Thor: The Dark World Reviews

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Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com
July 15, 2015
It brings some awe and brawny excitement into comic-book cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jon Espino
The Young Folks
July 14, 2015
If you give it a chance, I guarantee it will win you over with its humor and charm.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Dan Casey
Nerdist
July 14, 2015
A massively enjoyable film that course-corrects the missteps of the original and delivers on big action, grittier subject matter, and a less pretentious take on the sometimes prohibitively dense Thor canon.
Kate Muir
Times [UK]
July 14, 2015
When Marvel brought in Alan Taylor, the director of Game of Thrones, to invigorate the Thor franchise, many hoped for a breast-bearing, dwarf-battling, blood-spurting melodrama -- with capes and hammers. Sadly, it was not to be.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Daniel Barnes
Sacramento News & Review
July 14, 2015
The superhero gets a second solo album with Thor: The Dark World, which manages to outpace the first Thor in terms of atonality and gobbledygook.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Norman Wilner
NOW Toronto
July 14, 2015
Don't worry about its grim title and galactic stakes. For all its self-seriousness, Thor: The Dark World is a very silly movie. And that's why it works.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Edward Johnson-Ott
NUVO Newsweekly
July 14, 2015
Thor: The Dark World is uneven, but the combination of strong personalities, humor and clever battle choreography keeps the Marvel superhero movie formula from dragging.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Jonathan Hatfull
SciFiNow
July 14, 2015
With a good sense of humour, strong action set pieces and Hiddleston and Hemsworth on top form, it's just great fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Drew McWeeny
HitFix
July 14, 2015
Is it possible to be both overstuffed and too slight? If so, that's Thor: The Dark World in a nutshell.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Craig Mathieson
The Age (Australia)
July 14, 2015
The character, and the actor, need some variety, with Thor: The Dark World doing just enough to keep Marvel's increasingly unwieldy construction in motion before The Avengers' 2015 reunion.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Erin Free
FILMINK (Australia)
July 14, 2015
Thor: The Dark World is a wildly entertaining continuation of Marvel's dominance of the big budget action blockbuster genre, and a savvy revisit of its most difficult and ambitious piece of character mythology.
Alex Doenau
Trespass
July 14, 2015
This movie is marking time for bigger things, a constant fear in the lead-up to another Avengers outing, but it's fun and entertaining enough to justify the time spent watching it.
Randall King
Winnipeg Free Press
July 14, 2015
Sure, Hemsworth is physically impressive as Thor, but let's face it, the evil Loki got all the charm in that family. (Hiddleston is as reliable a scene-stealer here as he was in The Avengers.)
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Brad Keefe
Columbus Alive
July 14, 2015
Pacing is a problem, as sequences setting up an intergalactic finale drag, particularly when the film spends far more time on Asgard, with almost none of the fish-out-of-water charm that made the first film work.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jackson Cuidon
Christianity Today
July 14, 2015
Thor 2's makers apparently decided that the best course of action is to take everything that made the original the camp hit it was, and ramp it all up to eleven.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Christopher Lawrence
Las Vegas Review-Journal
July 14, 2015
With its dark elves, some kind of lava beast known as the Kurse, and too much time spent walking around in cloaks, the sequel too often feels like watered-down Tolkien.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Katherine Monk
Canada.com
July 14, 2015
There's good reason to stay awake for this goofy, explosive and oddly warm-hearted yarn that knits a cold story of family dysfunction with matinee spectacle.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Sean Burns
EntertainmentTell
May 5, 2015
At least sixty percent of the film consists of characters frantically hurling monster-sized gobs of exposition regarding the increasingly arbitrary rules of this fantasy universe.
July 31, 2014
Thor: The Dark World survives purely on the charisma of its insanely attractive cast and periodic bursts of good humor.
Full Review | Original Score: 6.0/10
Jeff Vice
Cinephiled
May 12, 2014
"A decided improvement in the balance department. Not only do we get more in the way of humor, we get more convincing, exciting action, as well as a few welcome surprises."
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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