The wait for The Matrix Resurrections is nearly over, and with it ends a two-decade hiatus for a film that’s poised to revive the franchise and also, potentially, redeem two sequels that preceded it. The film hits both theaters and HBO Max on December 22–note that the streaming service won’t be releasing the film early–and on the eve of its release, it’s only natural to wonder how it’s faring with critics.
The Matrix Resurrections is written and directed by Lana Wachowski. The fourth movie in the series stars Keanu Reeves, Carrie Anne Moss, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (Watchmen), Jessica Henwick (Underwater), Ellen Hollman (Spartacus), Jonathan Groff (Mindhunter), Priyanka Chopra (We Can Be Heroes), and Daniel Bernhardt (Birds of Prey).
As of this writing, the movie has 35 critics giving an aggregate score of 64 on Metacritic. Rotten Tomatoes, meanwhile, has 69 critics giving a similar aggregate score of 67% fresh. These scores will shift as the film is finally out and other outlets publish reviews, but based on reviews, it looks like if you are a diehard fan you will not be disappointed.