where Neo is able to stop the machines in the real world is really confusing to the viewers too. How he does this is never clearly answered even in the third movie. Three possible theories I have are: 1) Zion and the outside world are just another layer of reality inside the matrix created to fool the people who escape the inner layer of the Matrix that they are free. 2) Neo is actually a machine himself (or possibly the cookie the oracle gave him lets him carry a machine program somehow, after all in computer lingo a "cookie" is a small piece of data you give to a user visiting your website so you can track them), 3) Neo has achieved enlightenment inside the matrix but a side-effect is that he's also achieved enlightenment in the real world, in Buddhism for example it is said there are high-level monks that can bend reality melting snow with their minds and/or make thing materialize out of thin air, etc.. It's possibly Neo's enlightenment lets him do something similar in the real world. Any of these explanations work but we never really know what the creators of these movies really intended since they have stated they would rather let us figure out things for ourselves. Other than being confusing for the viewer one other part I didn't like was the love-making scene between Neo and Trinity, the reason is the way it broke out into the cheesy Rave/techno style music. This should have been some Enya/Tantric spiritual style music imo, the rave music just made it really cheesy. The fight scene with Neo and the multiple Smiths went on way too long too. But overall this was a great movie. I give the entire trinity 10/10 but this movie I give a 9/10. Expand
  4. May 26, 2011
    Unfortunately this movie doesn't live up to the expectations following on from the first movie but this was always going to be likely to happen. Looking beyond that it does keep the trilogy moving towards it's conclusion introducing and developing new characters and giving some insight into the inner workings of the Matrix itself. Expand
  5. Dec 28, 2012
    WHile the action sequences are ramped up to a very exciting extent, it lacks the intelligent story arc that made the original stand out, and occasionally slips into self-parody. Expand
  6. Aug 1, 2013
    For an action movie The Matrix Reloaded is pretty boring. With much less time spent in the Matrix in comparison to the previous film and long dragging sections that are devoted to boring romance sequences. The largest problem is that where The Matrix managed to get you invested in the characters all The Matrix Reloaded does is make you annoyed with them. Expand
  7. Dec 20, 2010
    The matrix is the best movie that I have never seen. I like a lot! The actors and the story are great!Definitely a great movie!!! I cried through the whole thing. Expand

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