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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.

-Joe MorgensternFull 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.

-John AndersonFull Review

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.

-Peter TraversFull Review

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.

-Kate TaylorFull Review

The main achievement of Tintin is that at least the cartoon people and pets come across as characters and not hollow, humanoid entities.

-Peter RainerFull Review

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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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.

-Richard CorlissFull Review

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.

-Dana StevensFull Review

It's a rocket to the moon fueled by unadulterated joy and pure imagination.

-Colin CovertFull Review

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

-Tom LongFull Review

The Adventures of Tintin can be a delight to look at, even if motion capture isn't your particular cup of animation tea.

-Chris VognarFull Review

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

-Bob MondelloFull 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.

-Stephen WhittyFull Review

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

-Rene RodriguezFull Review

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

-Ty BurrFull Review

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

-Steven ReaFull Review

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

-Roger EbertFull Review

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.

-Andrew O'HehirFull Review

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

-Michael PhillipsFull Review

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.

-Claudia PuigFull Review

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.

-Amy BiancolliFull Review

Tintin is the kind of strap-in-and-hang-on adventure that will endure.

-Linda BarnardFull Review

The movement here is near-constant, and Spielberg's orchestration of action is undiminished.

-Nick PinkertonFull Review

Spielberg's first venture into animation is his most delightful dose of pure entertainment since "Raiders of the Lost Ark."

-Colin CovertFull Review

Seriously, I liked this movie better last year, when it had Drew Barrymore in it and was called "Going the Distance."

-Andrew O'HehirFull Review

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...

-Manohla DargisFull Review

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.

-Elizabeth WeitzmanFull Review

A project so idiosyncratic, so unlikely, so simultaneously innocent and sophisticated that it could only have been devised by the French.

-Andrew O'HehirFull Review

One of the year's most pleasurable, family-friendly experiences, a grand thrill ride of a treasure hunt.

-Lou LumenickFull Review

You get the feeling Steven Spielberg had a whole lot of fun making "The Adventures of Tintin."

-Soren AndersonFull Review


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