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The Matrix

action & adventure, sci-fi & fantasy

Set in the 22nd century, MATRIX tells of a computer hacker (REEVES) who joins a group of underground insurgents fighting the vast and powerful computers who now rule the earth. The computers are powered by human beings...

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common sense

PAUSE for kids age 14
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
2 out of 5
3 out of 5
Positive messages
3 out of 5
Positive role models
3 out of 5
2 out of 5
4 out of 5

Intense, but many teens will be able to handle it.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that although The Matrix is an exciting, sometimes confusing, sci-fi adventure with a brooding Keanu Reeves and a mysterious Laurence Fishburne at it center. It's heavy on special effects and rated R for violence (some pretty gross, including an icky bug that enters the hero's body through his belly button) and language ("s--t," "goddamn," "crap," etc.). Most teens 14 and up who are begging to see it should be able to handle it without a problem, though the plot can be confusing as it unfolds.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the relationship between humans and machines. Why was the first Matrix program, creating the perception of a utopia-like society, unacceptable to the humans?
  • What do you think of the violence in The Matrix? Is it too much, or approrpriate to the story?
  • How well do you think The Matrix deals with the philosophical issues it raises, such as destiny vs. free will and loyalty vs. self-interest?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: The most salient things any prospective viewer need know is that Keanu Reeves makes a strikingly chic Prada model of an action hero.

- Janet Maslin, New York Times, Saturday, January 1, 2000


- Luke Buckmaster, In Film Australia, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Fresh: Almost untenably cool, but beneath the sheen there's substance.

- Nev Pierce, BBC, Tuesday, June 5, 2007

Audience Reviews

5 stars

a true masterpiece. A

- bbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbb1, Monday, October 18, 2010

3 stars

Beside the memorable bullet time scene, I can't really remember what happened in the movie. sorry Keanu.. don't be sad:

- citawijaya, Tuesday, June 22, 2010

4 stars

Awesome movie.

- 3niR, Saturday, May 22, 2010