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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.
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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. 80
    The Wachowskis still hold the current franchise on intellectually engaging action films. It's not like I won't be heading back for a second (or even third) look.
  3. 75
    The Wachowskis have put together a mix of culture, kung fu, sci-fi and speculation, that makes them the warped wonders they are. When the film ends with a "To Be Continued," the hooks are in for The Matrix Revolutions on November 5th. Maybe I've been programmed to say it, but I am so there.
  4. Reviewed by: Richard Schickel
    70
    You are never exactly bored by The Matrix Reloaded. But there is something alienating about it, maybe because it fails to fulfill its possibly loony intellectual aspirations.
  5. No, it's not great. No, it's not a disaster.
  6. 50
    As a whole, The Matrix Reloaded is thin on magic, charm, surprise and fun. It's less like an all-out escape, or even a thrill ride, than a sensory workout. At best, it's a treadmill-like bridge to the hoped-for splendors of episode three, The Matrix Revolutions.
  7. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    30
    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 329
  1. Apr 14, 2012
    10
    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 viewerThis 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.
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  2. JaredC.
    Jul 2, 2007
    10
    The Matrix trilogy is awesome, there's no movie like this before.
  3. Sep 5, 2014
    9
    I must have popped this one in badly wanting entertainment (why is 'Men in Black' supposed to be as funny as they say it is? Seriously, why?),I must have popped this one in badly wanting entertainment (why is 'Men in Black' supposed to be as funny as they say it is? Seriously, why?), but I watched it thinking, Maybe this won't be a clunker.

    Much to my pleasant surprise, it was not a clunker. It was really very good, though of course not as good as the original.

    The only place 'Reloaded' really improves on the original 'Matrix' is in the action sequences, which are bigger and better. The story, however, is a bit less well-written than the first one's, and while it was interesting to see the real-world side of the fight against the machines, so to speak, the point where they introduce the Merovingian just plain shuts down the whole plot. For what it's worth, though, I do actually think the Architect scene made up for it. (Maybe that's just because I like the occasional burst of $20 dialogue, which I can understand just fine, and if you can't, that is YOUR problem!)
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  4. Apr 18, 2015
    7
    The film is not as good as the first one. The story continues, but no longer has the same mystery as if it had first.The film is not as good as the first one. The story continues, but no longer has the same mystery as if it had first. . Expand
  5. Jul 2, 2012
    6
    The Matrix Reloaded is much bigger and brasher than its predecessor. It has a very good first act, which is engaging and develops the conceptsThe Matrix Reloaded is much bigger and brasher than its predecessor. It has a very good first act, which is engaging and develops the concepts of the first film in style. Reloaded becomes far less focused and borders on being incoherent as the film progresses. One of the main plot points is the return of Agent Smith (Hugo Weaving) and his newfound ability to clone himself since Neo "freed" him. As a plot device, this is as stupid as they come, but Weaving has fun with the concept by valiantly attempting a comic back-and-forth with himself. The rest of the returning cast again turn in good performances, though the development of the romantic relationship between Neo and Trininty (Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss) is unconvincing and surprisingly immature. The action sequences are even more stunning than in the first film, particularly the hugely destructive extended freeway chase that will go down in history as one of the best film set-pieces purely in terms of gloss, complexity and scale. Though this massive visual extravaganza is impressive, my favourite scene in the film is far more understated - early on in the story, upon his arrival to the final surviving human city, Neo and Councillor Hamann (Anthony Zerbe) debate purpose, destiny and free will as the rest of the city sleeps, a simple scene, but an immensely human and emotionally grounded one. An increased reliance on not-so-subtle religious symbolism becomes a little annoying, especially in the film's final act, which in addition to being a bit pretentious is also lazy and dull. The Matrix Reloaded is decent in part, offering thrills and visual amazement, and the odd decent character moment, but an over-long, sometimes boring and often confusing plot, in addition to a lack of effective character development makes this sequel pale in comparison to the first film. It offers just enough new ideas to stand out from the crowd, and is certainly more entertaining and of higher quality than the vast majority of film sequels, but the Matrix Reloaded is certainly not as profound and clever as it thinks it is. It's a good blockbuster then, but not much more, and it unfortunately lead to the shudder-inducing final instalment of the series six months later... Expand
  6. Nov 12, 2013
    5
    The Matrix reloads with a lackluster continuation.
    The Matrix Reloaded takes off with once again good directing and well paced action, but
    The Matrix reloads with a lackluster continuation.
    The Matrix Reloaded takes off with once again good directing and well paced action, but falls very flat in its screenplay. The entire movie feels forced with odd character decisions and in many cases poor dialogue.
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  7. JAnderton-Marasco
    Nov 4, 2003
    0
    Why?

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