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One of the earliest feature films to reflect the video-game craze of the 1980s, Disney's Tron stars Jeff Bridges as computer programmer Kevin Flynn, who becomes part of the very game that he's programming. Flynn's principal antagonist is his glory-grabbing boss, Ed Dillinger (David Warner), who likewise metamorphoses into a video-game character. The title character, a computer-generated superhero, is played by Bruce Boxleitner. Though antiquated by 1990s standards, Tron represented the last word in special effects back in 1982. Surprisingly, despite its long-range influence on the… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 70%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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
"Tron never reaches a level of excitement commensurate with its effects budget."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"Dazzling but lightweight."
‑ David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor
"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."
‑ , People Magazine
"Story isn't the point here, nor are complex characters, potent themes or arch conversations. The film exists as spectacle in its purest form."
‑ Rob Vaux,
"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
"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 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."
‑ Alan Jones, Radio Times
"essential 80s, and it's glorious in that respect"
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"More important for its revolutionary visual effects than anything else, the film is both entertaining and prescient."
‑ Wesley Lovell, Cinema Sight
"Tron is loaded with visual delights but falls way short of the mark in story and viewer involvement."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"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
"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."
‑ , Total Film
"A wildly visual and imaginative science fiction adventure..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"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
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