TRON (1982)

A computer programmer is trapped in the game he's creating.

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: July 9, 1982
DVD Release Date: January 15, 2002
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Critic Score: 70% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

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.

Chris Nashawaty
Entertainment Weekly

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.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Tron never reaches a level of excitement commensurate with its effects budget.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

While its visual effects have aged laughably poorly, the movie can be quite lovely to look at, particularly since its CGI isn't trying to represent anything more realistic than 1982-era CGI.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

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.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-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.

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David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor

Dazzling but lightweight.

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Variety Staff

Tron is loaded with visual delights but falls way short of the mark in story and viewer involvement.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

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.

Alan Jones
Radio 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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 69% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
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… More
Jens S.
This is a landmark of special effects film, mixing some of the first computer animated sequences with real life action, creating one of the most unique looks a… More
xGary Xx
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… More
Matheus Carvalho
It plays like an early 1980s EPCOT Center ride: visionary in an innocent way, charmingly retro, visually stunning in parts but also overstays its welcome and… More
Christian C
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… More
Eric Alvarez
I'm sure this movie was awesome and groundbreaking in 1982, but having seen it in 2010 right before the new one, it seems very cheesy. Who knows, in 30… More