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The Polar Express
Academy Award® Nominee
Tom Hanks and director Robert Zemeckis (Forrest Gump, Cast Away) reunite for an inspiring adventure based on the beloved children's book by Chris Van Allsburg. When a doubting young boy takes an...  View more >

Starring Tom Hanks, Nona Gaye, Peter Scolari...  View more >

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Please Note: Reader Reviews are submitted by the readers of The BigScreen Cinema Guide and represent their own personal opinions regarding this movie, and do not represent the views of The BigScreen Cinema Guide, or any of its associated entities.

Nov 12, 2004
I am a reading specialist and a big fan of Chris Van Allsberg, so I was curious as to how this heart-warming Christmas tale would resonate on the silver screen. The movie was exciting and the artwork of the animation did justice to the artistic and literary talents of Van Allsberg. This is a holiday must for mom, dad and the kids.

Be sure to check the book out at your local library and recreate the magic with the kids at home in form of a snuggly bedtime story. Better yet, someone tell St. Nick to consider a copy of Polar Express (the book) for every child's stocking!
Nov 13, 2004
Nov 14, 2004
Do you believe? This is one of the best animated Christmas stories I have seen. It is great for the whole family.
Dec 8, 2004
"The Polar Express" is one of the best films ever made about Christmas. The computer animated film tells the story of a young boy who journey to the North Pole with the help of the conductor, with the voice of Tom Hanks.

The animation is beautiful from the emotions of the children to drifting of the snow. Adults shouldn't ber scared off by the G rating. The film's entertaining for the adults as well as kids. It is a beautiful film to be cherish. I love this film and I hope you'll love this movie just as much as I have.
Dec 10, 2004
I thought this movie was very good.
The graphics are great. They make you feel your on a roller coaster ride.

The tone of the movie is not as light hearted as most Christmas movies.
Dec 21, 2004
This movie was an assault on reason. The viewer is supposed to acknowledge that observation and logic (i.e. science) aren't the only means to knowledge. Sometimes you just have to have faith, then something becomes. So if some young, intelligent and curious child goes to see this movie, they'll get one more message from our culture that their mind is useless. I can almost see the curiosity and excitement about the world dissolving.

My sympathies to any child whose parent(s) want them to learn this lesson.
Dec 30, 2004
Dec 31, 2004
This was an excellent movie! I felt like a kid again watching it with my children! I loved that it could make you believe again ;-) Excellent effects, great story! I recommend it to everyone! It will be an awesome addition to our video collection!

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