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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 movie is nonsense, but it does achieve a brazenly chic high style -- black-on-black, airborne, spasmodic.

- David Denby, New Yorker, Monday, October 21, 2013

Fresh: Keanu Reeves makes a lean, strikingly beautiful tabula rasa hero, twisting out of the way of bullets that elongate like silver beads of mercury, and he's partnered by the equally hard, blank, and androgynously gorgeous Carrie-Anne Moss.

- David Edelstein, Slate, Saturday, January 1, 2000

Fresh: The Matrix is mainly also an exercise in outrageous style over substance featuring flowing trenchcoats, sunglasses at night, and LOTS of guns.

- Gemma Files,, Saturday, January 1, 2000

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