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The Polar Express Reviews

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December 13, 2005
What the book does so deliriously, and what the movie only hints at, is that time-honored belief that, as a child, anything is possible and magical characters like Santa Claus and the emotions they represent will last forever.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 2, 2005
The animation looks like an oil painting come to life and the overall viewing experience is awe inspiring.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 8, 2005
...might better be called The Bipolar Express, with so much that is sweet and light on the one hand and so much that is tiring and humdrum on the other.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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
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
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
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
January 29, 2005
People will be polarized by this well-oiled machine of a family holiday vehicle.
Read More | Original Score: A-
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.
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
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
December 17, 2004
A warm fuzzy for the holidays
Full Review| Original Score: A
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
December 10, 2004
A failed and lifeless experiment in which everything goes wrong.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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
December 5, 2004
On Donner, on Blitzen, on Tron.
December 5, 2004
Utterly enchanting (and 'enchanting' isn't a word I often use)
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
December 3, 2004
Unfortunately, the journey proves far more interesting than the destination.
Read More | Original Score: 71/100
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