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The Polar Express Reviews

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August 21, 2017
The rest is easily summarized: the Polar Express arrives, Hero Boy and some other dead-eyed zombie children get onboard. . .we reach the real Santa, who exists, and drops a little silver bell from his sleigh, which the boy later finds.
December 12, 2016
The trailers and TV commercials for The Polar Express don't do justice to the breathtaking artistry of the film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 4, 2014
The schmaltz content gets higher and higher, as if administered through a drip feed, until by the end we are drowning in sucrose.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 9, 2013
People in Hollywood should never work with children or animals, W.C. Fields once said. Maybe that should be expanded to hyper-realistic computer-generated children and reindeer, too.
December 9, 2013
As a spectacle, The Polar Express looks remarkable. As a film, however, it's the equivalent of an elaborately wrapped Christmas present containing a nice new pair of socks.
December 9, 2013
Tom Hanks (in a number of roles) and the other actors do a nice job of voicing their parts, but the waxy animated faces they've been given are off-putting.
December 9, 2013
At some point very early in the 3-D IMAX version of The Polar Express, technology trumps banality and you helplessly surrender to the shock and awe of this big, often thunderous movie.
December 9, 2013
They say it's better to travel than to arrive and that's definitely the case with the latest CG 'toon to pull into cinemas.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
December 9, 2013
Though heartfelt, the film tries too hard to dazzle and thrill rather than echo its own message: just believe.
December 9, 2013
Director Robert Zemeckis once again harnesses a new technology to an engaging fable in this digitally animated adaptation of Chris Van Allsburg's holiday tale.
December 9, 2013
Though the emotion feels contrived, that's nothing compared to the flashy set pieces and meticulous detail, which do more to flaunt the technology than move along the story.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 9, 2013
A train wreck of mind-numbing proportions.
December 28, 2010
The best kids' holiday movie in years.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
April 19, 2009
Even when you look past the unnecessary dangers that the dehumanized child characters in "The Polar Express" experience, you're left with a hammered-home theme that says you must believe in a lie to be satisfied on a personal level.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
October 18, 2008
Polar Express combines good storytelling with spectacular visuals.
August 7, 2008
Digital data produced by adult actors wearing special suits spring to life as both adult and kid characters in this dreamy, surreal adaptation of Chris Van Allsburg's popular 29-page storybook.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
March 23, 2007
Nearly as much a movie advocating a belief in Santa Claus as a belief in the real existence of CGI animated characters, the film is at once mystifying and uninvolving.
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April 1, 2006
Cynics will sneeze in shock; children, young and old, will cuddle up and dream along.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 9, 2006
As a complete package, Zemeckis' surreal, hallucinogenic adventure is pretty inconsequential.
December 25, 2005
More like Night of the Living Dead.
| Original Score: C-
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