The Polar Express

critic Reviews

, 56% Rotten Tomatometer Score
  • Though the movie is visually stunning overall, the animation for the human characters isn't lifelike enough, and the story is padded.
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    Peter BradshawGuardian
    The schmaltz content gets higher and higher, as if administered through a drip feed, until by the end we are drowning in sucrose.
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    David GermainAssociated Press
    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.
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    Keith PhippsAV Club
    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.
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    Bruce DionesNew Yorker
    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.
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    Richard SchickelTIME Magazine
    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 GronvallChicago Reader
    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.
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    Ruhaan ShahFilm Companion
    Director Robert Zemeckis adds tenderness to this roller-coaster ride of a train, the thrill and adrenaline are constantly offset with unrestrained emotional punches.
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    Kathi MaioThe Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction
    But the technology was not quite up to the challenge of Mr. Zemeckis's vision.
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    Diego BatlleLa Nación (Argentina)
    A worthy and entertaining film. [Full Review in Spanish]
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    Miguel BlancoSensacine
    The Polar Express is reminiscent of childhood classics of yore. [Full Review in Spanish]
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