(1999)

Critic Reviews

73

Metascore

Based on 35 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
90
A wildly cinematic futuristic thriller that is determined to overpower the imagination, The Matrix combines traditional science-fiction premises with spanking new visual technology in a way that almost defies description.
88
With its mix of Lewis Carroll and William Gibson; Japanese anime and Chinese chopsocky; mythological allusions, and machine-made illusion, offers a couple of hours of escapist fun.
88
ReelViews
Kinetic, atmospheric, visually stunning, and mind-bending.
75
Chicago Sun-Times
A visually dazzling cyberadventure, full of kinetic excitement, but it retreats to formula just when it's getting interesting.
75
New York Daily News
A dazzlingly original visual adventure.
75
The writing remains more intelligent than most thrillers, and the action is executed with such panache that even if you don't buy the reality of The Matrix, it's a helluva place to visit.
75
Christian Science Monitor
The plot switches gears every time it threatens to run out of energy, which keeps the show as lively as it is preposterous.
75
New York Post
It's like animation come to three-dimensional life, and f/x addicts as well as sci-fi fans will not want to miss a split-second.
75
San Francisco Examiner
Where most effects-laden extravanganzas aspire to be nothing more than a live-action comic book, The Matrix sees things with the venturesome clarity of a graphic novel.
63
USA Today
Even if a lot of adults have problems following this picture 100%, look for computer-savvy teen-agers to guarantee this sometimes original but too often derivative time-killer a shelf life.
58
Entertainment Weekly
The real soullessness here is built into the production, a polished adaptation of Hong Kong-style filmmaking that, with its cast of depressive characters, allows for little Hong Kong-style joy.
25
San Francisco Chronicle
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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