TRON (1982)




Critic Consensus: 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.

Movie Info

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

Rating: PG (N/A)
Genre: Action & Adventure, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: Charles S. Haas, Steven Lisberger, Charles Haas
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 15, 2002
Buena Vista Pictures


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Critic Reviews for TRON

All Critics (54) | Top Critics (6)

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.

Full Review… | April 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | June 4, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Tron is loaded with visual delights but falls way short of the mark in story and viewer involvement.

Full Review… | June 4, 2007
Top Critic

Tron never reaches a level of excitement commensurate with its effects budget.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

While its visual effects have aged laughably poorly, the movie can be quite lovely to look at, particularly since its CGI isn't trying to represent anything more realistic than 1982-era CGI.

Full Review… | May 5, 2015
Antagony & Ecstasy

Dazzling but lightweight.

Full Review… | April 2, 2014
Christian Science Monitor

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.

xGary Xx

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.

Christian C

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.

Jens S.

Super Reviewer

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