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Thomas & Friends: Hero of the Rails

By Angela Tiene, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 3+

Typical Thomas tale with mild peril; fun for fans.

Movie NR 2009 60 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 6+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 4+

Enjoyable with not too much scary or suspense

My 3.5 and 5.5 year olds enjoyed this movie, although the 3.5 year old was a little bored towards the end. There is a part where Thomas goes 'off the rails' and discovers Hiro in the forest - and it's definitely a part where both my kids where a bit worried. However, it was really the only scary part and the other slightly tricky issues related to conflict. But I thought the teamwork side of things was great in this movie, not to mention Thomas being kind, and all in all I would be happy for the kids to watch it without me next time, aside from that first forest scene which I would sit in on again.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
age 3+

Just as good the 328th time...

My son loves this movie, it's his first cult favorite.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (8 ):

Thomas' relationship with Hiro, the aging engine who was once a superstar, is touching, and demonstrates how younger children admire their older heroes. The movie follows the classic Thomas format: Thomas and his engine buddies have a problem to solve, and they go about it much as kids themselves would -- with a few mistakes, misunderstandings, and confrontations along the way.

The action sequences are fun to watch; when Thomas' brakes fail while he's racing Spencer, kids will be on the edge of their seats. The movie broaches subjects that will resonate with young kids: Thomas and his friends all feel intimidated by bigger, faster Spencer, but by the movie's end they realize that each of them has their own special talents. By working together to rescue Hiro, they all become heroes.

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