Thomas and the Magic Railroad
Thomas and the Magic Railroad (2000)

The movie chronicles the adventures of a young girl called Lily, who sets off to visit her lonely Grandpa, but finds herself on a great adventure that leads to a meeting with the world's favorite steam engine, Thomas the Tank Engine,… More

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Rated: G
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Release Date: October 31, 2000
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Rotten Tomatoes™
Critic Score
19%
Flixster
User Score
37%



Critic Score: 19% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Kids these days demand cutting edge special effects or at least a clever plot with cute charectors. This movie has neither, having lost in its Americanization what the British original did so right.

Lisa Alspector
Chicago Reader

Scenes with Peter Fonda as a melancholy grandfather -- he couldn't get a cherished engine running in time for his late wife to ride it -- periodically bring the movie screeching to a halt.

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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail

A really unnecessary movie, whose purpose is primarily to promote the inevitable home video.

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Will please its many fans, but plot might confuse kids.

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Derek Adams
Time Out

If all this sounds convoluted, well, it's a toddlers' film and anything goes.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

An inept assembly of ill-matched plot points.

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Empire Magazine

With clunky bluescreen, spot-a-mile-off matte work and an absolute lack of synergy between real-life and animated action, it all conspires to provide an appropriately amateur sheen.

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Elvis Mitchell
New York Times

It's very slow, though it does offer a respite from the overactive animation that kids are mostly subjected to.

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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

You really don't want to be railroaded into seeing it.

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Susannah Breslin
Film Threat

Please, for the love of God, don't let it be a franchise. Think of the parents.

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Flixster Audience Score: 37% Flixster User Reviews
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[img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/user/icons/icon13.gif[/img] I dont like this americanisation of Thomas The Tank Engine as much as the British TV… More
Gavin Cresswell
Thomas The Tank Engine has been known for being the most popular TV show made for children of all ages and it goes on for generations ever since, and for some… More
Bentley Lyles
There's nothing memorable about this. Parents, your kids are better off watching the show on PBS, reading the books, and playing with the toys involving… More
Bradley Wright
Thomas and the Magic Railroad is propaganda for kids, nothin more and nothing less.