Tron: Legacy - Daft Punk
Metascore
71

Generally favorable reviews - based on 27 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
  1. Dec 7, 2010
    80
    Encompassing the past, present, and future of sci-fi scores, Tron: Legacy feels like it grew and mutated from its origins the same way the film's world did. Without a doubt, it's a game-changer for Daft Punk.
  2. Dec 7, 2010
    70
    Although not musically revolutionary, Tron: Legacy suggests the adrenaline rush of a black panther roaming nearby in the darkness, heard but not yet seen.
  3. After listening to Legacy it seems difficult to imagine anyone else achieving what they have whilst working with Disney studios.
  4. Dec 7, 2010
    82
    The artists' masks are designed precisely to keep us guessing about what's going on in their heads, but who knew it was this?
  5. Dec 13, 2010
    70
    For all of its familiar traces, this soundtrack offers little more than 22 pleasant teasers to distract die-hards until the duo undergo a proper reboot.
  6. Dec 7, 2010
    63
    It's a hint of what may come, a bridge to something greater than this first, tentative attempt at a more ornate sound.
  7. Dec 8, 2010
    70
    As a stand-alone album, what Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter have created won't sate the disco heads screaming for more club material, however as an accomplished score it can only make a legendary film yet more cherished.
  8. Jan 11, 2011
    80
    By blending past and present (and future), Daft Punk has created an album that speaks not only to the movie it scores, but also to the evolution of music that has allowed them to create the album in the first place.
  9. 70
    The Tron: Legacy Soundtrack is quality, but it's easy to ignore, wholly capable of disappearing into the background--which is ultimately how soundtracks are supposed to be, is it not?
  10. Jan 3, 2011
    60
    Daft Punk have done their homework, and there's enough here to suggest that, with a bit of debugging, they'll have no problem hitting all the right buttons next time.
  11. Dec 7, 2010
    90
    Tron: Legacy is a remarkable reminder of how electronic music can equal the emotional nuance and resonance of any ballad, torch song or symphonic pop track.
  12. 75
    On TRON: Legacy, they lead an orchestra through incidental cues that must sound awfully dramatic inside a multiplex.
  13. 75
    In a genre all about timbre, there's no production duo that sounds as good. This system works just as well out of the club and in the concert hall with the Tron: Legacy score.
  14. Dec 14, 2010
    60
    Overall Tron: Legacy is but faint clanging, drowned out by rent-a-string-section romanticism; like sad robots banging on a sound-stage door. [Jan. 2011, p. 95]
  15. Dec 7, 2010
    80
    One of the most eagerly awaited soundtrack albums for years is a laudable success, provided you approach it in the right way. It might not give up its treasures immediately, but if you provide widescreen sound or a pair of expensive headphones, the sonic treats are considerable and mighty.
  16. On the evidence of this stunning piece of music, we'd all do well to give a bit more of ourselves over to the machine.
  17. Dec 10, 2010
    55
    While the classical arrangements mark a new style for Daft Punk, it's hardly revelatory in the sphere of movie scores at large.
  18. Dec 7, 2010
    80
    That Daft Punk achieved this career highlight with Tron Legacy is yet another example of the duo's adaptable form, and a sign that there is still uncharted territory beneath those helmets.
  19. Dec 7, 2010
    60
    Whether Daft Punk have created a worthy soundtrack is for filmgoers to decide. As for the album they've made - it's so-so mood music, full of dramatic, string-suffused sounds that are sometimes moving and sometimes just there.
  20. Dec 7, 2010
    50
    It's all too clear Disney wanted the cachet, not the daft nor the punk. Trick yourselves into thinking the robots are twisting some radical new spin on the form if you wish, but I'm logging off now.
  21. Dec 7, 2010
    70
    That Daft Punk's Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter would score Tron: Legacy seems destined.
  22. Dec 7, 2010
    75
    It all functions fine as mood music, but that interchangeability-especially combined with the incredibly brief run times of its tracks--makes for a listening experience probably best appreciated on the big screen.
  23. 88
    We'll never know what goes on behind the helmets, but who cares? The sheer audacity of this action-movie-reboot soundtrack is its own reward.
  24. Dec 7, 2010
    60
    It might all work brilliantly in the cinema, allied to Tron: Legacy's 3D visuals. If it does, it wouldn't be the first Daft Punk album to be reconsidered over time: people certainly revised their opinion of Human After All after seeing its tracks performed live.
  25. Jan 27, 2011
    60
    The fortunes of this soundtrack will ultimately rest with the success of the film but its brooding mix of old and new styles certainly wets your appetite to see it.
  26. Apr 28, 2011
    50
    The music is so devoid of anything to grab onto, listening to it is rather like plummeting at speed through the artificial landscape constructed for the film. [Mar 2011, p.48]
  27. Dec 20, 2010
    60
    For once they look to be towing the line rather than drawing it a new. [Jan 2011, p.85]
User Score
8.4

Universal acclaim- based on 113 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. Dec 8, 2010
    10
    A brilliant soundscape that blends perfectly with the movie. While their past work has always left me feeling a bit underwhelmed, they'veA brilliant soundscape that blends perfectly with the movie. While their past work has always left me feeling a bit underwhelmed, they've really shown real ability as composers with Tron: Legacy. Who knew techno and orchestral could work this well together? Full Review »
  2. Dec 6, 2011
    8
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. A great cyber soundtrack capable of becoming more than a dubstep soundtrack; it has depth and machinery through every note. Full Review »
  3. Dec 10, 2010
    5
    One word; disappointing. Daft Punk are capable of so much better, but they seem reliant on past glories as we tick over the 5th year since theOne word; disappointing. Daft Punk are capable of so much better, but they seem reliant on past glories as we tick over the 5th year since the duo have produced anything substantial. Here they channel everyone else but themselves; Wagner, Zimmer, Elfman, Gregson-Williams, Vangelis. But the imitation is weak, and ultimately getting Daft Punk on board feels entirely pointless. Full Review »