The Matrix Reloaded

Movie review by
Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommendPopular with kids
Second Matrix movie is violent but still exciting.
  • R
  • 2003
  • 138 minutes

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 27 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 70 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

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 & Representations

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.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

One adult character drinks wine.

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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent Written bycfarthing08 September 21, 2016

Dirty, bad language

Disappointed. Has nudity. See-through shirts. Sides of Neo and Tribity pretty graphically having sex. Nasty. Wish they'd remake rated PG13 and leave out th... Continue reading
Parent of a 4 and 9-year-old Written bykvirgin April 9, 2008

parents: why did you take your young kids to see this?

i was at the del monte center in monterey, california, and there were at least 12 children under 12 in the audience. the violence in this movie, and the dark, c... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written bye_movies July 5, 2020

Great Movie, not for kids.

This was overall a great movie. There is a lot of nudity and a graphic sex scene, however I thoroughly enjoyed it. There is violence as usual. Overall fantastic... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byCSM Screen Name... April 9, 2008

The best action film of this century

There is only one way to classify this movie....visual masterpiece.I saw this movie after seeing the first one of course. Some people claim that its no more th... Continue reading

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?

This movie 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. The Matrix Reloaded 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.

Talk to your kids 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?

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