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The Polar Express Reviews

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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.
November 11, 2004
All the shiny images in the world can't hide the emptiness of the narrative.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
November 11, 2004
Another powerful children's story dulled into mediocrity by the worship of technology.
December 9, 2013
A train wreck of mind-numbing proportions.
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
November 10, 2004
Either the year's worst children's film or its best horror flick.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
November 9, 2004
The stilted animation can't keep up with Hanks' effervescence. ... Besides, all the vivacity in the world can't help a movie that has no story.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
November 12, 2004
Frankly put, this film does not look good. It creates a bizarre, ugly world where everything seems more than a little bit off.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
November 12, 2004
Outstanding visual effects struggle to overwhelm a flawed film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 9, 2004
Based on the children's book by Chris Van Allsburg, this computer-animated feature is a grave and disappointing failure, as much of imagination as of technology.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
November 12, 2004
Truth be told, there were a few scenes when it felt like this movie could have been more aptly described as a Halloween trick than a Christmas treat.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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-
November 12, 2004
Certain moments will amaze... but these new digital characters very often look stiff and spooky, like a wax museum dummy that you could swear just moved.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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
November 10, 2004
Watching it is sort of like being slammed over the head for 105 minutes with a mallet made of marzipan.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 10, 2004
It's too mechanical in its perfection and too driven and premeditated in its attempts to impress us to muster the warmth and good cheer for which it's also striving.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
February 9, 2006
As a complete package, Zemeckis' surreal, hallucinogenic adventure is pretty inconsequential.
November 9, 2004
Combine the dead eyes with the shiny skin and Polar Express becomes a Christmas pageant enacted by the kids from Village of the Damned after being dipped in wax.
Full Review| Original Score: 2/4
November 14, 2004
Its storybook look and early energy is enthralling, but the end message is not so much that believing keeps you young as it does guarantee membership in an important club.
Full Review| Original Score: 2.5/4
December 25, 2005
More like Night of the Living Dead.
| Original Score: C-
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