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Tron: Legacy Review Critics


Dave White Profile

The harder, better, faster, stronger sequel. Read full review


Jen Yamato Profile

Digital dazzle over substance. Read full review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

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    Mixed or average reviews
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  • 30

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    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    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.

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  • 50

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    USA Today Claudia Puig

    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.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Todd McCarthy

    It all ends up being a half-hour too much of a just okay thing.

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  • 75

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    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    The sequel, more successfully (if less innocently), injects you into a luminous technological wonderland and asks you to be happy with the ride.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 10+

Techie reboot is visually dazzling but short on story.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this highly anticipated sequel to 1982's Tron features some intense sequences that are made even more impactful because the movie was shot in 3-D. While the violence (which includes several near-death encounters) is lessened by the fact that programs shatter instead of bleed, it's still shocking to see and may frighten younger viewers. Language includes exclamations like "damn it" and "stupid," and the sexuality is mostly in the form of female-looking programs who wear second-skin uniforms and stilettos. There's also some flirting and embracing between two major characters. Programs kiss, dance, and drink, though you can't tell for sure that it's alcohol. Messages about technology and father-son relationships are central to this stylized action-adventure.

  • Families can talk about the movie's themes of technology and how it changes our lives. Do you think these ideas are more relevant today than in the '80s when the original came out? Why or why not?
  • How are Clu and Kevin's approaches to the digital world in opposition? What do they each represent?
  • What did you think of the movie's special effects? Were they impressive or distracting?
  • How does this movie compare to the original? Do you think it will have as big of a following?

The good stuff
  • message true1

    Messages: There aren't many life lessons in this movie other than that humanity's imperfection is also what makes humans special and that the "digital frontier" is inescapable and constantly changes, which is definitely applicable to our techno-obsessed world. The unconditional nature of father-son relationships is also explored via Kevin and Sam.

  • rolemodels true1

    Role models: Sam tries to save his father from the Grid, and Kevin ultimately shows his selflessness. Quorra, who's not human, values the "users" enough to willingly turn herself over to Clu.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: In the Grid, Sam (and later Kevin and Quorra) are nearly killed by Clu and his minions many times. Sam has to fight in a series of to-the-death "games" with fierce opponents who shatter like glass when they die. A few prominent characters die in the Grid. Quorra's arm shatters, and she looks like an amputee until Kevin fixes the damage. A few drops of blood in one fight scene.

  • sex false2

    Sex: In a random sweep of the grid, programs are shown cuddling, flirting, and kissing. Sam and Quorra flirt with each other and embrace. Four female-looking programs are dressed in skintight gear and stiletto heels. Some innuendo.

  • language false2

    Language: Language includes "damn it," "stupid," and "hell."

  • consumerism false2

    Consumerism: Parts of the film feel like a commercial for Ducati, the luxury Italian motorcycle. Sam and Alan drink Coors beer.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false1

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Programs "drink" at dinner and at a club, but it's within a simulated computer world. Sam and Alan have a drink together.