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The Adventures of Tintin Review Critics


Dave White Profile

Machines are catching up. Almost. Read full review


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Nothing past tintinnabulation. Read full review

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  • 4.0

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    Generally favorable reviews
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  • 50

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    USA Today Claudia Puig

    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.

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  • 50

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    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    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.

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  • 50

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    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    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.

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  • 80

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter

    A visually dazzling adaptation of the legendary – at least outside the US – comic book series by Belgian artist Herge.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 9+

Whirlwind animated adventure is a visual treat for tweens.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this Steven Spielberg-directed adaptation of Herge's classic Tintin comic books is sure to delight adventure-loving tweens. The action is virtually nonstop and includes swashbuckling pirate violence, explosions, kidnapping, and gun shots. Some of the scenes might be too peril-filled for younger elementary-aged viewers, but kids who like Indiana Jones-style fun will be entertained. Of more concern to some parents may be the fact that one of the main characters is perpetually drunk or looking for his next shot of whisky throughout much of the movie; others disapprove of his behavior, but it's a big part of the film. That aside, with its teen hero and a suspenseful plot full of high-seas intrigue, The Adventures of Tintin is an ideal animated adventure for middle-graders and up.

  • Families can talk about The Adventures of Tintin's action violence. Is all of it necessary to the story? Is it OK for movies aimed at kids to have violence? Parents should remember that even the most family-friendly movies can contain surprisingly scary elements.
  • How does the movie portray drinking? Are there consequences for it? Are they realistic? Is it appropriate for a character in a kids' movie to drink as often as the Captain does?
  • For those familiar with the comic books -- how does the movie compare? Are the characters depicted as you expected from following Tintin's adventures in print?

The good stuff
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    Messages: Tintin proves that one person -- a young one at that -- can make a huge difference.

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    Role models: Tintin is courageous, industrious, and incredibly smart. Though young, he lives independently, with only Snowy to keep him company. He single-handedly figures out a mystery and is intrepid about discovering the truth. And even in the face of danger, he helps others, like Captain Haddock.

What to watch for
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    Violence: Quite a bit of action violence, particularly the sequences featuring the pirates. Characters use guns, and there are also explosions, swords, razors, and fires that Tintin, Snowy, and Captain Haddock must try to evade. People are shot, chased, and threatened several times throughout the adventure. Much of the action is portrayed as humorous, especially the scenes with the bumbling inspectors. One secondary character dies by gunshot, and there's a bit of blood.

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    Sex: Not applicable

  • language false0

    Language: One "damned," plus mild exclamations and insults like "dolt," "great snakes," "blooming barnacles," and "poofed up ginger."

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    Consumerism: The movie is based on the popular Tintin comic books and has spawned many tie-ins, such as a video game and figurines.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Captain Haddock is drunk or drinking through most of the movie; his drink of choice is whisky, and he often slurs his words and acts tipsy. Other characters disapprove, and he eventually reforms. There are also drinks at a fancy reception.