The conductor (Tom Hanks) of a train to the North Pole guides a boy who questions the existence of Santa Claus.
" If I were a kid, I'd have nightmares. Come to think of it, I did anyway. "
" An enchanting, beautiful and brilliantly imagined film that constitutes a technological breakthrough. "
" Visually, taking its cues (mostly) from Van Allsburg's Hopperesque art, The Polar Express is eye-popping. Storywise, however, it can be eyelid-drooping. "
" Without a trace of real live people, you get special effects that are not special, visual talking points without personality, virtual reality that is anything but real. "
" A botched technological experiment of Tron proportions, cold, remote and creepy rather than engaging, warm and jolly. "
" Simple and evocative, yet teeming with intriguing visual effects. "
" A truly satisfying holiday picture, the kind everyone can enjoy, and which may even restore a little lost childhood in many adult viewers. "
" Barrels across the trackless landscape of our affections, arriving where no one would have thought to look for a big-budget Hollywood movie: in the terrain of the heart. "
" Another powerful children's story dulled into mediocrity by the worship of technology. "
" 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. "
" Devoid of 21st-century irony, this visually stunning, action-packed yuletide treat is sweet and, yes, magical in a way that will enchant kids and give older viewers a twinge of nostalgia. "
" As a complete package, Zemeckis' surreal, hallucinogenic adventure is pretty inconsequential. "
" Not only do Van Allsburg's darkly magical illustrations come to glorious life in the film; so, too, do his familiar words. "
" Climb on and you'll experience one of the great joys of moviegoing: seeing something that's like nothing you've ever seen before. "
" Faithful to its source but stretches it to the snapping point. "
" Its heart is in the right place, and its bell should ring for many enchanted children in its audience. "
" Strap yourself in and try not to vomit, because this is more of a theme-park event than a movie -- Pirates of the Caribbean in reverse, a wild ride stripped of its story, down to a rattling series of obvious, underwhelming effects. "
" Watching the dead-eyed population of Polar Express and their supposedly 'natural' movements made me think more of Gollum in "The Lord of the Rings" than anything associated with Christmas. "
" A failed and lifeless experiment in which everything goes wrong. "
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