'Tron' Critic Reviews

77%
MovieWeb:   2 reviews
70%
Rotten Tomatoes:   49 reviews
  • Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Chris Nashawaty Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    59
    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 » 4 years ago
  • Janet Maslin New York Times (Top Critic)
    40
    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.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    100
    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 » 10 years ago
  • Dave Kehr Chicago Reader (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 » 8 years ago
  • Variety (Top Critic)
    Tron is loaded with visual delights but falls way short of the mark in story and viewer involvement.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Wesley Lovell Cinema Sight
    88
    More important for its revolutionary visual effects than anything else, the film is both entertaining and prescient.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Peter Canavese Groucho Reviews
    63
    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 » 4 years ago
  • Brian Orndorf BrianOrndorf.com
    84
    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 » 4 years ago
  • St. Louis Post-Dispatch
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • David Nusair Reel Film Reviews
    50
    ...a hopelessly dated relic of the early 1980s...
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Nick Schager Lessons of Darkness
    34
    Without the rosy filter of nostalgia, it's a virtually unwatchable virtual-reality saga.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Christopher Lloyd Sarasota Herald-Tribune
    80
    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 » 4 years ago
  • Joshua Tyler CinemaBlend.com
    100
    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 » 4 years ago
  • Josh Larsen LarsenOnFilm
    88
    It's as if Fritz Lang had set Metropolis, his silent, science-fiction classic, in a disco.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Film4
    70
    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 » 6 years ago
  • TV Guide's Movie Guide
    75
    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 » 8 years ago
  • Geoff Andrew Time Out
    Tron never reaches a level of excitement commensurate with its effects budget.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Jeffrey M. Anderson Combustible Celluloid
    63
    The movie's innovative digital special effects were jaw-dropping at the time and still seem pretty cool. But somehow the plot congeals early into an old-time medieval epic and gets pretty dull.
    Full Review » 9 years ago
  • Rob Thomas Capital Times (Madison, WI)
    60
    Dated effects, of course, but still nerdy fun after all these years.
    Full Review » 9 years ago
  • Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com
    60
    Full Review » 9 years ago
  • Philip Martin Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
    60
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • M.E. Russell Oregonian
    One of those rare movies that manages to be silly and cool and important all at once.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Thomas Delapa Boulder Weekly
    40
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Angela Baldassarre Sympatico.ca
    40
    Full Review » 10 years ago
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