Thomas and the Magic Railroad (2000) - Rotten Tomatoes

Thomas and the Magic Railroad (2000)



Critic Consensus: Kids these days demand cutting edge special effects or at least a clever plot with cute charectors. This movie has neither, having lost in its Americanization what the British original did so right.

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The movie chronicles the adventures of a young girl called Lily, who sets off to visit her lonely Grandpa, but finds herself on a great adventure that leads to a meeting with the world's favorite steam engine, Thomas the Tank Engine, and the magical Mr. Conductor. The trio become involved in a classic good versus evil story that takes place in Mr. Conductor's special universe. At one end is the Island of Sodor, and at the other Shining Time, nestled deep in the Indian Valley. Linking these two worlds is The Magic Railroad. This harmonious world of magic and innocence is put in danger by greed and cynicism. However, Lily and Thomas, with the help of a special dog called Mutt, a young boy named Patch, Mr. Conductor Junior and a host of other colorful characters triumph, bringing the story to its happy end.more
Rating: G
Genre: Musical & Performing Arts, Kids & Family
Directed By:
Written By: Britt Allcroft
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 31, 2000
Box Office: $2.0M
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Alec Baldwin
as Mr. Conductor
Peter Fonda
as Grandpa Burnett Ston...
Russell Means
as Billy Twofeathers
Didi Conn
as Stacy
Jared Wall
as Young Burnett
Lori Hallier
as Lily's Mother
Eddie Glen
as Thomas
Neil Crone
as Diesel 10/Splatter/G...
Kevin Frank
as Dodge/Bertie/Harold/...
Shelley Elizabeth Sk...
as Annie & Clarabel
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Critic Reviews for Thomas and the Magic Railroad

All Critics (71) | Top Critics (22)

Scenes with Peter Fonda as a melancholy grandfather -- he couldn't get a cherished engine running in time for his late wife to ride it -- periodically bring the movie screeching to a halt.

Full Review… | May 19, 2008
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

If all this sounds convoluted, well, it's a toddlers' film and anything goes.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

It's very slow, though it does offer a respite from the overactive animation that kids are mostly subjected to.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

A really unnecessary movie, whose purpose is primarily to promote the inevitable home video.

Full Review… | April 5, 2002
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

Skin-crawlingly awful.

January 1, 2000
New York Post
Top Critic

You really don't want to be railroaded into seeing it.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Thomas and the Magic Railroad


I dont like this americanisation of Thomas The Tank Engine as much as the British TV Series I loved when I was younger. I used to like this movie but now I see how adequate it really is.

Directors Cat
Directors Cat

Super Reviewer


There's nothing memorable about this. Parents, your kids are better off watching the show on PBS, reading the books, and playing with the toys involving Thomas the Tank Engine.

Movie Monster
Bentley Lyles

Super Reviewer

Thomas and the Magic Railroad is propaganda for kids, nothin more and nothing less.

Bradley Wright
Bradley Wright

Super Reviewer

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