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Tron Legacy Reviews

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Bruce Diones
New Yorker
January 10, 2011
Disney may be looking for a merchandising bonanza with this long-gestating sequel to the groundbreaking 1982 film, but someone in the corporate offices forgot to add any human interest to its action-heavy script.
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
January 3, 2011
Like the original, Tron: Legacy obsesses over technology and style but forgets important details like character and plot.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
December 17, 2010
It is genuinely exciting to see where this brave new world of CGI and 3D is leading. But on the whole, this isn't really much of a legacy -- or even as much fun as a round of Space Invaders.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
December 17, 2010
For a far more thought-provoking tale about the virtual realm, try The Social Network.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
December 17, 2010
It's a triumph of streamlined design, but TRON: Legacy never enters the fourth dimension where it's worth a plugged nickel to humans.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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December 17, 2010
Despite all the gloom and grandiosity, this can be a fun movie, particularly for those willing to sit back and let it wash over them.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.9/10
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Dana Stevens
Slate
December 17, 2010
Tron: Legacy is the kind of sensory-onslaught blockbuster that tends to put me to sleep, the way babies will nap to block out overwhelming stimuli.
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
December 17, 2010
TRON: Legacy proves once again that movies can be incubators for exciting technological and F/X advances... while leaving our need for narrative unsatisfied.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
December 17, 2010
Another weak story with sub-B-movie dialogue, partly compensated for by intensely conceived geometric design and special effects.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
December 17, 2010
Lots of sizzle, not much soul, and very little sense.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
December 17, 2010
Was it really necessary to wait 28 years for a sequel that wasn't worth attempting in the first place?
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
December 17, 2010
Director Joseph Kosinski has a recipe for adventure that should delight gamers. Non-techies are on their own.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
December 17, 2010
The only way to see "Tron: Legacy" is in IMAX 3-D, so the full visual freakiness can engulf you and be appreciated the way you used to light up at the thought of a laser show set to "Dark Side of the Moon."
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
December 17, 2010
For all of its buggy storytelling, "Tron: Legacy" plugs into your cerebral cortex and makes it sizzle.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
December 17, 2010
"Tron: Legacy" may be nice place to visit, but you wouldn't want to live there.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Glenn Kenny
MSN Movies
December 16, 2010
Aside from conceptually unimaginative, the film is also derivative... and curiously humorless
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Laremy Legel
Film.com
December 16, 2010
Tron: Legacy shows off a world where everything is eye candy, and absolutely nothing is brain candy.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
December 16, 2010
The sheer size of the thing works against it: The effects are absolutely spectacular, but they blow the goofy-cheesy quotient straight through the roof.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
December 16, 2010
There's more than a touch of Zeus in Kevin's white beard and Olympian digs, but, much like Icarus, no one in Tron: Legacy gets to soar too high.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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Tom Maurstad
Dallas Morning News
December 16, 2010
This updated story sinks under the weight of its own mystical mumbo-jumbo and pseudoscience gobbledygook.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Mary F. Pols
TIME Magazine
December 16, 2010
While it seems less like a parody than the original, it is also silly in a not unpleasing way. I generally have little use for 3-D, but the effects in this film are subtle and well-executed; as these things go, the least obnoxious ever.
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
December 16, 2010
It's dispiriting to see how little attention the filmmakers have paid to the dramatic -- read human -- possibilities of the original, or how much they've been overwhelmed by technology's demands.
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
December 16, 2010
The package is shiny and new, but the movie is a hodgepodge of ideas lifted from science-fiction classics, fast-paced action tedium and flimsy connective tissue. It's bloatware.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
December 16, 2010
Legacy is a two-hour light show with a lot of flash, a little style, and not one byte of narrative originality.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
December 16, 2010
The "legacy'' of the title appears to be that of George Lucas. Which, of course, should be the last thing an admirer of "Tron'' wants to see: Bill Gates taking over Apple.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
December 16, 2010
The special effects are incredible, blah blah blah, but oddly, the most effective element here is the original movie's striking visual design.
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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
December 16, 2010
There's such a hollowness and lack of conviction within this new film's veneer of a story that it's impossible not to find your distracted thoughts bouncing around chaotically.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
December 16, 2010
Disney has once again constructed a digital environment out of cutting-edge special effects, only this time, it isn't merely silly; it's as dry and talky as a PBS panel show.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly
December 16, 2010
Remember the last time you yelled at your computer? It does.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
December 16, 2010
New players, a new story line, a new director and nearly three decades of improved technology including all the whiz-bang-wow the latest 3-D has to offer. Unfortunately, there's not nearly enough new life.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
December 16, 2010
Like the 1982 sci-fi curiosity that spawned it, TRON: Legacy is an "almost" movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
December 16, 2010
They had 28 years, and this is the best they could come up with?
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
December 16, 2010
If you kind of, sort of liked the "Matrix" franchise but found it too fast-paced, too dense with plot and way too short on neon-lit motorbike races and homoerotic Ultimate Frisbee tournaments, then I've got a movie for you.
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
December 16, 2010
Curiously, TRON: Legacy makes the same mistake the original did: All the best stuff comes in the first act.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
December 16, 2010
It's a sullen affair, dominated by a grim visual palette that intrigues for about 30 minutes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
December 15, 2010
Both [Tron] films, made so many years apart, can fairly lay claim to being state of the art.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
December 15, 2010
There is no justifiable reason for such a lengthy running time, especially given that the original got in, did what it had to do and got out in about an hour and a half.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
December 15, 2010
As long as it's engaged in light-hurling bouts of force, or motorcycle chases through a landscape so ominously enveloping it looks like Blade Runner after gentrification, TRON: Legacy is a catchy popcorn pleasure.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
December 15, 2010
Who are we kidding? You're going for the glowing surfaces; as a Christmas bauble, Disney's $200 million production doesn't disappoint.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
December 15, 2010
Perhaps this is an old-fashioned notion, but if you're going to see a movie that admittedly features lots of digital bells and whistles as its major draw, shouldn't you still be able to tell what's going on?
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
December 14, 2010
Given the movie's graphic pizzazz, the best hippie wisdom Bridges might offer the viewer is: Turn off your mind, relax, and float downstream.
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
December 13, 2010
With a million times more computing power at its disposal than its 1982 predecessor, Tron: Legacy still looks like Disco Night at the jai alai fronton.
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Eric Kohn
indieWIRE
December 9, 2010
...a franchise built around the fetishistic obsession with cyber culture now preaches its evils.
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Tom Huddleston
Time Out
December 7, 2010
Appropriately, the sequel suffers from almost the same problems as the original: while it's visually dazzling, thematically intriguing and fronted by the single coolest man in the universe, it's also empty, derivative and rather directionless
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Todd McCarthy
Hollywood Reporter
December 3, 2010
It all ends up being a half-hour too much of a just okay thing.
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Peter Debruge
Variety
October 16, 2010
While 21st-century effects and a cutting-edge dance score make this a stunning virtual ride, the underlying concept feels as far-fetched as ever.