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  • Summary: When a doubting young boy takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole, he embarks on a journey of self-discovery that shows him that the wonder of life never fades for those who believe. (Warner Bros.)
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 36
  2. Negative: 4 out of 36
  1. Reviewed by: Duane Byrge
    100
    A story that soars with breakneck pace but slows in all the tender moments. Visually, this train ride is both majestic and edge-of-your-seat.
  2. A truly satisfying holiday picture, the kind everyone can enjoy.
  3. Like the coolest train set a kid ever had. It's not real and the faces on the toy people don't look human, but it has bells and whistles galore and will take you as far as your imagination allows.
  4. 67
    A genuinely handsome film, and it tells a story that is well worth knowing. It's a kind, gentle and sweet holiday confection. But my Christmas wish is that the DVD comes packaged with the book.
  5. Reviewed by: Jessica Letkemann
    63
    The Hanks overload feels like The Polar Express is "Being John Malkovich" transmuted into a computer-generated 21st-century children's Christmas film.
  6. Reviewed by: Ed Park
    50
    When it comes to the "humans," the atmosphere collapses. Unnervingly smooth, mouths moving in strange, even frightening formations, the Polar people are the least convincing things on-screen, glaring impostors amid the otherwise painstakingly rendered scenery.
  7. 25
    The result is a failed and lifeless experiment in which everything goes wrong.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 65 out of 83
  2. Negative: 13 out of 83
  1. alexl.
    Dec 18, 2005
    10
    That was cool.
  2. Mar 12, 2012
    10
    Loved it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  3. EnaB.
    Dec 17, 2007
    10
    Wonderful. Magical. A Holidays classic.
  4. [Anonymous]
    Feb 22, 2008
    8
    It is my favorite Christmas film next to National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation. This is an amazing film. Yes it does have some It is my favorite Christmas film next to National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation. This is an amazing film. Yes it does have some overreacting when it comes to the girl's love for Christmas. Yes their eyes make them look like zombies. But it was great and it is for you Expand
  5. Apr 23, 2015
    7
    the polar express is a good movie to watch on the holidays. the charters where either good ok or bad but tolerable. the ending was really goodthe polar express is a good movie to watch on the holidays. the charters where either good ok or bad but tolerable. the ending was really good I say check it out. Expand
  6. TonyB.
    Jan 1, 2006
    7
    This is a magical adventure that is the most beautiful film of its kind I've ever seen.
  7. nickb.
    Dec 24, 2005
    0
    It made me cry cuz it didn't make any sense.

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