Overwhelming dislike - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 23
  2. Negative: 15 out of 23
  1. Reviewed by: Loren King
    A train worth catching.
  2. The film is inoffensive, and Baldwin is fun and engaging.
  3. This land of sweetness and light may appeal to many, but to some it is going to seem like living hell.
  4. An archaic rail-ride into the heart of boredom.
  5. 50
    A welcome alternative to such hyperkinetic drivel as Pokémon.
  6. Has the look of a great fairy tale -- all that's missing is the tale.
  7. 40
    The plot keeps switching tracks.
  8. Reviewed by: Monica Eng
    Children's films can be thrilling affairs for parents and kids. Unfortunately, this film is not likely to thrill either group.
  9. 30
    Confusing to anyone who's familiar with the word "plot."
  10. 25
    An inept assembly of ill-matched plot points, meandering through a production that has attractive art direction (despite the immobile mouths).
  11. Reviewed by: Kevin Baxter
    Skip the movie and pick up the videos at Toys R Us.
  12. 20
    If you're above the target age of 5, Thomas may coax you into a naplike stupor.
  13. Reviewed by: John Hartl
    Only very small children are likely to be satisfied.
  14. Reviewed by: Tom Keogh
    Nearly incomprehensible story.
  15. Lays thick, goopy layers of uplift on what should be lighter on the heart and stomach.
  16. 20
    Mr. Baldwin's attack -- there's no better way to put it -- is unforgettable. He's the first shrunken narrator with a serial killer's swagger.
  17. 12
    Disheveled tripe pieced together with the good intentions.
  18. 0
    Even Amtrak hasn't seen a derailment this godawful in some time.
  19. An ugly and insipid film.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 26 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 18
  2. Negative: 6 out of 18
  1. Jun 11, 2011
    Thomas The Tank Engine has been known for being the most popular TV show made for children of all ages and it goes on for generations ever since, and for some reason, it was based on the Shining Time Station TV show (the only show that I've haven't watched). I have one question before I start reviewing this movie that was based on the show: Is it fair to make fun of a movie you like from your childhood? Hardly, but I've got no time to waste. Time to review.

    The story focuses on Mr. Conductor as his magic gold dust is running low. Desperate to find it in order to get back to Shining Time, he embarks on a journey to Sodor to find the magic gold dust there. Meanwhile, Thomas the tank engine tries to find off the attacks of the evil Diesel 10 before he finds the lost steam engine and destroys it. Getting all the help from his cousin, his new friend Lily, and her grandfather, Mr. Conductor helps find the engine that has been hidden for years in order to find all of the magic gold dust that has also been hidden.

    What's so bad about this movie? The storyline was inconsistent, in my opinion. It had a lot of flaws and plot holes I don't even know how many they were. The storytelling was very poor, and even the script was so bland.

    What's so good about this movie? The cinematography was creative, the acting wasn't half bad, the pacing was good, the visuals were great the music score was very good, and most of all, it had the potential of the TV show despite the fact that the critics said it got americanized.

    Thomas and the Magic Railroad isn't good nor horrible either. It's a very mediocre family movie, but at least they brought the TV show to life on screen. It's worth a watch on VHS and DVD only.

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  2. Aug 30, 2013
    This is the worst movie I've ever seen in my life! The acting sucks, the editing sucks, the direction sucks, the new characters suck, and its story and setting just flat out insult both the Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends and the Railway Series books. Full Review »
  3. Apr 20, 2013
    It's good overall, but it has many plot issues, considering the fact that the introduction to the engines is bad, leaving firs-timer Thomas and Friends watchers having to stop and watch the TV show before they can understand what's happening. 8/10 Full Review »