The Adventures of Tintin Reviews

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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
April 12, 2013
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.
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Tom Charity
CNN.com
April 12, 2013
It's delirious stuff, often laugh-out-loud funny.
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
December 22, 2011
The action grows wearisome as it grinds on, and the film becomes a succession of dazzling set pieces devoid of simple feelings.
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John Anderson
Newsday
December 22, 2011
A frenetic bonbon with an empty center, and a movie made without any perceivable audience outside of filmmakers besotted by their own innovative processes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
December 22, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Kate Taylor
Globe and Mail
December 22, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
December 22, 2011
The main achievement of Tintin is that at least the cartoon people and pets come across as characters and not hollow, humanoid entities.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Chicago Reader
December 22, 2011
It adequately re-creates the comics' Dickensian characterization, and every frame brims with clever details. But once the action begins, Spielberg's incessant, force-fed "fun" quickly gets exhausting.
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
December 21, 2011
Motion capture, which transforms actors into cartoon characters in a vividly animated landscape, is the technique Spielberg has been waiting for - the Christmas gift ... that he's dreamed of since his movie childhood.
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Dana Stevens
Slate
December 21, 2011
Even if this hyperactive movie isn't your cup of tea, there's much to admire on-screen, including Spielberg's astonishing attention to visual detail and John Williams' jaunty score.
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Tom Long
Detroit News
December 21, 2011
A clamorous headache of a movie, it's hard to say who the intended audience for The Adventures of Tintin might be.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
December 21, 2011
The Adventures of Tintin can be a delight to look at, even if motion capture isn't your particular cup of animation tea.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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December 21, 2011
The joy [Spielberg] brings to the film's action is contagious.
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
December 21, 2011
If I wanted to spend two hours watching a plucky kid and his feisty dog run around having adventures, I'd dig out my old "Jonny Quest" cartoons.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
December 21, 2011
The relentless pace is a big part of the fun. Who ever heard of a slow rollercoaster, anyway?
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
December 21, 2011
Hergé's was an art of subtraction - of doing more with less - but that seems to have eluded Spielberg and Jackson.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
December 21, 2011
It should win over the uninitiated, and work quite well for those who have already pitched their tents in the Tintin camp.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
December 21, 2011
"The Adventures of Tintin" is an ambitious and lively caper, miles smarter than your average 3-D family film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
December 20, 2011
Although I personally still find the rubber-faced, pseudo-human figures produced by this technique unsettling, the work done by Spielberg and Jackson's animation teams here is exquisite.
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
December 20, 2011
I fear Spielberg and Jackson hitched their wagon to the wrong technological star here.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
December 20, 2011
[Spielberg's] camera has always been effortlessly mobile, but here it swoops and soars with an unfettered freedom...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
December 20, 2011
If you were expecting a bracing, thrilling Raiders of the Lost Ark, what we get here is more like a muddled, busy Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
December 20, 2011
Instead of being transported by the splashy mayhem, the audience winds up feeling exhausted by the one-dimensional story and disengaged from the thinly drawn characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Amy Biancolli
San Francisco Chronicle
December 20, 2011
Such are the timeless joys of the books (and now the movie), this sparkling absurdity and knack for buckling swash under the worst of circumstances.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
December 20, 2011
Tintin is the kind of strap-in-and-hang-on adventure that will endure.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
December 20, 2011
The movement here is near-constant, and Spielberg's orchestration of action is undiminished.
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
December 20, 2011
Spielberg's first venture into animation is his most delightful dose of pure entertainment since "Raiders of the Lost Ark."
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
December 20, 2011
Like the screen Tintin, the movie proves less than inviting because it's been so wildly overworked: there is hardly a moment of downtime, a chance to catch your breath...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
December 20, 2011
The film is spectacularly constructed, from intimate closeups to dizzying chase scenes. But as is often the case with this format, the motion-capture animation feels weirdly lifeless.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
December 20, 2011
One of the year's most pleasurable, family-friendly experiences, a grand thrill ride of a treasure hunt.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Tasha Robinson
AV Club
December 20, 2011
While it's essentially just another slick Spielberg action machine, it's operating effectively on all cylinders throughout.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Soren Anderson
Seattle Times
December 20, 2011
You get the feeling Steven Spielberg had a whole lot of fun making "The Adventures of Tintin."
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
December 19, 2011
There's a lot going on in "The Adventures of Tintin," but precious little is really at stake.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
December 19, 2011
'The Adventures of TinTin' is a good old-fashioned adventure painted in modern colors.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.0/5
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
December 19, 2011
In some ways it recalls Spielberg's Indiana Jones adventures, though more manic, if you can imagine such a thing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
December 19, 2011
Had The Adventures of Tintin been a live motion picture rather than a motion capture-driven animated endeavor, it would have been compared to Raiders of the Lost Ark and Pirates of the Caribbean.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Glenn Kenny
MSN Movies
December 18, 2011
The film also earns points for being the least creepy motion-capture movie I've ever seen...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
December 9, 2011
I've barely even glanced at a Tintin comic, and what I saw looked more like The Adventures of Rubber Boy and Captain Boring.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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David Denby
New Yorker
December 5, 2011
Tintin is exhausting, and, for all its wonders, it wears one out well before it's over.
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Jill Lawless
Associated Press
October 20, 2011
It has a light touch, a brisk pace and considerable charm, perfect family fare for casual viewers.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Tom Huddleston
Time Out
October 17, 2011
A film which, in both its rip-roaring, globe-trotting narrative and its visceral dedication to pure white-knuckle thrills, is the true successor to his original 'Indy' trilogy.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Leslie Felperin
Variety
October 17, 2011
Spielberg has fashioned a whiz-bang thrill ride that's largely faithful to the wholesome spirit of his source but still appealing to younger, Tintin-challenged auds.
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Jordan Mintzer
Hollywood Reporter
October 16, 2011
Serving up a good ol' fashioned adventure flick that harkens back to the filmmaker's action-packed, tongue-in-cheek swashbucklers of the 1980s, Steven Spielberg's The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn is a visually dazzling adaptation.
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
February 19, 2010
Think of "The Adventures of Tintin" as a song of innocence and experience, able to combine a sweet sense of childlike wonder and pureness of heart with the most worldly and sophisticated of modern technology.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5