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TRON

TRON (1982)

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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.

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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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One of the earliest feature films to reflect the video-game craze of the 1980s, Disney's Tron stars Jeff Bridges as computer programmer Kevin Flynn, who becomes part of the very game that he's programming. Flynn's principal antagonist is his glory-grabbing boss, Ed Dillinger (David Warner), who likewise metamorphoses into a video-game character. The title character, a computer-generated superhero, is played by Bruce Boxleitner. Though antiquated by 1990s standards, Tron represented the last word

Jan 15, 2002

Buena Vista Pictures

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All Critics (53) | Top Critics (6) | Fresh (37) | Rotten (16) | DVD (40)

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: Mania.com
Mania.com

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: BrianOrndorf.com
BrianOrndorf.com

...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: CinemaBlend.com
CinemaBlend.com

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

November 11, 2010 Full Review Source: LarsenOnFilm
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
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
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Audience Reviews for TRON

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
SirPant

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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
ironclad1609

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It plays like an early 1980s EPCOT Center ride: visionary in an innocent way, charmingly retro, visually stunning in parts but also overstays its welcome and becomes an unexciting bore.
October 23, 2011
Matheus Carvalho

Super Reviewer

I'm sure this movie was awesome and groundbreaking in 1982, but having seen it in 2010 right before the new one, it seems very cheesy. Who knows, in 30 years the new Tron might look cheesy? All in all though, good idea for a movie and some descent acting.
September 18, 2011
Eric Alvarez

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