The Matrix Revolutions 2003

Critics score:
36 / 100

Reviews provided by RottenTomatoes

Terry Lawson, Detroit Free Press: The Matrix Revolutions is not a bad movie. It's just a maddening one. Read more

Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper: There is visual poetry to that rain-soaked duel-but it's no more impressive than earlier battles between Smith and Neo. And that's kind of how I felt about much of Revolutions. Read more

Mark Caro, Chicago Tribune: You could react on a gut level to the first movie's idea ... But that basic premise has been all but lost by Revolutions amid the philosophical smoke thrown up by the writing-directing Wachowski Brothers. Read more

A.O. Scott, New York Times: Reloaded was certainly a lumpy, gaseous treatise of a movie, but viewers of Revolutions may find themselves looking back on it fondly. Read more

Mark Rahner, Seattle Times: The laws of physics don't apply within the Matrix, but the law of diminishing returns does. Read more

Steve Murray, Atlanta Journal-Constitution: The end has come for Neo, Trinity, Morpheus and all the other unplugged people fighting machine domination in The Matrix Revolutions. The sad thing is, they go out more with a whimper than a bang. Read more

Ty Burr, Boston Globe: True believers will be reaching for the red pill, but it's still not quite enough to convert the heretics. Read more

Manohla Dargis, Los Angeles Times: How did something that started out so cool get so dorky? Read more

Eric Harrison, Houston Chronicle: As an action movie, it's talky, but it rocks. Read more

Paul Clinton (, The special effects are spectacular, and the final attacks on Zion are amazing -- too long, but amazing. But the emotional impact of this movie is zilch. Read more

Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post: The Matrix Revolutions leaves us with something to chew on for years to come. Read more

Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly: There's relatively less of the clunky alternation of big action and static speechifying that stalled Reloaded. But there's also less storytelling fervor from the Wachowskis. Read more

Chris Vognar, Dallas Morning News: With The Matrix Revolutions, the Wachowski brothers have managed to pull off something nearly impossible. They've made a movie about the end of the world that leaves us entirely indifferent to the outcome. Read more

Scott Foundas, L.A. Weekly: An unwieldy, two-plus-hours third act of a movie, guided by the principle (incubated by Reloaded and fully grown here) that too much is never too much. Read more

Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald: Conclusively proves that the Wachowskis had little substantial to add to the premise of the 1999 original. Read more

John Anderson, Newsday: Confronting Matrix Revolutions, you need your own veil of unreality just to wade through the misappropriated metaphors. Read more

Peter Rainer, New York Magazine/Vulture: Read more

Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger: What is the Matrix?, the first film asked. This film answers that. The Matrix is the marketing software that encourages movies like this to be made. And it must be disabled. Read more

Jack Mathews, New York Daily News: Noisy, repetitious and bloated with the Wachowski brothers' jumbled, digital-age philosophy. Read more

Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel: Wallows in interminable, poorly lit, barely coherent sequences of people in machines fighting other machines. Read more

James Berardinelli, ReelViews: Overlong and underwhelming, The Matrix Revolutions reinforces the thinking that it's a rare movie series in which the final chapter is the strongest. Read more

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times: In a basic and undeniable sense, this is a good movie, and fans who have earned their credit hours with the first two will want to see this one and graduate. Read more

Andrew O'Hehir, A solid action-adventure flick. Read more

Carla Meyer, San Francisco Chronicle: If only filmmakers Larry and Andy Wachowski could have saved themselves from their own machines. Their computer-generated imagery goes from dazzling to deadening. Read more

Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune: Louder, longer, more expensive and dumber than its predecessors, Revolutions is a mediocrity that will provide escapism only to those who head for the theater exits. Read more

St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Read more

Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail: Over all, The Matrix Revolutions, the third and last of the film cycle envisioned by Andy and Larry Wachowski, mostly feels as hackneyed as the first film felt fresh. Read more

Geoff Pevere, Toronto Star: One of the most original concepts in recent fantasy movie history has devolved into something perfectly ordinary. Read more

Derek Adams, Time Out: Read more

Mike Clark, USA Today: This come-down of a series capper is so arch and pompous amid its clanks and collisions that you can only snicker at the verbal wind that obscures the din of marauding machinery. Read more

Todd McCarthy, Variety: Read more

J. Hoberman, Village Voice: No less than the rankest demagogue, The Matrix Revolutions insists on the primacy of faith over knowledge. Once it locks and loads, however, the triumphant visuals short-circuit anything resembling abstract thought. Read more