Metascore
68

Generally favorable reviews - based on 40 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 40
  2. Negative: 0 out of 40
  1. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Dec 20, 2011
    88
    It evokes Saturday afternoon serials in an age when most of the audience will never have seen one. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed myself.
  2. Reviewed by: James Berardinelli
    Dec 19, 2011
    75
    That's what we get with The Adventures of Tintin - an unplayable video game that's fast-paced and amusing but never coming close to the best director Steven Spielberg has offered when in his "pure entertainment" mode.
  3. Reviewed by: Lou Lumenick
    Dec 19, 2011
    88
    Thankfully, Tintin is Spielberg at his most playful and unpretentious.
  4. Reviewed by: Owen Gleiberman
    Dec 10, 2011
    50
    Even a filmmaker as dazzling as Steven Spielberg has to create characters who lure us into their point of view, and the trouble with Tintin is that we're always on the outside, looking in. What all that motion can't capture is our hearts.
  5. Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    Dec 22, 2011
    88
    The movie comes at you in a whoosh, like a volcano of creative ideas in full eruption.
  6. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Dec 20, 2011
    60
    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.
  7. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    Dec 22, 2011
    75
    If, like me, you find the movie technique known as motion capture creepy, you might be put off going to see Steven Spielberg's 3-D The Adventures of Tintin.
  8. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Dec 21, 2011
    63
    Quite simply, The Adventures of Tintin is a model of modern movie craftsmanship. It's also, I'm afraid, rather dull.
  9. Reviewed by: Kenneth Turan
    Dec 20, 2011
    90
    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. More than anything, it's just a whole lot of fun.
  10. Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    Dec 22, 2011
    50
    The motion-capture animation is spectacular..Yet the action grows wearisome as it grinds on, and the film becomes a succession of dazzling set pieces devoid of simple feelings.
  11. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Dec 20, 2011
    50
    The much-publicized collaboration between producer Peter Jackson and Spielberg sets high expectations. But while the technical artistry is there, the film lacks a sense of magic, intrigue and mystery.
  12. Reviewed by: Steven Rea
    Dec 21, 2011
    75
    And if there's a problem with Tintin, it's that it's too big and booming.
  13. Reviewed by: Marc Savlov
    Dec 21, 2011
    50
    A cracking good adventure film well worthy of classic Saturday-afternoon matinee status. It's also, in myriad ways, a more youthful version of Spielberg's "Raiders of the Lost Ark."...What you don't have, however, is a great movie.
  14. 100
    Everything he did in live-action movies with rolling boulders and runaway convoys he does bigger and better - by a factor of ten - in every frame. At the end of two hours, my jaw ached from grinning.
  15. Reviewed by: Rene Rodriguez
    Dec 21, 2011
    75
    The relentless pace is a big part of the fun. Who ever heard of a slow rollercoaster, anyway? You'll have to ride this one in the theater, though. It simply won't be the same at home.
  16. Reviewed by: Manohla Dargis
    Dec 20, 2011
    50
    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 or contemplate the tension between the animated Expressionism and the photo-realist flourishes.
  17. Reviewed by: Stephanie Zacharek
    Dec 21, 2011
    75
    Everything in The Adventures of Tintin is meticulous - this is a Steven Spielberg movie, after all.
  18. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    Dec 20, 2011
    50
    I fear Spielberg and Jackson hitched their wagon to the wrong technological star here.
  19. Reviewed by: Lawrence Toppman
    Dec 19, 2011
    50
    His (Spielberg) The Adventures of Tintin jettisons character, back story, plot, depth and emotional ties to deliver 100 minutes of beautifully shot mayhem. It's handsome, hectic, heartless and hollow, a shiny Christmas box with nothing but glitter inside.
  20. Reviewed by: Andrew O'Hehir
    Dec 20, 2011
    70
    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.
  21. Reviewed by: Shawn Levy
    Dec 20, 2011
    83
    Never quite as resonant as Spielberg's earliest "Indiana Jones" films, in which, for all the clamor, it often feels like something real and vital and human is at stake. But at its best, this film is as joyful as anything in those movies, and that is something of a movie miracle.
  22. Reviewed by: Ann Hornaday
    Dec 20, 2011
    63
    Sadly, Herge isn't around to see The Adventures of Tintin, Spielberg's crisp, richly rendered animated adaptation, which could be counted as both a success and a failure. Spielberg has brought Tintin to the big screen all right, but not quite to life.
  23. Reviewed by: Dana Stevens
    Dec 22, 2011
    70
    Was The Adventures of Tintin a movie that I personally vibed with? Not really. It felt overstuffed and busy, its charm a little calculated, its outsized budget a tad too ostentatiously on display. But it's a rollicking yarn told with scads of invention and energy, not to mention a technical marvel of the first order.
  24. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    Dec 22, 2011
    70
    Motion capture, which transforms actors into cartoon characters in a vividly animated landscape, is the technique Spielberg has been waiting for - the Christmas gift, or senior-citizen birthday present that he's dreamed of since his movie childhood.
  25. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Dec 19, 2011
    70
    Busy, busy. That's The Adventures of Tintin boiled down to its essence.
  26. Reviewed by: Mike Scott
    Dec 20, 2011
    75
    Being a fan of the character is not a prerequisite for enjoying the film.
  27. Reviewed by: Keith Uhlich
    Dec 20, 2011
    80
    This lifelong Tintin fan was more than pleased, even while having to acknowledge that the movie lacks the subtle state-of-the-world commentary that Hergé often smuggled into his creation.
  28. Reviewed by: David Denby
    Dec 5, 2011
    50
    Tintin is exhausting, and, for all its wonders, it wears one out well before it's over.
  29. Reviewed by: Steve Persall
    Dec 26, 2011
    100
    In a movie year of more than two dozen animated films, this and "Rango" tower over all others. Welcome to America, Tintin. It's great getting to know you.
  30. Reviewed by: Tasha Robinson
    Dec 20, 2011
    83
    While it's essentially just another slick Spielberg action machine, it's operating effectively on all cylinders throughout.
  31. Reviewed by: Nick Pinkerton
    Dec 20, 2011
    50
    Adventures is an awesome movie mechanism, but awe comes at a cost. The Tintin character is something like a blank spot at the movie's center, most vivid (unfortunately) as a plucky, priggish motivational speaker when he coaches Haddock out of a drinking problem.
  32. Reviewed by: Amy Biancolli
    Dec 20, 2011
    100
    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.
  33. Reviewed by: Pete Hammond
    Oct 24, 2011
    90
    With the best use of motion capture yet, Spielberg has translated the story of the youthful Tintin, his spirited pooch Snowy and the eccentric Captain Haddock into a first class action adventure that serves as the perfect cross between "Pirates of the Caribbean" and Spielberg's own "Indiana Jones" series.
  34. Reviewed by: Calvin Wilson
    Dec 20, 2011
    75
    As a tale of a boy, his dog and their battles with bad guys, it's a treasure.
  35. Reviewed by: Leslie Felperin
    Oct 24, 2011
    90
    Clearly rejuvenated by his collaboration with producer Peter Jackson, and blessed with a smart script and the best craftsmanship money can buy, 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 audiencs.
  36. Reviewed by: Bill Weber
    Dec 4, 2011
    75
    Fast on its feet, using 3D and motion-capture animation to kick its comedy-adventure into a superhuman gear, Steven Spielberg's The Adventures of Tintin is a wittily kineticized adaptation of the internationally loved comic books.
  37. Reviewed by: Ian Nathan
    Oct 24, 2011
    80
    Action-packed, gorgeous, and faithfully whimsical: Hergé thought Spielberg the only director capable of filming Tintin. He was onto something.
  38. Reviewed by: Ben Sachs
    Dec 26, 2011
    50
    Feels particularly mechanical. The movie isn't a complete waste: 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.
  39. Reviewed by: Kate Taylor
    Dec 20, 2011
    50
    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.
  40. Reviewed by: Jordan Mintzer
    Oct 24, 2011
    80
    A visually dazzling adaptation of the legendary – at least outside the US – comic book series by Belgian artist Herge.
User Score
7.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 411 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 3 out of 114
  1. Dec 21, 2011
    10
    Oh get ready for a glorious adventure in the worlds most amazing places. What a great animated movie I was so thrilled by seeing it that i didn't movie a single second from my seat. Really full of jaw dropping adventure you can't wait for the sequel mind blowing movie hats off to the great director and producer (steven spielberg and peter jackson) two of them are the great story teller of our time. Full marks to TINTIN. Full Review »
  2. Feb 13, 2012
    7
    "The Adventures of Tintin" is like the animated version of Indiana Jones. Although the story is somewhat cliched in a sort of matter, it's the adventurous feeling and realistic characters that shine the movie. A good entertainment to watch with your kids. Full Review »
  3. Dec 30, 2011
    7
    If your looking for sentimentalism or deep character development this isn't quite the movie your looking for, Tintin, however, is an exhilarating thrill ride from start to finish.In this picture, Spielberg seeks mainly to entertain, not necessarily teach or challenge his viewers. This "Indiana Jones-esque" film is fast paced and filled with very witty dialogue, charming characters and a clear yet compelling story. It is visually stunning; much effort was evidently placed on the animation and detailed sound design; the editing and 'cinematography' also gave it a very cinematic look (kudos to that single shot chase scene) and John Williams gives another exceptional score. Despite these positives, the movie is quite exhausting: there was non-stop action-adventure with very little time for air. Yes, that's right, Tintin could have done very well with more development, to fully flesh out the characters and add more weight and depth to the solid story. The narration needed more patience, but, the movie was way too much fun to let this get in the way too much. Full Review »