TRON (1982)

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.

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A computer programmer is trapped in the game he's creating.
PG (N/A)
Action & Adventure , Science Fiction & Fantasy
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Written By:
In Theaters:
Buena Vista Pictures

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Jeff Bridges
as Kevin Flynn/Clu
Bruce Boxleitner
as Alan Bradley/Tron
David Warner
as Ed Dillinger/Sark
Cindy Morgan
as Lora/Yori
Barnard Hughes
as Dr. Walter Gibbs/Dumont
Dan Shor
as Ram
Tony Stephano
as Peter/Sark's Lieutenant
Craig Chudy
as Warrior
Vince Deadrick
as Warrior
Sam Schatz
as Expert Disc Warrior
Jackson Bostwick
as Head Guard
David Cass Sr.
as Factory Guard
Bob Neill
as Guard
Ted White
as Guard
Michael Sax
as Guard
Charles Picerni Sr.
as Tank Commander
Erik Cord
as Tank Gunner
Pierre Vuilleumier
as Tank Gunner
Eric Cord
as Tank Gunner
Loyd Catlett
as Conscript
Dave Cass
as Factory Guard
Charlie Picerni
as Tank Commander
Michael Dudikoff
as Conscript
Richard Bruce Friedman
as Video Game Player
Rick Feck
as Boys in Arcade
John Kenworthy
as Boys in Arcade
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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 6, 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 23, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

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
New York Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for TRON


The dazzling visuals may have been a unique experience when this film came out, boasting highly advanced computerized effects for the 1980s, but nothing saves the script from being a ridiculous, tiresome mess with an uninteresting shred of story that is painful to sit through.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

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
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
Christian C

Super Reviewer

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