Thomas and the Magic Railroad
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The internationally popular children's television program Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends (shown in the United States as part of the PBS series Shining Time Station) makes its way onto the big screen in this feature-length adventure. On her way to see her Grandpa Burnett (Peter Fonda), young Lily (Mara Wilson) gets on the wrong train and ends up lost. Fortunately, she meets the tiny Mr. Conductor (Alec Baldwin), who shows her a magical railway where the plucky little steam engine Thomas (voice of John Bellis) pulls the line from the enchanted town of Shining Time to the island of Sodor.… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 19%

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"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."
‑ Lisa Alspector, Chicago Reader
"A really unnecessary movie, whose purpose is primarily to promote the inevitable home video."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"Will please its many fans, but plot might confuse kids."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"There's no magic here, only incompetence."
‑ Joe Mader, Palo Alto Weekly
"Kids who loved the TV series will probably love this too. Adults will likely be less enthused."
‑ Jean Lowerison, San Diego Metropolitan
"If all this sounds convoluted, well, it's a toddlers' film and anything goes."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"An inept assembly of ill-matched plot points."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"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."
‑ , Empire Magazine
"...A strange, brooding story vastly different from its TV ancestor, and it will soon slip indistinctly from the public consciousness and into video stores, which is where it belongs."
‑ John R. McEwen, Film Quips Online
"Could have been worse I suppose. At least there are no Pokemons or (shudder) grinning purple dinosaurs around."
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"It's very slow, though it does offer a respite from the overactive animation that kids are mostly subjected to."
‑ Elvis Mitchell, New York Times
"You really don't want to be railroaded into seeing it."
‑ Eleanor Ringel Gillespie, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"Please, for the love of God, don't let it be a franchise. Think of the parents."
‑ Susannah Breslin, Film Threat
"An inglorious wreck of a movie."
‑ Edward Lawrenson, Sight and Sound
"If I had been on drugs, I would have laughed hysterically at those silly trains, with only their googly eyes giving them expression."
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
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