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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.)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 36
  2. Negative: 4 out of 36
  1. Reviewed by: Duane Byrge
    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: Jennifer Frey
    Every detail of the beloved children's classic is meticulously reconstructed in the film, with visuals that can only be described as wondrous.
  3. 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.
  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. While the 29 pages of his (Van Allsburg's) mini-classic would have made a superb half-hour TV special, Zemeckis and writer William Broyles Jr. have created a steroidal monster with a heart about one size too small.
  6. 50
    The film's characters, computer-animated over motion-caputure footage of flesh-and-blood performers, are as blank-eyed and rubbery-looking as moving mannequins -- the stuff of nightmares, not dreams.
  7. 25
    The result is a failed and lifeless experiment in which everything goes wrong.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 62 out of 80
  2. Negative: 13 out of 80
  1. alexl.
    Dec 18, 2005
    That was cool.
  2. Mar 12, 2012
    Loved it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  3. EnaB.
    Dec 17, 2007
    Wonderful. Magical. A Holidays classic.
  4. [Anonymous]
    Feb 22, 2008
    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 21, 2014
    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. Expand
  6. Nov 13, 2013
    The Polar Express rides to victory.
    A magical, beautifully animated holiday tale of Christmas spirit. The Polar Express mystifies with its
    realism, enjoy. Expand
  7. nickb.
    Dec 24, 2005
    It made me cry cuz it didn't make any sense.

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