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      The Polar Express

      2004, Kids & family/Holiday, 1h 40m

      210 Reviews 100,000+ Ratings

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      Though the movie is visually stunning overall, the animation for the human characters isn't lifelike enough, and the story is padded. Read critic reviews

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      Tom Hanks and director Robert Zemeckis ("Forrest Gump"; "Cast Away") reunite for "Polar Express," an inspiring adventure based on the beloved children's book by Chris Van Allsburg. When a doubting young boy takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole, he embarks on a journey of self-discovery that shows him that the wonder of life never fades for those who believe.

      • Rating: G

      • Genre: Kids & family, Holiday, Fantasy, Animation

      • Original Language: English

      • Director: Robert Zemeckis

      • Producer: Gary Goetzman, Tom Hanks, Jack Rapke

      • Writer: Robert Zemeckis, William Broyles Jr.

      • Release Date (Theaters):  wide

      • Release Date (Streaming):

      • Box Office (Gross USA): $125.9M

      • Runtime:

      • Distributor: Warner Bros. Pictures, Castle Rock

      • Production Co: Universal CGI, Playtone Productions, ImageMovers, Warner Brothers, Castle Rock Entertainment, Golden Mean

      • Sound Mix: Surround, DTS, Dolby SRD, SDDS

      • Aspect Ratio: Scope (2.35:1)

      Cast & Crew

      Tom Hanks
      Michael Jeter
      Nona Gaye
      Peter Scolari
      Eddie Deezen
      Charles Fleischer
      Steven Tyler
      Leslie Zemeckis
      Daryl Sabara
      André Sogliuzzo
      Jimmy Bennett
      Isabella Peregrina
      Chris Coppola
      Josh Hutcherson
      Jimmy "Jax" Pinchak
      Chantel Valdivieso
      Hayden McFarland
      Robert Zemeckis
      Tom Hanks
      Jack Rapke
      Tom Hanks
      Alan Silvestri
      Rick Carter
      Don Burgess

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      • Dec 17, 2016

        Great animation, voice work, and a heartwarming story. But one needn't pay homage to the North Pole by imbuing the film with glacial pacing and completely unnecessary scenes. At times the experience was like opening presents on Christmas morning and every gift you rip open is a pair of socks.

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      • Dec 26, 2013

        Perfect for children, Robert Zemeckis really sets the stage for the motion capture animated films to follow with "The Polar Express", where Tom Hanks shines through as many of the characters in the film. Taking a young boy whose belief in Santa Claus begins to falter on an epic train adventure to the North Pole, this heartwarming film will become a staple in Christmas movies, especially for children starting to grow up and not believe. There's a strong message involving the ability to hear Santa's sleigh bells and even found myself having a conversation about it with my eight year old nephew. Repetitive in nature, the story structure of the film is largely designed to adhere to the 3D aspect and loses its luster when transferred to the small screen, which the first person camera views and long take qualities falling somewhat flat without the 3D gimmick to back it up. That being said, "The Polar Express" pushes the boundaries of animated films and tells a story worth telling which will hopefully captivate children during the holidays for decades to come.

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      • Dec 16, 2013

        Well, I just watched this finally...almost 10 years later. I liked it a lot!! I can see that is was a new frontier of film making, and it was a little rough yet. People, apparently, were not used to seeing computer image cartoons, either. But, the storyline was wonderful, sweet, heartwarming, and it really got me into the Christmas spirit this year. Nicely done!!

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      • Nov 26, 2012

        Creepy, cringe-worthy, and overall difficult to watch, this animated film delivers little to no holiday cheer and accomplishes nothing.

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