“Well, Tron Is A Fun Movie, But It's Fun For Reasons I Can't Explain.”
“Holds Up Pretty Well”
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.
Chris Nashawaty - Entertainment Weekly
- Entertainment Weekly
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.
Janet Maslin - New York Times
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.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
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.
Dave Kehr - Chicago Reader
Tron is loaded with visual delights but falls way short of the mark in story and viewer involvement.
More important for its revolutionary visual effects than anything else, the film is both entertaining and prescient.
Wesley Lovell - Cinema Sight
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]
Peter Canavese - Groucho Reviews
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.
Brian Orndorf - BrianOrndorf.com
- St. Louis Post-Dispatch
...a hopelessly dated relic of the early 1980s...
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
Without the rosy filter of nostalgia, it's a virtually unwatchable virtual-reality saga.
Nick Schager - Lessons of Darkness
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.
Christopher Lloyd - Sarasota Herald-Tribune
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.
Joshua Tyler - CinemaBlend.com
It's as if Fritz Lang had set Metropolis, his silent, science-fiction classic, in a disco.
Josh Larsen - LarsenOnFilm
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.
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.
- TV Guide's Movie Guide
Tron never reaches a level of excitement commensurate with its effects budget.
Geoff Andrew - Time Out
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.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
Dated effects, of course, but still nerdy fun after all these years.
Rob Thomas - Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
Philip Martin - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
One of those rare movies that manages to be silly and cool and important all at once.
M.E. Russell - Oregonian
Thomas Delapa - Boulder Weekly
Angela Baldassarre - Sympatico.ca
Nicolas Lacroix - EnPrimeur.ca
Daniel M. Kimmel - Worcester Telegram & Gazette
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
Greg Maki - Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Apesar de sua contribuicao para a evolucao dos efeitos criados em computador, o filme possui um roteiro mediocre, representando um marco tecnico, mas um fracasso artistico.
Pablo Villaca - Cinema em Cena
Grandfather of the geek cult movies.
Widgett Walls - Needcoffee.com
Anyone nostalgic for monochrome computer screens, BASIC or '80s video games should definitely check this out again.
Dan Fazio - Citysearch
Aside from CGI sequences, there's nothing compelling here.
Fred Topel - About.com
Jeffrey Westhoff - Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
It does have one or two boring stretches, but the computer world it envisions is fantastic.
Luke Y. Thompson - New Times
Visually, this film is state of the art, a la 1982, and Jeff Bridges turns in some of his better work.
Marjorie Baumgarten - Austin Chronicle
This movie is great. By the way, what kind of mushroom was that again?
Kevin Fiddler - Henderson Home News (Henderson, NV)
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
Brian J. Arthurs - Beach Reporter (Southern California)
A superb 20th Anniversary DVD proves that Tron wasn't just groundbreaking; it's also great fun.
James Rocchi - Netflix
The special effects are dated, but at the time they were awesome.
Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone - TheMovieChicks.com
Tron's images intoxicate; this computer world, depicted in the vocabulary of computer graphics that are highly contemporary, is a deserved dog-ear in the history of cinema.
Rumsey Taylor - Not Coming to a Theater Near You
A must-have DVD for us former adolescent computer nerds
Marty Mapes - Movie Habit
Tron looks almost as startling as it did when I was much shorter, largely because the designs by Moebius and Syd Mead complemented the austere style of early CGI.
Jason Anderson - eye WEEKLY
Despite my reservations about the film's story line, I'm sure I'll be watching it a few more times before either the disc or I wear out.
John J. Puccio - DVDTown.com
John J. Puccio - Movie Metropolis
while it touts its technological influence, Tron is actually more instructive a model for the special effects extravaganzas that continue to litter the multiplex.
Walter Chaw - Film Freak Central
The biggest letdown -- the MCP is a big red cylinder with a face reminiscent of the Kool-Aid Man.
Christopher Null - Filmcritic.com
There are some stolid sci-fi elements in it and some neat one-liners that'll appeal to computer users.
James O'Ehley - Sci-Fi Movie Page