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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 325
  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. JaredC.
    Jul 2, 2007
    The Matrix trilogy is awesome, there's no movie like this before.
  3. Jul 31, 2014
    Huge improvement over the first film! The most noticeable improvement was in the story! Whereas in the first film it would give you moments that it expected you to just car about the characters because of their situation, Reloaded presents you with individual struggles that really make you care for the fate of each character! Also the action in the sequel has been amped up to 11! Sadly, there aren't as many gunfights as the first and like its predecessor it has trouble keeping momentum towards the middle; however those are two very minor complaints! Expand
  4. Aug 20, 2013
    A sequel doesn't get much bigger, more populated or digitally enhanced than the second outing of the much publicised "Matrix" franchise, filmed back to back with a third instalment that was released later in the year of 2003, the second one is the beginning of a larger arc which finished in the third. We see Neo (Keanu Reeves) now taking full advantage of his "One" status, he has a new wardrobe, a more relaxed attitude and he can fly. He is joined again by the increasingly philosophical Morpheus Laurence Fishburne) and the lovely Trinity (Carrie-Anne Moss), the woman Neo falls for in the first film. This time around we have a glimpse of Zion, the last human city in the real world, a place mentioned several times in the original. The city is on the bring of an attack from the machines that many believe Neo can prevent. But there to get in his way is the rebooted and rejuvenated Smith, played with an undoubtedly charismatic and comedic undertone by Hugo Weaving. He is stronger, faster and can multiply in vast numbers, something Neo meets head on in one of the films most spectacular fight sequences, where Neo is facing countless amounts of Smiths at the one time, this fast, choreographed piece is one of the defining points of the film.
    So the big question remains, is it any good? Well much like that question, there are various moments in the film where questions are asked, perhaps rhetorical or not, but many times these questions are unanswered, or answered with another question, it's quite a circle and one that we must get used to, there are plenty of psychological puzzles and open-ended dialogue to keep people guessing for years what exactly was meant by this or that. In terms of explanations, we get a much deeper understanding of The Matrix, it's creation and its purpose, but this can often feel forced and too explanatory, computer program this, computer program that. The first film, we barely got an explanation, we were left in awe at the scope of the film and the subject matter, but a bigger budget for 'Reloaded' means a more action-oriented film, we still get some brain teasers, but a more human element and certainly pre bells and whistles take away that unique spark that's de the first so damn enjoyable. Mentioning the set pieces again, there are certainly some eye-catching and spectacular moments, a moving truck where we see Morpheus fighting an Agent was particularly enjoyable, with plenty of time spared for this breathtaking scene.
    But in light of these impressive feats, they seem to act as a distraction to a disengaging story, one that takes a more Hollywood approach as a bigger budget was available. These folks are now entering superhero territory which lacks the originality that was introduced in the original.
    Also making an appearance in the sequel is a vast amount of new characters, mostly from other ships headed to Zion, but they sort of get lost in the midst of everything that is going on in the bigger picture, left with little to do except stick on some cool sunglasses and an say a few witty lines.
    It certainly wasn't the sequel I was hoping for, it made everything too explainable and fluid, but while there is a few questions still to be answered, the cliffhanger ending was a little off the mark, not matching it's predecessor in unique storytelling or thrill, but definitely an action film worth watching.
  5. Aug 24, 2011
    My least favorite of the three movies. What a shame the sequels sputtered out or this Trilogy could have been the most epic in the history of film making. Could have been our generation's STAR WARS. Woulda, Coulda, Shoulda. Expand
  6. Oct 19, 2011
    Not very good, sorry. The first one was unbelievable, but with this one it almost betrays the first one. Neo is way overpowered making it less fun, the settings are creative but hideous, and the action is so cheesy it's not even like the first one, though some parts definitely are. It at least provides a good enough time to be worth renting, maybe not to own. Expand
  7. JAnderton-Marasco
    Nov 4, 2003

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