The Matrix Reloaded

  • Review Date: October 13, 2003
  • Rated: R
  • Genre: Science Fiction
  • Release Year: 2003
  • Running Time: 138 minutes

Common Sense Media says

Second Matrix movie is violent but still exciting.
  • Review Date: October 13, 2003
  • Rated: R
  • Genre: Science Fiction
  • Release Year: 2003
  • Running Time: 138 minutes





What parents need to know

Positive messages

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

Positive 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.


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.


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


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

Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

One adult character drinks wine.

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.

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Kids say

What's the story?

No refreshers to bring us back into the world of the original Matrix -- THE MATRIX RELOADED literally starts with a bang as a woman in black breaks into some sort of secure facility and fights off the guards. And just like that, we're back in a world where the machines use humans for fuel, lulling people into thinking that they're living mundane lives so that they won't realize that they're merely an energy source. Only a few humans know the truth, and Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne) and Trinity (Carrie-Anne Moss) believe that one of them, Neo (Keanu Reeves), is "the One" who's destined to defeat the machines. The action shifts back and forth between Zion, the city where the humans who resist the machines live, and the illusory "city" maintained by the computer program called the Matrix.

Is it any good?


The Matrix Reloaded lives up to fans' expectations in many ways, serving as a bridge between the chapter that sets up the conflict and the chapter that resolves it. It has some narrative weaknesses, but there are electrifying fight scenes, an audaciously dystopic vision, zillions of explosions and car crashes, a steamy love scene, and visual effects that continue to raise the bar.

Some of the action sequences will simply knock your socks off. The Matrix's Agent Smith (Hugo Weaving) has learned how to multiply, and Neo has to fight a hundred Smiths, each with its own version of Weaving's magnificently cocked eyebrow. Real-life twins (and black belt karate instructors) Adrien and Neil Rayment play dredlocked albinos who can turn themselves into ghost-like wraiths out to destroy our heroes. And there's a heart-stopping 14-minute chase and crash scene on a freeway. But the movie's most powerful scene doesn't have fancy special effects or explosions. It's the conversation between Neo and the Oracle (played with endless warmth, wit, and spirit by the late Gloria Foster). The movie also taps into epic questions of destiny, causality, identity, and choice.

Families can talk about...

  • 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?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:May 15, 2003
DVD release date:October 6, 2003
Cast:Carrie-Anne Moss, Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne
Directors:Andy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski
Studio:Warner Bros.
Genre:Science Fiction
Run time:138 minutes
MPAA rating:R
MPAA explanation:sci-fi violence and some sexuality

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Adult Written byabarsegian April 9, 2008
Adult Written byJWMQuan August 3, 2010
there's one scene with Trinity and Neo doing sex and they're naked.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Teen, 14 years old Written bycheese-process January 22, 2011

Not as good as the first.

Half of the time I didn't know what was going on, and some of the scenes were pretty cool, yet pretty stupid at the same time. The special effects were awesome, but a bit overdone. I really felt like I was playing a video game, rather than watching a movie, though. That's not really a good sign. But the movie was fun and good, (just like the sex scene, tee-hee), but many things could have been better.
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Too much violence


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