TRON: Legacy

Metascore
49

Mixed or average reviews - based on 40 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 40
  2. Negative: 5 out of 40

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  1. Reviewed by: Pete Hammond
    Dec 7, 2010
    80
    On the heels of another revelatory turn in True Grit, Bridges is sensational again, here in a groundbreaking performance.
  2. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Dec 17, 2010
    75
    An eyeball party. The score by Daft Punk, which veers from homages to Hans Zimmer's thundery work in "The Dark Knight" to a retro-'80s synth sound, surpasses magnificence.
  3. Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    Dec 17, 2010
    75
    Bridges has a fine time playing with himself, so to speak. Add Garrett Hedlund as Flynn's son Sam, the rebel who zaps himself into the server to find his lost dad, and director Joseph Kosinski has a recipe for adventure that should delight gamers. Non-techies are on their own.
  4. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Dec 15, 2010
    75
    Tron: Legacy, a sequel made 28 years after the original but with the same actor, is true to the first film: It also can't be understood, but looks great. Both films, made so many years apart, can fairly lay claim to being state of the art. This time that includes the use of 3-D.
  5. Reviewed by: Owen Gleiberman
    Dec 15, 2010
    75
    The sequel, more successfully (if less innocently), injects you into a luminous technological wonderland and asks you to be happy with the ride.
  6. Reviewed by: J.R. Jones
    Dec 16, 2010
    70
    The special effects are incredible, blah blah blah, but oddly, the most effective element here is the original movie's striking visual design-everything pitch black except for the luminescent piping on the costumes and foreground objects-which was inspired by the primitive arcade games of the early 80s.
  7. Reviewed by: J. Hoberman
    Dec 14, 2010
    70
    Given the movie's graphic pizzazz, the best hippie wisdom Bridges might offer the viewer is: Turn off your mind, relax, and float downstream.
  8. Reviewed by: Steve Persall
    Dec 17, 2010
    67
    When director Joseph Kosinski flips the switch on action, TRON: Legacy is entertaining enough. Especially in 3D IMAX, with a mega-audio system booming Deft Punk's droning Xbox-ready musical score, nearly drowning out the collisions.
  9. Reviewed by: Marc Savlov
    Dec 15, 2010
    67
    There's absolutely no shortage of stunning eye candy in this spiffy, sexy, and frequently thrilling sequel to Disney's 1982 game-changer Tron. There is, however, a certain lack of connectivity between the digitally enhanced characters onscreen and the user – excuse me, "audience" – in the flesh.
  10. Reviewed by: Liam Lacey
    Dec 17, 2010
    63
    With a curiously stubborn kind of integrity, Tron: Legacy follows what did and didn't work the first time – another weak story with sub-B-movie dialogue, partly compensated for by intensely conceived geometric design and special effects.
  11. Reviewed by: Joe Williams
    Dec 16, 2010
    63
    It's a triumph of streamlined design, but TRON: Legacy never enters the fourth dimension where it's worth a plugged nickel to humans.
  12. Reviewed by: Roger Moore
    Dec 15, 2010
    63
    Like "Avatar," "Legacy" is a film too in love with its own good looks. And like the original "TRON," the sequel's a bit of a slog.
  13. Reviewed by: James Berardinelli
    Dec 15, 2010
    63
    They had 28 years, and this is the best they could come up with?
  14. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Dec 17, 2010
    60
    Bridges is enjoyable as he gives the older Flynn a Zen hero quality, and even breaks through the effects to make his younger-Clu-self oddly engaging.
  15. Reviewed by: Joshua Rothkopf
    Dec 14, 2010
    60
    The profusion of Dudes is - pardon the apt pun - game-changing. By turns a fierce megalomaniac and a Lebowskian monk, Bridges supplies more soul than any sci-fi sequel deserves.
  16. Reviewed by: Nick de Semlyen
    Dec 8, 2010
    60
    A triumph of art direction, sound design and Gallic phat beats, but could do with a script upgrade and fun.exe patch.
  17. Reviewed by: Peter Debruge
    Dec 6, 2010
    60
    While 21st-century effects and a cutting-edge dance score make this a stunning virtual ride, the underlying concept feels as far-fetched as ever.
  18. Reviewed by: Ian Buckwalter
    Dec 17, 2010
    59
    Tron: Legacy revels in its over-the-top nature: the sharp contrast of inky blacks against vibrant neons, the bombastic clash of orchestral and synthetic elements in the soundtrack (by French electronic musicians Daft Punk), the trippy, sometimes incoherent ideas it presents.
  19. Reviewed by: Shawn Levy
    Dec 16, 2010
    58
    It's a handsome film, and Bridges is back, but little has been done to deepen the story into a saga, and the leading man, Garrett Hedlund, rivals Bit for inexpressivity.
  20. Reviewed by: Amy Biancolli
    Dec 16, 2010
    50
    This sequel is also goofy, also eye-popping - see it in Imax 3-D if you really want to fry your optic nerve - and also weakly scripted. And yet the sheer size of the thing works against it: The effects are absolutely spectacular, but they blow the goofy-cheesy quotient straight through the roof.
  21. Reviewed by: Michael O'Sullivan
    Dec 16, 2010
    50
    There are worse things than being trapped inside a computer game with Olivia Wilde. In Tron: Legacy, the loud, long and less than wholly satisfying sequel to "Tron," that's the bittersweet fate of Kevin Flynn (Jeff Bridges), the computer-nerd hero of both the 1982 sci-fi cult classic and its high-tech, 3-D update.
  22. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Dec 16, 2010
    50
    For those in the audience, it's best to just sit back, drink in its virtual dazzle and not ask questions. The story is beside the point in this sleek-looking reboot. It's all about the whiz-bang special effects and the return of Jeff Bridges - always the coolest guy in any space, cyber or otherwise.
  23. Reviewed by: Betsy Sharkey
    Dec 16, 2010
    50
    New players, a new story line, a new director and nearly three decades of improved technology including all the whiz-bang-wow the latest 3-D has to offer. Unfortunately, there's not nearly enough new life.
  24. Reviewed by: Mary Pols
    Dec 16, 2010
    50
    Tron: Legacy is not good, but it is amiable. While it seems less like a parody than the original, it is also silly in a not unpleasing way.
  25. Reviewed by: Carrie Rickey
    Dec 16, 2010
    50
    Legacy is a two-hour light show with a lot of flash, a little style, and not one byte of narrative originality.
  26. Reviewed by: Wesley Morris
    Dec 16, 2010
    50
    Tron: Legacy gives us a dud stud named Garrett Hedlund as Sam Flynn, the hero of this petrified sequel to 1982's "Tron." None of what he sees impresses. The feeling is mutual.
  27. Reviewed by: Stephanie Zacharek
    Dec 16, 2010
    50
    An ungodly mess that's great fun to look at for about 15 minutes and exhausting the rest of the time.
  28. Reviewed by: Rene Rodriguez
    Dec 16, 2010
    50
    Curiously, TRON: Legacy makes the same mistake the original did: All the best stuff comes in the first act. The rest of the movie is as exciting as an overnight round of computer coding.
  29. Reviewed by: Lawrence Toppman
    Dec 16, 2010
    50
    A movie's in trouble when neither the hero nor the villain has charisma, and Clu is a dull dog.
  30. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    Dec 15, 2010
    50
    The results impart that "trapped" feeling all too well. It's a sullen affair, dominated by a grim visual palette that intrigues for about 30 minutes.
  31. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Dec 15, 2010
    50
    TRON: Legacy may well satisfy the fanboys who have waited almost three decades for its appearance. Enjoy. Who knows, maybe one day if you wait long enough they'll make a "Super Mario Bros." sequel, too.
  32. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    Dec 6, 2010
    50
    It all ends up being a half-hour too much of a just okay thing.
  33. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    Dec 17, 2010
    42
    Ought to have been state of the art. But there's not a whole lot of artistry to be found in this movie.
  34. Reviewed by: Manohla Dargis
    Dec 16, 2010
    40
    A sequel with far less color and cinematic imagination, and many more bells and whistles, including a freakishly special-effected Mr. Bridges going mano a mano in cyberspace with the grizzled real deal. Twice as much Jeff Bridges does not necessarily mean twice as much entertainment - bummer.
  35. 40
    With a million times more computing power at its disposal than its 1982 predecessor, Tron: Legacy still looks like Disco Night at the jai alai fronton.
  36. Reviewed by: Scott Tobias
    Dec 16, 2010
    33
    Disney has once again constructed a digital environment out of cutting-edge special effects, only this time, it isn't merely silly; it's as dry and talky as a PBS panel show.
  37. Reviewed by: Dana Stevens
    Dec 16, 2010
    30
    Tron: Legacy is the kind of sensory-onslaught blockbuster that tends to put me to sleep, the way babies will nap to block out overwhelming stimuli. I confess I may have snoozed through one or two climactic battles only to be startled awake by an incoming neon Frisbee.
  38. Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    Dec 16, 2010
    30
    It's dispiriting to see how little attention the filmmakers have paid to the dramatic - read human - possibilities of the original, or how much they've been overwhelmed by technology's demands. It's as though rogue programs took over the production.
  39. Reviewed by: Andrew O'Hehir
    Dec 17, 2010
    20
    That's the culture we live in, where the once-proscribed Pleasure Principle has become iron law and where the recycled, bloated, fish-belly emptiness of something like TRON: Legacy carries boredom to extravagant new heights.
  40. Reviewed by: John DeVore
    Dec 17, 2010
    12
    Tron: Legacy will only be enjoyed by men in their thirties and early forties searching for a Proustian moment.
User Score
7.1

Generally favorable reviews- based on 764 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 26 out of 244
  1. Dec 17, 2010
    10
    An absolutely marvelous film with breathtaking visuals and beautiful art direction. So much of the spirit of the original film is in this oneAn absolutely marvelous film with breathtaking visuals and beautiful art direction. So much of the spirit of the original film is in this one with references for the fans of the first movie to smile with pride for understanding. My only complaints are: there is no Bit (loved Bit in the original) and the vintage lightcycle is a great sight and it's built up, but it gets next to no worthwhile screen time. Regardless of those complaints, it's a fantastic movie with plenty of geek fanfare and love for the fans of the original. The acting is strong, the writing sharp, and the soundtrack is undeniably awesome. I cannot recommend this film highly enough. Go see it! End of Line. Full Review »
  2. Dec 17, 2010
    5
    Weak. Weak story. Weak 3D. Light cycles were pretty cool. Olivia Wilde was hot. Fight scenes were so so. Seeing it once was quite enough. IWeak. Weak story. Weak 3D. Light cycles were pretty cool. Olivia Wilde was hot. Fight scenes were so so. Seeing it once was quite enough. I loved the original. This should have been so much more. Full Review »
  3. Dec 17, 2010
    3