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The Matrix Revolutions Review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 3.0

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    Mixed or average reviews
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  • 20

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    Smith is only a rogue computer program, but this morbidly dispiriting movie makes him sound like a prophet.

  • 38

    out of 100

    USA Today Mike Clark

    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.

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  • 58

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    Among its better tricks, Matrix Revolutions finally gets the love-story subplot of Neo and Trinity in the right proportion.

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  • 60

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Michael Rechtshaffen

    Ending with neither a bang nor a whimper, the finale falls somewhere in between. It's an improvement over its concurrently shot, babbling predecessor, but it ultimately fails to capture any of that jaw-dropping sense of exhilaration that made the original such a must-see event.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    To the degree that I was able to put aside my questions, forget logic, disregard continuity problems and immerse myself in the moment, The Matrix Revolutions is a terrific action achievement. Andy and Larry Wachowski have concluded their trilogy with all barrels blazing.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 14+

Trilogy finale has same heavy violence, weaker script.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that as with the first two Matrix films, The Matrix Revolutions, the final installment of the trilogy, contains a great deal of battle violence between the humans and machines, and lots of pretentious dialogue. Characters are wounded and killed and there are some grisly graphic images, with with lots of blood spurting in fight scenes and Octopus-like mechanical sentinels chasing humans. Characters swear a lot, mostly "s--t."

  • Families can talk about the character names, a veritable encyclopedia of mythological references. Have you heard the stories of Morpheus and Persephone?
  • How do you think The Matirx Revolutions compares with the first two installments in the series?
  • What do the discussions of balance and choice mean? Of love and karma? Who is the Oracle? Who is the Architect? What is the train?

The good stuff
  • message true3

    Messages: Humans deserve to be free, and it's worth it to do what you have to do to throw off your oppressors, which in this case are machines. 

  • rolemodels true2

    Role models: The main characters are brave, resilient, resourceful, self-sacrificing, and loyal. The movie is filled with very strong minority and female characters.

What to watch for
  • violence false5

    Violence: Extreme peril and violence, characters killed, some gross effects, lots of blood spurting in fight scenes. Octopus-like mechanical sentinels chase human characters. Bane blinds Neo with a power cable.

  • sex false1

    Sex: Some brief passionate kissing.

  • language false3

    Language: Frequent swearing. "S--t," damn," "hell," bulls--t," 'bastard."

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false0

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not an issue