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TRON (1982)



Average Rating: 6.4/10
Reviews Counted: 53
Fresh: 37 | Rotten: 16

Though perhaps not as strong dramatically as it is technologically, TRON is an original and visually stunning piece of science fiction that represents a landmark work in the history of computer animation.


Average Rating: 5/10
Critic Reviews: 6
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 4

Though perhaps not as strong dramatically as it is technologically, TRON is an original and visually stunning piece of science fiction that represents a landmark work in the history of computer animation.



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A computer programmer is trapped in the game he's creating.

Jan 15, 2002

Buena Vista Pictures

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For most people, TRON's importance is as a historical footnote. It's the Model T of our CGI age. But the film's fans are passionate ones.

April 7, 2011 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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It's a simple idea that ought to serve, but Lisberger's failures of pacing, structure, variation, and characterization ultimately make the film seem monotonous and distant.

June 4, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader | Comments (4)
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Tron is loaded with visual delights but falls way short of the mark in story and viewer involvement.

June 4, 2007 Full Review Source: Variety
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Tron never reaches a level of excitement commensurate with its effects budget.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out | Comment (1)
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A dazzling movie from Walt Disney in which computers have been used to make themselves romantic and glamorous. Here's a technological sound-and-light show that is sensational and brainy, stylish, and fun.

October 23, 2004 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Comments (7)
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Its computer sequences exist in a blue-gray scheme filled with flashing lights, speeding objects and dizzying motion. Its visual effects are wonderfully new. They are also numbing after a while.

August 30, 2004 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Dazzling but lightweight.

April 2, 2014 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
Christian Science Monitor

It may seem somewhat dated these days, but it would probably be fair to credit this Disney movie with being the forerunner of the Toy Story movies.

April 2, 2014 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

The visuals were groundbreaking and the famous light-cycle sequence is undeniably cool, but the years haven't been kind to the tech-talk script or offensive synth-mongous soundtrack.

April 2, 2014 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

Seeing it is like spending two hours in a hardware store gussied up with streamers and flashing lights. It's different, but it's not entertainment.

April 2, 2014 Full Review Source: People Magazine
People Magazine

essential 80s, and it's glorious in that respect

September 5, 2013 Full Review Source: 7M Pictures
7M Pictures

A wildly visual and imaginative science fiction adventure...

June 9, 2013 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

Story isn't the point here, nor are complex characters, potent themes or arch conversations. The film exists as spectacle in its purest form.

May 14, 2013 Full Review Source:

More important for its revolutionary visual effects than anything else, the film is both entertaining and prescient.

August 16, 2011 Full Review Source: Cinema Sight
Cinema Sight

There's an undeniable cart-before-the-horse aspect to Tron...but Lisberger's film will always stand as a touchstone in the development of CGI as a storytelling tool... [Blu-ray]

April 15, 2011 Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews
Groucho Reviews

Perhaps one of the more stunning features in motion picture history, creatively adapting mistakes and hunting invention, shaping a movie that displays such curiosity with technology and boldness with sci-fi fantasy.

March 28, 2011 Full Review Source:

...a hopelessly dated relic of the early 1980s...

December 17, 2010 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews | Comment (1)
Reel Film Reviews

Without the rosy filter of nostalgia, it's a virtually unwatchable virtual-reality saga.

December 17, 2010 Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness | Comments (4)
Lessons of Darkness

Tron is at once a supremely silly movie and a groundbreaking one. It's best seen as the maiden voyage of an expedition that has led us to wonders like Gollum from the Lord of the Rings movies and Avatar.

December 13, 2010 Full Review Source: Sarasota Herald-Tribune | Comments (3)
Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Tron didn't just come up with a new special effects, it came up with new things to use those new kinds of special effects on.

December 12, 2010 Full Review Source:

It's as if Fritz Lang had set Metropolis, his silent, science-fiction classic, in a disco.

November 11, 2010 Full Review Source: LarsenOnFilm

Not only does it introduce the humanity/technology themes that would surface in later cyberpunk fantasies, it boasts some of the most unique visuals in any film, then or now.

March 9, 2009 Full Review Source: Film4

Although Tron's state-of-the-art, computer-generated visuals look primitive by current standards, it's intelligently conceived (on a visual level, at any rate) and largely good fun.

June 4, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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Audience Reviews for TRON

A gifted but rebellious computer programmer is digitised and sent into the heart of a computer system where software is personified and exists within a landscape ruled with an iron fist by a dictator called the Master Control Program. Tron was Disney's attempt to jump on the bandwagon of cinematic science fiction made popular by Star Wars and the burgeoning interest in computers and video games. It borrows heavily from contemporary films including Flash Gordon and Star Trek as well as George Lucas' franchise but its real draw at the time was its cutting edge special effects that represented the digital landscape. As you can imagine, they have dated a lot since its release but beauty is of course in the eye of the beholder, so to some they will be old and cheesy but to others the height of retro chic. I personally have always had a soft spot for vector graphics and so quite like the look of the film still, despite the quality of the green screening which inevitably looks very shoddy by today's standards. Some of the dialogue is also very corny in the way that ageing script writers trying to be "down with the kids" always is and the action is a little pedestrian, but the premise really captures the imagination and its endearingly naive approach conjures up a lot of nostalgia in the way a lot of 80s sci-fi films do. Plus it clearly had an impact on the Wachowskis who borrowed a lot of its ideas for The Matrix.
May 1, 2014
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I gave this a re-watch the other day before watching the sequel and I have to say I don't remember it being so nonsensical when I was a kid. I guess computers were new back then and we thought that anything was possible. It's dated quite a bit but good old nostalgia makes it an interesting historical piece. I quite like the effects still but I guess it is now because they are retro. I'm rubbish with computers so I'm still very much impressed, although the story is still absolute rubbish.
December 16, 2013

Super Reviewer

I loved this movie when I was a kid in the early 1980s. Having seen it again as an adult, it's pretty stupid. But I guess it captures the wonder and imagination abounding when personal computing and video games were new. Interesting as an historical time capsule.
May 20, 2013

Super Reviewer

This is a landmark of special effects film, mixing some of the first computer animated sequences with real life action, creating one of the most unique looks a film has ever produced. Of course, especially after all the time that has passed, the plot does not have much more to offer than that and is somewhat generic. But the film itself is still entertaining enough after all these years. Some of the special effects sequences have gone down in movie history either way.
April 11, 2013

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    1. Ed Dillinger/Sark: You should have joined me! We would've made a great team!
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    1. Kevin Flynn/Clu: Games? You want games, I'll give you games.
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    1. Lora/Yori: Leave me alone, we've failed.
    2. Kevin Flynn/Clu: We're only gonna fail if we give up.
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    1. Ed Dillinger/Sark: Finish the game!
    2. Kevin Flynn/Clu: No!
    3. Ed Dillinger/Sark: Kill him!
    – Submitted by Matthew D (7 months ago)
    1. Kevin Flynn/Clu: Greetings, programs!
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    1. Crom: You think you're gonna wipe me out, don't you?
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