Thor Reviews

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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
April 12, 2013
Let's hope Branagh was well-compensated, at least. To quote his favorite author: No profit grows where is no pleasure taken.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Tom Charity
CNN.com
April 12, 2013
Thor is on much safer ground here on Earth. The tone is immediately different: more relaxed; comic, not cosmic.
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
May 16, 2011
There is pleasure to be plundered from some of the battle scenes, especially when Thor is confronting ice monsters with blood-red eyes, and from the culture clash that resounds when he descends to present-day Earth...
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
May 12, 2011
The story might perhaps be adequate for an animated film for children, with Thor, Odin and the others played by piglets. In the arena of movies about comic book superheroes, it is a desolate vastation.
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
May 9, 2011
A giant notch up is Hiddleston, who'd make a good Edmund in King Lear: You register the chip on his shoulder rather than the villainy.
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
May 6, 2011
This is eminently missable, though the mosaic design of Asgard, Thor's mythical realm, is pretty cool.
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
May 6, 2011
I approached this new lollapalooza with an open mind that was quickly addled by loads of back story and front story and an ear-splitting avalanche of special effects.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
May 6, 2011
Nothing against the buff, blond God of Thunder, but Thor just doesn't have a built-in wow factor among the nongeek brigade.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
May 6, 2011
[Kenneth Branagh's] Shakespearean chops add texture in scenes that require the care and feeding of literature's grander themes: pride, paternity and honor.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
May 6, 2011
Essentially, when the movie comes down to Earth it's pretty good. But when it spends time across the universe -- and it spends a lot of time across the universe -- it's pure geek fare. Which may thrill geeks but leave others yawning.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Christopher Orr
The Atlantic
May 6, 2011
For those with a taste for the genre, Thor is a worthy addition to the pantheon.
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
May 6, 2011
The visuals are breathtaking without it, all swirling cosmic nebulae and mythic cityscapes of the Norse-god capital Asgard.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Dana Stevens
Slate
May 6, 2011
Thor seems to have little more on its mind than winning the first weekend and making its money back overseas, which it probably, predictably, will.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
May 6, 2011
Branagh's Thoris big enough and bold enough to fit under the Marvel umbrella but infused with sufficient uniqueness to make it work for those weary of generic superhero stories.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Laremy Legel
Film.com
May 6, 2011
Many things within Thor must be accepted at face value, but these very things are what make the whole enterprise feel inconsequential.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
May 6, 2011
It's as if Branagh, fearful that his artsy reputation precedes him, has gone to the opposite extreme and low-balled the material.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 6, 2011
Hemsworth, an Aussie actor with a vocal command to match his heaving brawn, doesn't just play the role, he owns it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
May 6, 2011
The effects are effective. The humor is humorous and just self-referential enough to let you know the film doesn't take itself too seriously.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
May 6, 2011
The ripping outer-space fights are the main attraction, and they're mostly entertaining, though not in a way that will make you feel good about yourself.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
May 5, 2011
If this is a harbinger of the season to come, may heaven and its suburbs help us.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
May 5, 2011
Though it may not leave a lasting impression once the lights go up, Thor is lighthearted and thunderously good fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
May 5, 2011
"Thor" is the most entertaining superhero debut since the original Spiderman.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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David Hiltbrand
Philadelphia Inquirer
May 5, 2011
All the requisite ingredients are wedged in: romance, redemption, a giant invincible robot. But it seems no one was paying attention to overall quality control.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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May 5, 2011
In the Marvel Comics firmament, Thor qualifies a second-tier superhero, and despite its classier-than-usual director, his film's kind of second-tier too, with lavish effects and big digital battles that register as pretty routine even in 3-D.
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
May 5, 2011
The last 25 minutes of "Thor" aren't much better than the first. But that hour in between - tasty, funny, robustly acted - more than compensates.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
May 5, 2011
It's a film with its own identity, the simple, thrilling story of a handsome god who falls to Earth and reminds everyone what heroes do.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
May 5, 2011
"Thor" bridges the gap between high culture and low, between fanboys and mass moviegoers.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
May 5, 2011
"Thor" has its strengths, but it is finally something of a mishmash with designs on being more interesting than it manages to be.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
May 5, 2011
With its references to other properties in the Marvel universe and to classic tales of redemption, this no-surprises summer movie might appeal to those who've been bitten by radioactive spiders or the Shakespeare bug.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
May 5, 2011
Not quite good enough to be thrilling, but never bad enough to be silly (except when it means to be), the Marvel comic Thor lumbers agreeably onto the screen to kick off the summer movie season.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
May 5, 2011
A howling turkey is at least something to laugh at, and maybe even something to see. But "Thor" is an example of the programmed triumph of commercial calculation over imagination.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
May 5, 2011
"Thor'' shows the Marvel movie formula - amp up the laughs, deploy stars smartly, protect the franchise at all costs - at its most obvious and efficient. It gives mediocre a good name.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
May 5, 2011
All in all, it's a good official start to the summer season - and for a movie superhero counting down the days until he joins the all-star "The Avengers."
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
May 5, 2011
At its best moments, Thor weaves a spot of magic from the complex science of $150-million fantasy-film technology.
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
May 5, 2011
Branagh's completely at home in this kind of inflated family drama, of course, and the three guys yell, sulk and brood in their ridiculous costumes to fine effect.
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
May 5, 2011
What really seals the deal is Hemsworth's undeniable charisma, making us ignore the patchiness of the scene changes and the occasional dialogue howler.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
May 5, 2011
No matter how the filmmakers move Heaven and Earth, this comic-book adaptation looks cool but contains very little thunder.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Glenn Kenny
MSN Movies
May 4, 2011
[It's] confusing because it's been getting reasonably favorable word of mouth despite the fact that it's as thoroughly a mediocre superhero movie as you'd care to imagine.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
May 4, 2011
The summer movie season officially kicks off with a thunderstorm of the best kind.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
May 4, 2011
Pulls off something I wouldn't have thought possible: It restores the innocence to big-budget superhero mythmaking.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
May 4, 2011
Branagh is out for fun, and he finds it, in large doses.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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David Fear
Time Out
May 3, 2011
Gods and monsters be damned, Thor is still the same old origin story, indistinguishable from the dozens we've seen in summers past.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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David Germain
Associated Press
May 3, 2011
The Norse gods are off to a decent, though not divine, start in Thor, the latest movie in Marvel Comics' big-screen expansion of its superhero pantheon.
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Tom Huddleston
Time Out
April 27, 2011
An endearing throwback to simpler times: when men were men, gods were gods and heroes looked like bodybuilders who'd just raided the dress-up box. Just don't expect to remember much about it afterwards.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Megan Lehmann
Hollywood Reporter
April 18, 2011
The hammer-hurling god of thunder kicks off this superhero summer with a bang.
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Richard Kuipers
Variety
April 18, 2011
Thor delivers the goods so long as butt is being kicked and family conflict is playing out in celestial dimensions, but is less thrilling during the Norse warrior god's rather brief banishment on Earth.