The Polar Express 2004

The Polar Express

Critics Consensus

Though the movie is visually stunning overall, the animation for the human characters isn't lifelike enough, and the story is padded.

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63%

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Tom Hanks and director Robert Zemeckis ("Forrest Gump"; "Cast Away") reunite for "Polar Express," an inspiring adventure based on the beloved children's book by Chris Van Allsburg. 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.

Cast & Crew

Tom Hanks
Hero Boy, Father, Conductor, Hobo, Scrooge, Santa Claus
Voice
Michael Jeter
Smokey, Steamer
Voice
Nona Gaye
Hero Girl
Voice
Peter Scolari
Lonely Boy
Voice
Eddie Deezen
Know It All
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Charles Fleischer
Elf General
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Steven Tyler
Elf Lieutenant, Elf Singer
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Leslie Zemeckis
Sister Sarah, Mother
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Daryl Sabara
Hero Boy
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André Sogliuzzo
Smokey, Steamer
Voice
Tom Hanks
Producer
Alan Silvestri
Original Music
Jeremiah O'Driscoll
Film Editor
R. Orlando Duenas
Film Editor
Rick Carter
Production Designer
Don Burgess
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Critic Reviews for The Polar Express

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Audience Reviews for The Polar Express

  • Dec 17, 2016
    Great animation, voice work, and a heartwarming story. But one needn't pay homage to the North Pole by imbuing the film with glacial pacing and completely unnecessary scenes. At times the experience was like opening presents on Christmas morning and every gift you rip open is a pair of socks.
    Christian C Super Reviewer
  • Dec 26, 2013
    Perfect for children, Robert Zemeckis really sets the stage for the motion capture animated films to follow with "The Polar Express", where Tom Hanks shines through as many of the characters in the film. Taking a young boy whose belief in Santa Claus begins to falter on an epic train adventure to the North Pole, this heartwarming film will become a staple in Christmas movies, especially for children starting to grow up and not believe. There's a strong message involving the ability to hear Santa's sleigh bells and even found myself having a conversation about it with my eight year old nephew. Repetitive in nature, the story structure of the film is largely designed to adhere to the 3D aspect and loses its luster when transferred to the small screen, which the first person camera views and long take qualities falling somewhat flat without the 3D gimmick to back it up. That being said, "The Polar Express" pushes the boundaries of animated films and tells a story worth telling which will hopefully captivate children during the holidays for decades to come.
    Christopher H Super Reviewer
  • Dec 16, 2013
    Well, I just watched this finally...almost 10 years later. I liked it a lot!! I can see that is was a new frontier of film making, and it was a little rough yet. People, apparently, were not used to seeing computer image cartoons, either. But, the storyline was wonderful, sweet, heartwarming, and it really got me into the Christmas spirit this year. Nicely done!!
    Cynthia S Super Reviewer
  • Nov 26, 2012
    Creepy, cringe-worthy, and overall difficult to watch, this animated film delivers little to no holiday cheer and accomplishes nothing.
    Matthew Samuel M Super Reviewer

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