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The Adventures of Tintin

21jp-advent-thumbstandard Blockbuster filmmakers Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson team up for this 3-D motion capture adaptation of Georges Remi's classic comic strip, centered around the adventures of fearless young journalist Tintin and his trusty dog, Snowy.
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Netflix Rating: 3.8
NYT Review
Steven Spielberg’s “Adventures of Tintin" brings to computerized life a boy of pluck, ingenuity and derring-do. Read the review
Rotten Tomatoes: Fresh 75%
Critics' score: 75   Audience score: 75   Rotten Tomatoes page
Top Rotten Tomatoes Critics

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

Roger Moore, McClatchy-Tribune News Service

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

Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal

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

John Anderson, Newsday

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

Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

Herge 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

Kate Taylor, Globe and Mail

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

Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor

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. full review

Chicago Reader, Chicago Reader

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. full review

Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine

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. full review

Dana Stevens, Slate

A clamorous headache of a movie, it's hard to say who the intended audience for The Adventures of Tintin might be. full review

Tom Long, Detroit News

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

Chris Vognar, Dallas Morning News

The joy [Spielberg] brings to the film's action is contagious. full review

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

Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger

The relentless pace is a big part of the fun. Who ever heard of a slow rollercoaster, anyway? full review

Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald

Herge's was an art of subtraction - of doing more with less - but that seems to have eluded Spielberg and Jackson. full review

Ty Burr, Boston Globe

It should win over the uninitiated, and work quite well for those who have already pitched their tents in the Tintin camp. full review

Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer

"The Adventures of Tintin" is an ambitious and lively caper, miles smarter than your average 3-D family film. full review

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

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. full review

Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com

I fear Spielberg and Jackson hitched their wagon to the wrong technological star here. full review

Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune

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

Claudia Puig, USA Today
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