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The Polar Express Reviews

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Emanuel Levy
August 14, 2005
Unfortunately, Zemeckis has allowed his technical-savvy, circus-like movie to lose touch with its human charcaters, resulting in a cold and distanced animation.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Uri Lessing
July 25, 2005
How many kids do you know who would find comfort in a homeless ghost who drinks his own sock juice?
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Rory L. Aronsky
Film Threat
April 1, 2005
...the IMAX Corporation would do well to have this available every year in 3D. They have finally come upon their staple film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Ethan Alter
NYC Film Critic
March 5, 2005
The Polar Express seems overly concerned with aping real life instead of creating its own universe.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
January 29, 2005
People will be polarized by this well-oiled machine of a family holiday vehicle.
| Original Score: A-
Top Critic
Logan Hill
New York Magazine/Vulture
January 16, 2005
Strap yourself in and try not to vomit, because this is more of a theme-park event than a movie -- Pirates of the Caribbean in reverse, a wild ride stripped of its story, down to a rattling series of obvious, underwhelming effects.
Brian Rentschler
January 13, 2005
The story is quite simple, but the well-written script keeps the story moving at a decent pace.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Dan Lybarger
January 1, 2005
Despite some technical pizzazz, this flick ends up leaving viewers as cold as the North Pole itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Tony Toscano
Talking Pictures (U.S.)
December 17, 2004
A warm fuzzy for the holidays
Full Review| Original Score: A
Joe Utichi
December 12, 2004
Sure, it's overly saccharine and desperately overblown, and the film loses momentum well before the end, but it's hard not to get into the spirit and enjoy it.
| Original Score: 68/100
Top Critic
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
December 10, 2004
A failed and lifeless experiment in which everything goes wrong.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Shirley Sealy
Film Journal International
December 8, 2004
To help the viewer accept the creepily lifelike quality of the animated characters, the filmmakers fill in the background with beautifully illustrated vistas, dark and mysterious, greatly resembling the original paintings Van Allsburg did for his book.
December 7, 2004
Besides its dead-eyed cast, this 'animated' escapade is thrown off the tracks by pointless detours seemingly intended just to stretch the journey time.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Andrew Wright
The Stranger (Seattle, WA)
December 5, 2004
On Donner, on Blitzen, on Tron.
Fr. Chris Carpenter
Catholic Sun
December 5, 2004
Utterly enchanting (and 'enchanting' isn't a word I often use)
Jane Crowther
December 4, 2004
Enchanting, if disconcerting, feel-good fare loaded with predictable, wholesome messages but crammed with enough Christmas wonderment to off-set the saccharine.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Dan Jardine
Apollo Guide
December 3, 2004
Unfortunately, the journey proves far more interesting than the destination.
| Original Score: 71/100
David Cornelius
December 2, 2004
Zemeckis had a chance to do something truly wonderful. Instead, he slaps together something depressingly mediocre.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
November 23, 2004
Tem imenso potencial para se tornar um daqueles clássicos obrigatórios nas festas de fim de ano.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Luis Martinez
November 22, 2004
Maravillosas secuencias ubérrimas de color y magia.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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