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Based on 36 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
100
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.
100
An enchanting, beautiful and brilliantly imagined film.
88
ReelViews
Cinematic magic.
75
For most of the way, it's indeed quite a ride: a cumulatively exhilarating, visually mouth-dropping, somberly stylish odyssey crammed full of virtuoso animation sequences.
70
It's hard not to wish this film were more of a piece and less like loud music at the wrong party.
50
Variety
This visually impressive yet emotional frigid fable could perhaps more accurately be tagged "The Bipolar Express."
50
The A.V. Club
As a spectacle, The Polar Express looks remarkable. As a film, however, it's the equivalent of an elaborately wrapped Christmas present containing a nice new pair of socks.
50
Village Voice
When it comes to the "humans," the atmosphere collapses. Unnervingly smooth, mouths moving in strange, even frightening formations, the Polar people are the least convincing things on-screen, glaring impostors amid the otherwise painstakingly rendered scenery.
50
The film's characters, computer-animated over motion-caputure footage of flesh-and-blood performers, are as blank-eyed and rubbery-looking as moving mannequins -- the stuff of nightmares, not dreams.
30
A grave and disappointing failure, as much of imagination as of technology.

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