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The Matrix

In the near future, Computer hacker Neo is contacted by underground freedom fighters who explain that reality as he understands it is actually a complex computer simulation called the Matrix. Created by a malevolent Artificial Intelligence, the Matrix hides the truth from humanity, allowing them to live a convincing, simulated life in 1999 while machines grow and harvest people to use as an ongoing energy source. The leader of the ... [+]
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United StatesUnited States M
Todd McCarthy
"Ultra-cool visuals that truly deliver something new to the sci-fi action lexicon will make this time-jumping thriller a must-see among genre fans"  POS
United StatesUnited States M
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
"'The Matrix' recycles the premises of 'Dark City' and 'Strange Days,' turns up the heat and the volume, and borrows the gravity-defying choreography of Hong Kong action movies. It's fun, but it could have been more (...) Rating: ★★★ (out of four)"  POS
United StatesUnited States M
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
"A wildly cinematic futuristic thriller that is determined to overpower the imagination, The Matrix combines traditional science-fiction premises with spanking new visual technology"  POS
United StatesUnited States M
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
"With its mix of Lewis Carroll and William Gibson; Japanese anime and Chinese chopsocky; mythological allusions, and machine-made illusion, ['The Matrix'] offers a couple of hours of escapist fun"  POS
United StatesUnited States M
Bob Graham
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"  NEG
United KingdomUnited Kingdom M
Ian Nathan
"In the clearest sense of the term 'The Matrix' is a classic, not only a great movie, but a film that simultaneously redefined its own medium. Forever (…) Rating: ★★★★★ (out of 5)"  POS
United StatesUnited States F
Janet Maslin
The New York Times
"Wachowskis stylishly envision the ultimate in cyberescapism (...) The martial arts dynamics are phenomenal"  POS
United KingdomUnited Kingdom M
Stuart Heritage
The Guardian
"'The Matrix' is a teenage boy's dream. There's action, fighting, cutting-edge special effects, murderous robots, evil authority figures..."  POS
United StatesUnited States M
David Hunter
The Hollywood Reporter
"Kudos to the writing and directing team of Larry and Andy Wachowski (...) for fashioning a brain-twisting, eye-popping thriller"  POS
United KingdomUnited Kingdom M
Nev Pierce
British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)
"[An] allegorical science fiction masterpiece (...) The action sequences stun (...) 'The Matrix' is almost untenably cool, but beneath the sheen there's substance (…) Rating: ★★★★★ (out of 5)"  POS
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