San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
An enchanting, beautiful and brilliantly imagined film.
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The Hollywood Reporter

A story that soars with breakneck pace but slows in all the tender moments. Visually, this train ride is both majestic and edge-of-your-seat.
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
A movie for more than one season; it will become a perennial, shared by the generations. It has a haunting, magical quality because it has imagined its world freshly and played true to it,
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New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
It's a sensation - both a milestone in computer-animation and a likely Christmas classic.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Visually, taking its cues (mostly) from Van Allsburg's Hopperesque art, The Polar Express is eye-popping. Storywise, however, it can be eyelid-drooping.
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Simple and evocative, yet teeming with intriguing visual effects.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
The screenplay, by Zemeckis and William Broyles Jr., plumps Van Allsburg's simple fable about the purity of childhood faith in what can't be seen with all sorts of wholly invented characters, complications, and declarations.
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Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Zemeckis and Hanks really seem to think they’re giving us a Christmas movie for the ages and a technology that will change cinema forever. They’re wrong on both counts. The Polar Express is merely a marvelous toy that has somehow become convinced it has a soul.
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Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
A train wreck of mind-numbing proportions.
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
The result is a failed and lifeless experiment in which everything goes wrong.
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61 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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