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Overall B-

Like many philosophers of old, Thomas Anderson (Keanu Reeves) wonders about life and the meaning of reality. The daytime computer programmer assumes a second identity by night (called Neo) and hacks systems hoping to uncover some answers. Unfortunately, all he finds is more questions after he meets the beautiful Trinity (Carrie-Anne Moss) and mysterious Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne).

Violence D+
Sexual Content B
Profanity C
Substance Use B

MPAA Rating: R for sci-fi violence and brief language.

Why is The Matrix rated R?

Official MPAA Rating: The Matrix is rated R for for sci-fi violence and brief language.

Please read our content details for this movie to help determine if it is suitable for members of your family. We also encourage you to check our full review and our movie information page.

Violence: Many scenes depict violent conflict, often involving a barrage of guns. Many people are shot, some with blood effects. Other scenes portray property damage with implied deaths. A character kills other characters by “unplugging” them from support equipment. Three men use fantastical torture methods on a character they are holding captive, including having his mouth removed and a “bug” inserted into his navel (we later see the bug removed, with some blood effects). A character in a phone booth appears to be run over by a truck. Characters practice fighting using martial arts techniques.

Sexual Content: A man places his hand on an unconscious woman’s clothed breast. We see obscured non-explicit nudity of a male character.

Language: Some scatological and other mild terms are heard. Christian terms of deity are used as expletives.

Drugs/Alcohol: Fantastical drugs are depicted.

The Matrix
Canadian Movie Ratings
Province Rating Rating Descriptor
British Columbia 14A Violence, Coarse Language.
Alberta 14A Violent Scenes.
Manitoba 14A Extreme Violence.
Ontario Not Rated Adult Accompaniment
Quebec 13+ Violence.
Martimes Not Rated
Canadian Home Video 14A

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