Metascore
61

Generally favorable reviews - based on 36 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 36
  2. Negative: 4 out of 36
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  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. An enchanting, beautiful and brilliantly imagined film.
  3. 100
    A movie for more than one season; it will become a perennial, shared by the generations. It has a haunting, magical quality because it has imagined its world freshly and played true to it,
  4. Reviewed by: Jennifer Frey
    90
    Every detail of the beloved children's classic is meticulously reconstructed in the film, with visuals that can only be described as wondrous.
  5. A truly satisfying holiday picture, the kind everyone can enjoy.
  6. Reviewed by: Rory L. Aronsky
    90
    Just like “It’s A Wonderful Life” is shown on TV every year, The Polar Express should appear in IMAX theaters that traditionally.
  7. 88
    Devoid of 21st-century irony, this visually stunning, action-packed yuletide treat is sweet and, yes, magical in a way that will enchant kids and give older viewers a twinge of nostalgia.
  8. 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.
  9. So delightful it should come with a parental advisory: "Jaded adults, beware. Viewing this may pierce your shell of cynicism and spark a renewed belief in the magic of movie-making."
  10. Reviewed by: Peter Debruge
    88
    It's a good, old-fashioned North Pole adventure.
  11. It's a sensation - both a milestone in computer-animation and a likely Christmas classic.
User Score
6.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 163 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 65 out of 83
  2. Negative: 13 out of 83
  1. EnaB.
    Dec 17, 2007
    10
    Wonderful. Magical. A Holidays classic.
  2. ChadO
    Jun 28, 2008
    10
    This movie is simply incredible. I loved everything about it, the characters, the storyline, the music. The thing I loved most of all was the This movie is simply incredible. I loved everything about it, the characters, the storyline, the music. The thing I loved most of all was the incredible visuals. I would definently recommend this movie to anyone who has not seen it. Full Review »
  3. 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. Full Review »