Parents' Guide to

Thomas and the Magic Railroad

By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

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

Movie G 2000 85 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 4+

Based on 10 parent reviews

age 5+


To be completely honest I personally don't think Thomas and the Magic Railroad is bad as people say it is. Plus I grew up with this movie. It was a big part of my children and I liked it as much as I loved the TV series, I do not care what those dumb test audiences had to sat about it, So despite it's flaws I still think the final cut for this film is good for what it is. It's not the way Britt Alcroft originaly wanted it be, but at least it still has it's good moments. And believe me I would love to see the directors cut.
age 5+

I thought it was my personal guilty pleasure. Just saying.

I do not care what the other people say about this movie. I thought, looking back at this movie, it was amazing, due to the fact that it pays homage to the "Thomas" series that I grew up with, not the cheap cash-grab CGI look of the "Thomas" series. Little kid me was like "I love this movie", and I still love it today. So yeah, you guys can rant about this movie all you want. But for me, I enjoyed it a lot, for nostalgic reasons. 5/5, is my rating.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (10 ):
Kids say (24 ):

The beloved PBS series about the little blue train and his friends moves to the big screen with a story that will please its many fans, though they might find it a little hard to follow. Even adults may scratch their heads at the plot. Series regulars Didi Conn and Russell Means appear briefly, but the filmmakers brought in some real Hollywood talent for the main characters to add star quality. Baldwin, Fonda, and Wilson all give great, sincere performances that help make the story seem real. And the producers wisely stay away from high-tech special effects, so that the trains look just as they do on television.

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