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The Adventures of Tintin (2011)



Average Rating: 7/10
Reviews Counted: 203
Fresh: 152 | Rotten: 51

Drawing deep from the classic Raiders of the Lost Ark playbook, Steven Spielberg has crafted another spirited, thrilling adventure in the form of Tintin.


Average Rating: 6.8/10
Critic Reviews: 43
Fresh: 30 | Rotten: 13

Drawing deep from the classic Raiders of the Lost Ark playbook, Steven Spielberg has crafted another spirited, thrilling adventure in the form of Tintin.



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Paramount Pictures and Columbia Pictures Present a 3D Motion Capture Film The Adventures of Tintin directed by Steven Spielberg from a screenplay by Steven Moffat and Edgar Wright & Joe Cornish. Starring Jamie Bell as Tintin, the intrepid young reporter whose relentless pursuit of a good story thrusts him into a world of high adventure, and Daniel Craig as the nefarious Red Rackham. -- (C) Official Site

Mar 13, 2012


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There are so many variables moving so fast that it's a wonder Spielberg didn't have someone onboard from Princeton's department of Higher Math to help keep track. But his crack team here is enough.

April 12, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Magazine
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It's delirious stuff, often laugh-out-loud funny.

April 12, 2013 Full Review Source:
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The action grows wearisome as it grinds on, and the film becomes a succession of dazzling set pieces devoid of simple feelings.

December 22, 2011 Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal | Comments (47)
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A frenetic bonbon with an empty center, and a movie made without any perceivable audience outside of filmmakers besotted by their own innovative processes.

December 22, 2011 Full Review Source: Newsday | Comments (16)
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The Adventures of Tintin comes at you in a whoosh, like a volcano full of creative ideas in full eruption... It hits home for the kid in all of us who wants to bust out and run free.

December 22, 2011 Full Review Source: Rolling Stone | Comments (6)
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Hergé was the pioneer of an even-handed style of cartooning with solid lines and no shading that became known as ligne claire, but there is a decided lack of clear lines in this erratic movie adaptation of his work.

December 22, 2011 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Comment (1)
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Visually triumphant and chock-full of classic Spielberg-isms -- both good and bad.

September 25, 2013 Full Review Source:

Spielberg has made his first foray into computer-generated 3D animation. He proves a natural with the form, his (virtual) camerawork dizzying but fluid, and never confusing.

April 12, 2013 Full Review Source: National Post
National Post

The movie is fun and colorful, but it doesn't have that creative explosion needed to bring Tintin to life.

April 12, 2013 Full Review Source: Fresno Bee
Fresno Bee

By no means a masterpiece, the full-length computer-generated animated film nevertheless has freed Spielberg from the shackles of conventional filmmaking and physical limitations.

April 12, 2013 Full Review Source: Toledo Blade
Toledo Blade

Arguably Spielberg's most out-and-out fun movie since Jurassic Park.

September 28, 2012 Full Review Source:

It has been said that Hergé believed that Spielberg was the only one who would be able to do justice to his work, and after having spent over 25 years trying to get the film made, Spielberg has finally delivered a result that is quite extraordinary.

September 18, 2012 Full Review Source:

It isn't that The Adventures of Tintin is bad, but outside of the visuals, this film breaks no new ground for Spielberg.

September 15, 2012 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
We Got This Covered

If the only flaw in a film is that it's so entertaining that it liquefies your brain, we should all be thankful.

August 22, 2012 Full Review Source: CraveOnline

Tin Tin is a visual feast; a wondrous exploration of the boundaries of computer animation and performance capture.

May 8, 2012 Full Review Source: 2UE That Movie Show
2UE That Movie Show

This "Raiders of the Lost Ark's Greatest Hits" is a delight to look at, even if motion capture isn't your particular cup of animation tea.

March 23, 2012 Full Review Source: McClatchy-Tribune News Service | Comment (1)
McClatchy-Tribune News Service

You don't need to be a fan of - or indeed have more than a passing acquaintance with - the original Tintin comics to enjoy this film.

March 22, 2012 Full Review Source: Film4 | Comment (1)

A very entertaining, energetic film, highlighted by gravity-defying action set pieces. However, Tintin is also a bit emotionless, lacking character development.

March 11, 2012 Full Review Source: IGN DVD

If the movie reminds you of an animated Indiana Jones adventure, don't be surprised.

March 6, 2012 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

Tintin's fantastic, charmingly naive little world is not well served by the epic quasi-realism of high-tech computer animation.

February 22, 2012 Full Review Source: Decent Films Guide | Comment (1)
Decent Films Guide

The best animated film of 2011.

February 2, 2012 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

...more a virtual thrill ride than an old-fashioned action adventure. But while some of us will find the movie's frenetic pace exhausting, it seems that Spielberg is having fun.

January 18, 2012 Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Finalmente temos de volta o Spielberg que tanta falta fez nos últimos anos, quando comandou mediocridades aborrecidas como O Terminal, Indiana Jones e o Reino da Caveira de Cristal e Cavalo de Guerra.

January 17, 2012 Full Review Source: Cinema em Cena
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With gorgeous animation and action typical of its director, Steven Spielberg brings a comic strip to the big screen - in 3-D, no less. 'Tintin' has a lot in common with 'Raiders of the Lost Ark' and other fanciful Spielbergian adventures.

January 16, 2012 Full Review Source: KWQC-TV (Iowa)
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Audience Reviews for The Adventures of Tintin

I don't think I've ever seen a movie that challenged my eye and my brain to keep up with the action going on the screen. Enjoyable enough for adults, and I'm sure it's a good time for ages 10 and under. Just a bit... much ... for me.

Good movie though. Kinda wish I had seen it in all of its 3D glory in theaters.
August 27, 2012

Super Reviewer

Let me start out by saying: I am only marginally familiar with the comic books, so I had no expectations from that side. I am sure there are many nods to the source material here in the film I may not have noticed, but you can tell that there was a lot of detail and love put into this movie. Much more than the trailers made you hope for. Which leads us to the technical aspects: The graphics are gorgeous. Landscapes, textures, faces, eyes never looked better. Yes, you're still watching an animated film and you're aware of it most of the time, but the characters' expressions are real enough to make you care for them. Especially Captain Haddock is both fantastic looking, fun and lovable. While the story starts out slowly and rather humble, things get more adventurous by the minute. There are several scenes where you expect John Williams to burst into the Raider's march and it would fit so well. So it's true, this film does many things right that Indiana Jones 4 did not: it feels like a wonderfully old-fashioned adventure film with great action sequences, exotic locations, treasure hunts and has its heart at the right spot. Especially the escape from the sultan's palace is one of the most spectacular and fun action sequences of recent years. Here Spielberg makes perfect use of the technical possibilities of both a computer generated environment and 3D to create an uncut race that's absolutely mind-blowing. And while he's at it he also creates a breath taking sea battle the last two Pirates of the Caribbean films wished they had. Once the film's over, which happens way too fast, you can't wait to see more adventures of these characters. No one with a soft spot for adventure films should think they can afford to miss this.
August 25, 2012

Super Reviewer

Not being familiar with the source material, I'm not able to rate this as an adaptation, but, as a stand alone action adventure spectacle, I'm happy to say that this is a very well done and entertaining action packed thrill ride, along the lines of say vintage Indiana Jones and the classic adventure films of days gone by.

Even though I like the fourth Indiana Jones film, this is probably what a lot of people were hoping it would be like, and disappointed that it wasn't. There are a few moments of rest, but for the most part it's all GO GO GO and hardly ever slows down. There's still time for development of course, but the film is all about filling this film to the max with fun and excitement.

The stroy follows young adventurous journalist Tin Tin and his faithful dog Snowy as the get swept up into a mystery involving modle ships and the legend (and curse) of bureid treasure and high seas intrigue. There's all sorts of globe trotting, exotic locations, and many many awesome action set pieces. That this is an animated film lets them really get stylized and take the edge off believability, which is cool, too. Although, to be fair, it doesn't get THAT unrealistic. There's nothing supernatural, just extraordinary. For an animated film, this also has some of the best conematography and camera work I've seen in a while.

The voice cast is top notch, with Jamie Bell in the lead, Daniel Craig as the antagonist, and Andy Serkis as the key player to the mystery. Nick Frost and SImon Pegg also appear, and while they do provide some fun comedic relief, I really didn't think that they (or their purpose) were all that necessary. I'm fine with humor, but they kinda over did it to a degree.

WIlliams once again delivers brilliance in the music department, and the opening credits just sizzle. Considering that this is directed by Spielberg, but also had involvement from Edgar Wright, Joe Cornish, and Peter Jackson, this could have easily failed due to too many cooks in the kitchen. Luckily, this pays off, and we get one of the most entertainign and enjoyable action romps as of the past couple of years.

Definitely give this a watch. It rocks!
August 4, 2012
Chris Weber

Super Reviewer

Beautifully made, very very good motion capture (most certainly improved from The Polar Express) and I fell fully and completely into the story and the world. It was fun, exciting and mysterious. I haven't read the originals however so I can't comment on the adaptation, but however tight or loose it is, Spielberg, Jackson and co have opened up the world of Tintin to a whole new generation. Can't wait to see more of this.
June 20, 2012

Super Reviewer

    1. Tintin: Well this is a fine mess.
    – Submitted by Evan A (14 months ago)
    1. Captain Haddock: Thundering typhoons!
    – Submitted by Mike R (16 months ago)
    1. Captain Haddock: Nobody takes my ship!
    – Submitted by Mike R (16 months ago)
    1. Tintin: It's over.
    2. Captain Haddock: I thought you were an optimist.
    3. Tintin: Well, you were wrong, weren't you? I'm a realist.
    4. Captain Haddock: That's just another name for a quitter.
    5. Tintin: You can call me what you like. Don't you get it? We failed.
    6. Captain Haddock: 'Failed', there are plenty of others willing to call you a failure. A fool. A loser. A hopeless souse! Don't you ever say it of yourself. You send the wrong signal, that is what people pick up. Do you understand? You care about something, you fight for it. You hit a wall, you push through it. There's something you need to know about failure, Tintin. You can never let it defeat you.
    – Submitted by Joe H (17 months ago)
    1. Tintin: Well.. this is a fine mess.
    – Submitted by Shandelle K (17 months ago)
    1. Silk: I'm not a bad person...
    – Submitted by Genevieve R (18 months ago)
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  • Die Abenteuer von Tim und Struppi - Das Geheimnis der Einhorn (DE)
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