Critic Review - USA Today

For a far more thought-provoking tale about the virtual realm, try The Social Network.

December 17, 2010 Full Review Source: USA Today | Comments (43)
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UNTDrew

Drew Johnson

What on Earth does The Social Network (albeit a GREAT film) have to do with a Sci-Fi fantasy film like Tron???

Wow. Critics these days.

Dec 17 - 06:08 PM

Aaron W.

Aaron Walters

I am in complete agreement with you. Most critics hate what the public enjoys, just for the simple fact that the public enjoys it. How on earth do they get rated Top Critic.

Dec 17 - 06:24 PM

CaptainSiberia

Raymond Ogilvie

You are stupid. Stupid stupid stupid stupid. The critics hate the movie because it is a bad movie. Period. Deal with it or learn to form a proper argument.

Dec 24 - 06:53 PM

Kevin F.

Kevin Flynn

Sir,
I would advise you not to advertise your ignorance so openly on these forums. Especially if you want to preserve your image as an authority on movies. As a critic you should realize that film productions are made for the public. It's about making money. This is America and you should realize that nobody has respect for a critic that cannot take criticism (don't mean to point fingers... but if the shoe fits)

Dec 24 - 10:24 PM

dan t.

dan teasdale

Your an ignorant retard.

Apr 8 - 11:44 PM

Dark Jedi

Per Gunnar Jonsson

The stupid one is you moron. The critics always disagree with the big audience. I have stopped listening to the moron critics a long time ago.

Jun 26 - 11:35 PM

Michael N.

Michael Nelson

I totally agree as well. You connect social network with tron??? what the heck? totally different genres. and you are a Top critic because.....?

Dec 17 - 06:27 PM

Eli

Eli Elliot

no

Dec 17 - 08:21 PM

jason b.

jason bayne

Jesus, some of you are stupid.

Dec 17 - 09:12 PM

Michael M.

Michael Morse

Indeed. I don't think kids understand what the word "virtual realm" means. It has nothing to do with genres.

Hint: We are in it right now, having this conversation.

Dec 18 - 06:08 PM

John Matrix

John Matrix

Er, no, you two are idiots. We all know what "virtual realm" means. The comment is still unbelievably stupid. That's like writing a review of Die Hard and saying "For a better film about international terrorism, watch United 93." or writing a review of Star Wars and writing "For a better look at a civil war, watch Glory." Just because they have a vaguely similar plot point doesn't mean they're interchangeable.

Dec 19 - 07:31 PM

CaptainSiberia

Raymond Ogilvie

Just because they belong to totally different genres doesn't mean they don't both explore the same themes. Or that they don't merit comparisons to one another. Asshole.

Dec 24 - 06:56 PM

Zach B.

Zach Blank

For looking for a deeper meaning when none exists look to this reviewer because thats how you get to be a top rated reviewer. By looking for a metaphor in every action, the reviewer misses the point of entertainment, to entertain!

Dec 17 - 09:17 PM

ray e.

ray ero

exactly, they are snobs.

Dec 17 - 11:34 PM

CaptainSiberia

Raymond Ogilvie

Yeah, the point of entertainment is to entertain, and this movie was not entertaining. And you're stupid.

Dec 24 - 06:57 PM

Dark Jedi

Per Gunnar Jonsson

Christ what kind of an idiot are you. A lot of people found this movie entertaining. Get lost and get a life you idiot!

Jun 26 - 11:37 PM

Dictator Fred

Dictator Fred

Actually, Tron: Legacy was incredibly entertaining. If you disagree, go watch some pretentious black-and-white or foreign movie and leave us Tron fans alone, then go back to Siberia and freeze to death.

Dec 15 - 01:09 PM

Mack T.

Mack Thompson

Lol. trolled.

Dec 18 - 12:20 AM

WIlliam T.

WIlliam Thomsen

Can you lower a critics rating? If so I would give this snob a -15.

Dec 18 - 01:35 PM

Bartlett P.

Bartlett Pears

Another retarded film critic who finds themselves unable to write a review unless it involves a blockbuster movie that has NOTHING TO DO WITH THE MOVIE IN QUESTION.

The facebook movie isn't even in the same fucking genre!

Dec 18 - 06:06 PM

t3hdow

D W

Typical knee jerk reactions by rottentomatoes commenters. Judge an entire review (along with the critic) based on one misplaced blurb instead of reading it for yourself.

Claudia thought Tron has nice visuals and a great motorcycle scene, but thought the story and characters were paper thin. That's not unlike the usual blockbuster movie fare, so it's a fair assessment without being asinine about it. As for The Social Network remark, it sounded more like an honest misunderstanding than a thinly veiled insult towards virtual reality movies.

I know a lot of you have unbridled animosity towards critics, but c'mon. Use those critical thinking skills of yours before making another half-assed attack.

Dec 18 - 07:48 PM

CaptainSiberia

Raymond Ogilvie

Or maybe she's saying that the movies explore the same themes; connectivity, the duality between a person's ordinary self and the person they become on the internet, etc.

Dec 24 - 06:59 PM

Charles -.

Charles -

The movies do not explore the same themes. They are two totally different movies attempting to explore two totally different issues. Tron, is meant to be a highly stimulating and entertaining movie, more visually stunning and cool than thought provoking. The story in tron is secondary to the visuals and auditory stimulus (hence one of the reasons why it is in 3-d). On the other hand the social network attempts at explaining the new "social" world or lack thereof. It is meant to be a movie that promotes dialogue and whose success is based on its story not its eye candy. Honestly the Social Network is highly overrated, with dialogue that is far to complex and clever for college students even if they are Harvard graduates. It is is good but not the "move that defines a generation" as some critics have said. Tron on the other hand has far too simplistic and downright ridiculous conversations (one of which Puig provides in her critique regarding the state of the heroes' father). To captain siberia, instead of simply calling people stupid without providing any evidence or argument to support your name calling why dont you at least attempt to explain your reasoning and how in fact the themes of the two movies: Tron and Social network are similar and thus worthy of comparison.

Dec 25 - 05:37 AM

Charles -.

Charles -

The movies do not explore the same themes. They are two totally different movies attempting to explore two totally different issues. Tron, is meant to be a highly stimulating and entertaining movie, more visually stunning and cool than thought provoking. The story in tron is secondary to the visuals and auditory stimulus (hence one of the reasons why it is in 3-d). On the other hand the social network attempts at explaining the new "social" world or lack thereof. It is meant to be a movie that promotes dialogue and whose success is based on its story not its eye candy. Honestly the Social Network is highly overrated, with dialogue that is far to complex and clever for college students even if they are Harvard graduates. It is is good but not the "move that defines a generation" as some critics have said. Tron on the other hand has far too simplistic and downright ridiculous conversations (one of which Puig provides in her critique regarding the state of the heroes' father). To captain siberia, instead of simply calling people stupid without providing any evidence or argument to support your name calling why dont you at least attempt to explain your reasoning and how in fact the themes of the two movies: Tron and Social network are similar and thus worthy of comparison.

Dec 25 - 05:38 AM

Lumbergh Phucter

Jamie Eakins

Seems like this movie will be less divisive amongst moviegoers and FAR MORE divisive between moviegoers and critics. Game changer?

Dec 18 - 09:24 PM

Chaz S.

Chaz Seyfarth

I concur. I have more or less always sided with the majority of movie critics on rotten tomatoes but this will be the first time that I ardently feel a movie has unfairly received a bad rating on here. It's completely bogus if you ask me. This movie's action alone should have garnered no less than 60%. I still can't believe the new Indiana Jones beat it out. I realize Tron:Legacy had its share of plot holes and especially one scene that gave me pause but nothing in it came close to the WTF's that Indiana Jones elicited.

Dec 27 - 11:41 PM

moldyspore

A F

The Social Network is a drama based on something that actually exists and people who actually exist. Some of "The Social Network" comes directly from facts about Facebook's creation and Mark Zuckerberg's past (although clearly not all of it).

Comparing that movie to Tron: Legacy, a SEQUEL to an 80's Science Fiction/Fantasy movie about a computer generated world in which people can dematerialize and enter, who then compete against "programs" in games designed to empower an evil overlord master control program, based entirely in fiction, is beyond ludicrous.

Claudia Puig, you should have your reviewer license revoked.

Dec 18 - 10:44 PM

donkeyzone6

Evan Petkau

You're right Claudia! This was not the Kevin Flynn bio-pic I was looking for. This had nothing to do with the origins of Edcom, it was just a really great looking fun sci-fi genre pic...

Dec 19 - 08:16 AM

CaptainSiberia

Raymond Ogilvie

It was a drag.

Dec 24 - 07:00 PM

Chaz S.

Chaz Seyfarth

hahaha, absolutely. I, like Claudia, had my heart set on discovering all those things you mentioned donkeyzone. But more importantly the action sequences and 3D of Tron came nowhere near what The Social Network had to offer. How does having a disc battle turn upside down mid-game even come close to comparing to when Andrew Garfield slammed down Jesse Eisenberg's laptop. Nearly shat my pants when those keyboard parts came flying at my face in 3D. Not to mention where Tron blatantly ripped off the club scene from the Social Network where Justin Timberlake double crosses Jesse after telling him the story about Victoria Secret's founder. The only difference being that Jesse didn't regrow his arm.

Dec 27 - 11:25 PM

Joel T.

Joel Taylor

you seem like a very boring person

Dec 21 - 11:46 PM

CaptainSiberia

Raymond Ogilvie

You seem like an idiot.

Dec 24 - 07:00 PM

Jon Martin

Jon Martin

You really genuinely seem like an ass-hole!!!

Jul 22 - 01:20 PM

Paige M.

Paige Middleton

You all are missing the point. Read Puig's full review. The second I saw this tiny blurb, I knew she was inserting a touch of sarcasm. She is stating that you will be far more thought-provoked and will be more interested in the virtual realm of The Social Network. It is not intended to be in the same genre, but it is said to show that The Social Network is far more enticing than the mundane tale of Tron. The Social Network does involve the virtual realm. What else is the internet but a virtual world? Stop putting her down and open your minds a bit.

And to Charles' statement: " Honestly the Social Network is highly overrated, with dialogue that is far to complex and clever for college students even if they are Harvard graduates." -- I am a college student, and even though I had to pay attention to every detail, I understood the concept and full idea of the movie. And I am certainly not of Harvard status. Also, it is "far too*".

Dec 30 - 09:04 AM

Myerla

Elliot Newton

It's to much effort.

Apr 24 - 08:11 AM

CherryPop

Cherry Pop

Exactly!

Jul 1 - 03:21 PM

Jack W.

Jack Weber

Listen, I'm always the one defending the critics who get attacked by users and I avoid commenting on ones I disagree with just because we all have difference of opinions.

But comparing TRON and THE SOCIAL NETWORK? Say that to yourself again and does it sound like a comparison that should be made?

Jan 16 - 09:41 PM

D.D

diego duran

CaptainSiberia, let me say; films are like art. You either like a certain painting or you don't. Other people may like the painting because they see something in it that brings a connection. Its subjective!!! I think its HIGHLY ignorant of you to call people stupid. Right now, they are voicing what they like and believe. That's why there are critics. Some like it some don't; even THERE its subjective. it just so happens that A LOT of critics may not like the same film. In tron Legacy's case, its right down the middle. 50%. You will probably curse me out after reading this and call me stupid, but I don't care. I am right. You are wrong.

May 20 - 06:05 PM

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