matt lynch’s review published on Letterboxd:
downright refreshing to see a planned-for-years third installment in a major studio franchise that's not just a series of buttons on narrative beats or paid-off teases, not just a setup-and-release joybuzzer that's a commercial for itself. the narrative, structural and thematic rhymes -- even down to individual compositions -- with the first film are too numerous to count. plus there's the Battle of Zion, about 35 minutes smack in the center that's certainly among the longest and has to be among the most dazzling sequences of the CGI era. Hugo Weaving's scary evil mastermind laugh forever.