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The Polar Express Reviews

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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
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.
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Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
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.
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 28, 2010
The best kids' holiday movie in years.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
October 18, 2008
Polar Express combines good storytelling with spectacular visuals.
Mark Halverson
Sacramento News & Review
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.
| Original Score: 4/5
Prairie Miller
Long Island Press
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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Ian Nathan
Empire Magazine
April 1, 2006
Cynics will sneeze in shock; children, young and old, will cuddle up and dream along.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Forrest Hartman
Reno Gazette-Journal
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
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
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
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
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-
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
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
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.
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
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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