88

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
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.
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88

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
Kinetic, atmospheric, visually stunning, and mind-bending.
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75

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
The plot switches gears every time it threatens to run out of energy, which keeps the show as lively as it is preposterous.
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75

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
A dazzlingly original visual adventure.
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75

Chicago Tribune

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.
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
A visually dazzling cyberadventure, full of kinetic excitement, but it retreats to formula just when it's getting interesting.
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63

USA Today

By Mike Clark
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.
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58

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
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.
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50

Boston Globe

By Jay Carr
Snazzy visuals, of which she (Moss) is one, carry The Matrix past its klutzy script.
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25

San Francisco Chronicle

By Bob Graham
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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73 out of 100
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