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TRON Reviews

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David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor

Dazzling but lightweight.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor

April 2, 2014
Alan Jones
Radio Times

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.

Full Review Source: Radio Times | Original Score: 3/5

April 2, 2014

Total Film

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.

Full Review Source: Total Film | Original Score: 2/5

April 2, 2014

People Magazine

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.

Full Review Source: People Magazine

April 2, 2014
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures

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

Full Review Source: 7M Pictures | Original Score: 4.5/5

September 5, 2013
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

A wildly visual and imaginative science fiction adventure...

Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed

June 9, 2013
Rob Vaux

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

Full Review Source: | Original Score: B+

May 14, 2013
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight

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

Full Review Source: Cinema Sight | Original Score: 3.5/4

August 16, 2011
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews

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]

Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 15, 2011
Chris Nashawaty
Entertainment Weekly
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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.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B-

April 7, 2011
Brian Orndorf

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.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: A-

March 28, 2011
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

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

Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews | Original Score: 2/4

December 17, 2010
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness

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

Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness | Original Score: C-

December 17, 2010
Christopher Lloyd
Sarasota Herald-Tribune

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.

Full Review Source: Sarasota Herald-Tribune | Original Score: 4/5

December 13, 2010
Joshua Tyler

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.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 5/5

December 12, 2010
Josh Larsen

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

Full Review Source: LarsenOnFilm | Original Score: 3.5/4

November 11, 2010


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.

Full Review Source: Film4

March 9, 2009
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
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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.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

June 4, 2007

TV Guide's Movie Guide

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.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 3/4

June 4, 2007
Variety Staff
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Tron is loaded with visual delights but falls way short of the mark in story and viewer involvement.

Full Review Source: Variety

June 4, 2007
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