Tron: Legacy Is 3D Eye Candy, Nothing More

Critics: It has great special effects, weak script
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 17, 2010 9:50 AM CST

(Newser) – Disney revisits Tron, in 3D no less, but critics aren't exactly bowled over by Tron: Legacy. (Critics' rating is 49% on Rotten Tomatoes, with fans at 83%.) It's got nifty special effects, including a digitally recreated Jeff Bridges from the 1980s, but not much else, at least according to those critics:

  • Amy Biancolli, Houston Chronicle: Like the original, it's "goofy," "eye-popping," and "weakly scripted," but "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."

  • Calvin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune: "Like Daft Punk's hotly anticipated electronica soundtrack, the film sparks to life only briefly. Instead of bringing virtual reality to life, Tron delivers only virtual entertainment."
  • Kyle Smith, New York Post: He likes. "For all of its buggy storytelling, Tron: Legacy plugs into your cerebral cortex and makes it sizzle." As for the digital Bridges: He "looks like a product of Madame Tussauds CGI Museum." This tech needs a few more years.

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