The Polar Express

audience Reviews

, 63% Audience Score
  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars
    4/10. A Christmas fever dream that struggles to expand on the source material in any meaningful way. The tone bounces erratically between bafflingly frightful and cloyingly sentimental. Writer/director Robert Zemekis chose to fill out the scant frame of the 32-page book by adding numerous action sequences that do nothing to advance the bare-bones plot, and with musical numbers that seem entirely out of place. Though Tom Hanks stands out in his myriad roles, this movie isn't concerned with the actors are characters that could have given it some heart. Instead, it seems like this movie was developed to show off state-of-the-art computer-generated graphics, which were often stunning in their beauty, but were just as often dizzying and nearly nauseating - the swooping, zooming, overly kinetic style made every frame feel like a roller-coaster ride that might derail. More tech demo than actual movie.
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    This movie was my childhood and I still love it so much!!!
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    Extremely Underrated and the best movie for me ever!
  • Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
    I liked the way this movie was played but I don't really like the way it worked. It didn't really flow too well and the animation wasn't amazing but it is exceptional.
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    Great all around film. The story is riviting with a nice array of characters, but most important, a focus on the reason for the season: faith. "He's not a believer!" Full of wonder, mystery and majesty. The scenes at the North Pole should bring back the mystery and wonder of Christmas when you were a kid. And the adventures one is set off to are marvelous. The filming again and again will bring a sense of wonder and merriment that is Christmas. If you don't love this movie, then you're the kind of person who kicks puppies and ignores old ladies who need help crossing the street. Good day, Grinch!
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    Great family fun for all. The scenery and backdrops are stunning, but the humans are a little weird looking. Not to mention we don't really know that much about their personalities. But its a classic Christmas movie for any kid, and I definitely recommend.
  • Rating: 0.5 out of 5 stars
    Creepy, very creepy. Animation is one thing, but this stop action stuff is really creepy. It is actually scary. Couldn't the producers understand that???? Yuck.
  • Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Beautifully done. Based on the children’s story about a boy boarding a magic train that is traveling to the North Pole, Tom Hanks plays 5 roles in this movie. It is a tale about believing and the Joy of Christmas
  • Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars
    I understand this may have become a bit of a Christmas classic to people who grew up with it, but it's hard to recommend... It's not that it's the creepy animation that people always cite, that aspect isn't quite as bad as it's been overblown. It's just sort of off-putting... It's a pretty unique adventure though, so it gets extra points for that.
  • Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
    Una muy bonita película navideña que es bastante entretenida, conmovedora y mágica; la recomiendo mucho.