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With $125 million in international ticket sales already, 'The Adventures of Tintin' is well on its way toward becoming a worldwide smash for director Steven Spielberg. How American audiences will react to the European flair of film -- adapted from the famed comic strip by Belgian author Herge -- remains to be seen, though if the critical response to the North American debut of 'Tintin' at the AFI Fest is any indication, expect many houses divided.
Following the screening on Thursday night, many bloggers and film critics reacted to 'Tintin' the best way they knew how: via Twitter.
"'Tintin' is great!" wrote Movieline's Jen Yamato. "Feels so much more like 'Raiders [of the Lost Ark]' than 'Captain America' ever did."
"Snowy 4ever!!" tweeted an excited Devin Faraci from Badass Digest, referring to Tintin's trusty dog Snowy.
Thompson on Hollywood proprietor Anne Thompson agreed with both Yamato and Faraci, but noted that the film didn't hold together for its running time. "'Tintin' is great-looking fun, and Snowy is the star. Amazing camera work in the digital environment. But it runs out of narrative steam."
The sentiment was echoed by Slashfilm's Peter Sciretta, who, while enjoying 'Tintin,' noted that it "felt a bit long" for an animated film and that he didn't care enough about the star of the show, Tintin himself.
Esteemed Oscar blogger Sasha Stone was even more underwhelmed, comparing 'Tintin' to 'The Polar Express,' because of the lifeless characters created by the advanced motion-capture technology. "Cold," she wrote. "Not my cup of tea." Stone also reported that upon leaving the AFI Fest screening, she heard one fellow festival goer say, "'Tintin' would suck balls, if it had any."
No proof whether that was the curmudgeonly Jeff Wells from Hollywood Elsewhere, but the veteran writer did offer this Twitter review for Spielberg's latest: "'Tintin' is popcorn punishment. It's so marvelously well done I wanted to take cyanide. Same old young Indiana Jones rollercoaster crap."
LA Weekly film editor Karina Longworth put it a tad more succinctly: "More like Shit Tin," she wrote.
Of course, not everyone used 140 characters to offer an opinion Spielberg's action-adventure: In Contention blogger Kris Tapley wrote a full review of 'Tintin,' calling it "handily one of the year's best films."
'The Adventures of Tintin' opens in the U.S. on Dec. 21.
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