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7.2

Generally favorable reviews- based on 141 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 19 out of 141

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  1. Apr 21, 2014
    7
    The Polar Express is not Zemeckis' best film, but not his worst. The animation is quite good, and the movie is generally entertaining, but there is something about the story that doesn't quite connect with you.
  2. Mar 21, 2014
    10
    it never gets old well sometimes it does watching polar express . Its like a family tradition watching one of a classic christmas movies on Christmas eve or any day on december
  3. Dec 26, 2013
    7
    It is captivating and captures all the great feelings a Christmas movie can, but on the other hand, it is also like one roller coaster after another. The animation is odd too.
  4. Dec 20, 2013
    7
    The Polar Express has the magic to become a holiday classic but is marred by technical bugs and plot failures. While there are countless memorable moments on the train, its passengers fail to leave any impact on an emotional level. All of the children are bland and ghostlike, and only Hanks' conductor provides a spark of life into the movie. However, the spirit of Christmas in this film is nearly unrivaled in Hollywood, possessing an instantly likable sense of innocence and charm that is extremely refreshing. The atmosphere, sense of wonder, and overall theme are what powers the movie forward, propelling it above its flaws into a memorable experience for all ages. While it is not at the top of the holiday wish list, it is able to scale the mountain through its undeniable charm. In short, this is one train you should get on board.

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  5. Nov 19, 2013
    10
    How hard skin you should have to rate this movie low. Did you ever have good Christmas, poor people? This is a tale, magical and wonderful. Light Christmas tale about the spirit of celebration. Do you want to be a child for couple of hours again, want to feel this spirit of Christmas? Then try this movie, gather your family, your parents if you are young, your kids if you are old and enjoy.
  6. Nov 13, 2013
    6
    The Polar Express rides to victory.
    A magical, beautifully animated holiday tale of Christmas spirit. The Polar Express mystifies with its realism, enjoy.
  7. Jun 15, 2013
    5
    The CGI is certainly very impressive but overall The Polar Express is just rather dull. This certainly won’t join the list of Christmas movies I’ll dig out every year.
  8. Mar 27, 2013
    8
    A unique way of animating the story from the 1985 children's story, putting their own spin on some scenes.
  9. Dec 17, 2012
    7
    "The Polar Express" - Robert Zemeckis's first foray into motion-capture animated features - is a lovely and delightful holiday film, beautifully animated and packed to the seams with creativity, imagination, zaniness, and a truly wonderful music score (although the main theme is played perhaps a tad too frequently). Some of the effects come off a bit dated now, since animation has advanced so quickly since then, but it is nonethless a great movie, and an easy must-watch around every Christmas time. Expand
  10. Dec 14, 2012
    3
    The Polar Express is good in the beginning, then begins to stumble and then like the train it compleltly falls off the tracks and stays there. This seemed to be the unhappiest Christmas movie i have ever seen.
  11. Jun 4, 2012
    8
    The Polar Express at times is visually dazzling. It has a nice and sweet message and moments of awe but the film lacks an extreme amount of fun. I give this movie 78%.
  12. May 3, 2012
    8
    Let me start with a tip: Wait until Christmastime to watch this movie! The whole film is based on Christmas and the North Ple. The visuals are amazing and the characters act realistic. The story almost feels "random" at times, but has its great points. Great around Christmas, pointless before or after December!
  13. Nov 27, 2011
    10
    It is a Christmas classic that you will remember forever. The Polar Express stretches the true meaning of the season with an amazing story that you will never forget.
  14. CRL
    Aug 27, 2011
    8
    Exquisite animation brings the world of the beloved children's book to life, while a suitable script and excellent voice acting take care of the rest. Polar Express is great from beginning to end.
  15. Oct 27, 2010
    9
    The best christmas movie of the year. way to go, Robert Zemeckis. you were fantastic making this huge hit.
Metascore
61

Generally favorable reviews - based on 36 Critics

Critic 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. Reviewed by: David Rooney
    50
    This visually impressive yet emotional frigid fable could perhaps more accurately be tagged "The Bipolar Express."
  3. A grave and disappointing failure, as much of imagination as of technology.