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Detroit Free Press:
Reloaded might not have the power to change the way you see the world, but it just may change the way you look at movies.
As a piece of razzle-dazzle, shut-your-mouth -and-slap -you-silly eye candy, Reloaded more than delivers. But where's the head candy? Where's the complexity? Where are the goods?
Ebert & Roeper:
In the face of almost unbearable expectations, the Wachowski brothers deliver a sequel that soars to places only hinted at in the original.
A sadder, wiser, more grown-up movie than its predecessor.
If you're 14 or younger in age or sensibility, you may giggle at some of the bons mots.
The thrill isn't gone from the sequel, but the surprise is, and it hurts more than you'd think.
Perhaps because this story is slacker, it's more obvious the way the Wachowskis strain to keep us wowed -- not only in special effects and action scenes but also with dialogue and fashion, too.
Paul Clinton (CNN.com),
Ultimately, all the razzle-dazzle becomes mind-numbingly repetitive and drains the film of any tension involving the main players.
Much-anticipated sequel to The Matrix is both phenomenally talky and loaded with action and effects. How can this be? It's long.
Reloaded is more of a straight-ahead action movie than the original, and it's filled with spectacular mayhem.
The film has the same problems as The Empire Strikes Back, offering neither the novelty of an initial episode nor the satisfaction of a climactic one.
New York Daily News:
Early in the movie, Morpheus warns a new character that he's got to have faith. All things considered, The Matrix Reloaded justifies that faith.
New York Observer:
I liked this movie and can recommend it with a clear critical conscience, but it never moved me even half as much as Steven Spielberg's A.I.
On balance, The Matrix Reloaded does an admirable job of filling the niche it's supposed to -- that of an action-oriented science fiction adventure.
An ugly, bloated, repetitive movie that builds to a punch line that should have come an hour earlier.
Globe and Mail:
Judged strictly by the story line, this one plays like what it is, a rather meandering second act that advances the plot only slightly and doesn't pretend to be a complete or self-sufficient film.
While it is both naive and unfair to expect lightning to strike terrain this fertile twice, the most distressing thing about the reloading of The Matrix is just how much it feels like The Phantom Menace.
Worryingly, the longer this movie goes on, the harder it is to care.
Delivers enough thrills, kicks and cool moments to satiate geeks, fans and mere general viewers worldwide.
The refreshing draft of effervescent movie magic leaves a sludgy sediment of metaphysics. The latter may be less than brain-buzzing; the former is something else, thanks largely to genius fight choreographer Yuen Wo Ping.