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The Matrix Reloaded Review

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  • 60

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    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    In this second installment of the trilogy, lithe bodies endowed with superior brains do all sorts of spectacular things, but the movie has the dead soul of a video game.

  • 60

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    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    Unlike "The Matrix," all fights and stunts -- including a 14-minute freeway chase -- have a disturbing tendency to repeat intricately choreographed action. Thus, computer technology and overkill supplant the ingenuity of the original film's action.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    USA Today Mike Clark

    Salvaged by its rally, Reloaded seems less tired than "X2," its current sequel rival. But since its creators have said it's only half of a movie, we won't really know until The Matrix Revolutions arrives Nov. 5 whether this chunk is fizzle or sizzle.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    If The Matrix Reloaded is a trip through high-toned mediocrity, not nearly as suggestive or cohesive as ''The Matrix,'' it's one of the most wizardly mediocre movies I've seen in quite some time.

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  • 88

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    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    It is an immensely skillful sci-fi adventure, combining the usual elements: heroes and villains, special effects and stunts, chases and explosions, romance and oratory.

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Pause for kids 14 & under

Second Matrix movie is violent but still exciting.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that The Matrix Reloaded is the second film in the Matrix sci-fi triology. It has intense and prolonged sci-fi violence and peril, including fights, car chases/crashes, guns, and martial arts. Characters are killed (sometimes more than once). There's some swearing ("f--k," "s--t," "prick," "damn," "hell") and a deeply romantic sexual encounter (briefly graphic, with breasts/butt exposed). Many characters are strong, brave, loyal, and intelligent.

  • Families can talk about how this second installment in the Matrix trilogy compares with the first. Is it as exciting and innovative? What impact does the movie's violence have?
  • Is Neo "the One"? What does that mean? Who or what is the Oracle?
  • Whose choices led to the conflict between the humans and the machines?

The good stuff
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    Messages: The Matrix Reloaded explores the difference between destiny and choice and whether choice is "an illusion created by those with power."

  • rolemodels true3

    Role models: Morpheus is wise, and Neo is strong, brave, and caring, as is Trinity. Characters display great loyalty to their group and are highly motivated to save humanity from the machines.

What to watch for
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    Violence: The Matrix Reloaded has many huge fight scenes-- especially ones with clones (Neo must fight 100 Smiths) -- zillions of explosions, and a 14-minute car chase and crash scene on a freeway, with bad guys who can turn themselves into ghost-like wraiths. The characters are constantly in extreme peril, some die, and one wounded character dies but is brought back to life.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Some passionate kissing, one sexual encounter (not graphic) with partial nudity (her bare breasts, his butt).

  • language false4

    Language: Relatively infrequent use of words including "f--k," "s--t," "prick," "damn," "ass," "hell," "Jesus" and "Christ" used as exclamations.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not applicable

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false1

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: One adult character drinks wine.