The Adventures of Tintin (2011)

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Critic Consensus: 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

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Cast

Jamie Bell
as Tintin
Andy Serkis
as Captain Haddock/Sir Francis Haddock
Daniel Craig
as Rackham/Sakharine
Nick Frost
as Thomson
Simon Pegg
as Thompson
Daniel Mays
as Allan/Pirate Flunky #1
MacKenzie Crook
as Tom/Pirate Flunky #2
Gad Elmaleh
as Ben Salaad
Joe Starr
as Barnaby
Enn Reitel
as Nestor/Mr. Crabtree
Tony Curran
as Lieutenant Delcourt
Sonje Fortag
as Mrs. Finch
Phillip Rhys
as Co-Pilot/French Medic
Ron Bottitta
as Sailor/Lookout
Mark Ivanir
as Afgar Outpost Soldier/Secretary
Nathan Meister
as Market Artist
Sebastian Roche
as Pedro/1st Mate
Kim Stengel
as Bianca Castafiore
Sana Etoile
as Press Reporter
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All Critics (216) | Top Critics (44)

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.

Apr 12, 2013 | Full Review…

It's delirious stuff, often laugh-out-loud funny.

Apr 12, 2013 | Full Review…
CNN.com
Top Critic

The action grows wearisome as it grinds on, and the film becomes a succession of dazzling set pieces devoid of simple feelings.

Dec 22, 2011 | Full Review…

A frenetic bonbon with an empty center, and a movie made without any perceivable audience outside of filmmakers besotted by their own innovative processes.

Dec 22, 2011 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
Newsday
Top Critic

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.

Dec 22, 2011 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

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.

Dec 22, 2011 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Adventures of Tintin

It is a delight to see Spielberg play with the possibilities of the 3D animation - impossible camera movements, fabulous scene transitions and also an amazing long take - in this dazzling semi-noir adventure that invests more in the action than in its characters but is still a lot of fun.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

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.

Jason Robinson
Jason Robinson

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.

Jens S.
Jens S.

Super Reviewer

½

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!

Chris Weber
Chris Weber

Super Reviewer

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