Thor: The Dark World Reviews

  • While Hemsworth is buff and brooding as Thor, Tom Hiddleston steals every scene as the contemptuous Loki.

    Julian Roman — MovieWeb

  • The new film sprawls, often with more spirit than reason.

    Owen Gleiberman — Entertainment Weekly

  • Dancing above a leaden plot and lumpy dialogue, Mr. Hiddleston moves his fine-boned features and graceful body, as if what he were doing matters; he seems imported from a quite different movie.

    Jeannette Catsoulis — New York Times

  • Leaden, non-involving and filled with mind-numbing computer-generated effects.

    Claudia Puig — USA Today

  • If I'm spending that much time studying Odin's grooming, there's something wrong with the story, which is kind of slow to get going and features too many undeveloped threads.

    Michael O'Sullivan — Washington Post

  • How do you know that Thor: The Dark World is for the fan-boys and absolutely nobody else? The opening exposition is sub-Tolkien balderdash that merely has the power to put you to sleep in seconds.

    Ty Burr — Boston Globe

  • Thor: The Dark World may not be thunder from the movie gods, but it is -- shock! -- an entertaining journey into mystery, action and fun.

    Joe Neumaier — New York Daily News

  • This action-adventure sequel from Marvel soon turns so dumb and 3-D-murky that it hurts.

    Joe Morgenstern — Wall Street Journal

  • A wildly uneven but entertaining sequel to one of Marvel Comics' most enduring franchises.

    Bruce Diones — New Yorker

  • Plenty of fine actors do what they can here amid the digital mayhem and smashed columns.

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

  • The story is ridiculously complicated.

    Drew Hunt — Chicago Reader

  • Its monsters and angry armies and visual effects are interchangeable with Peter Jackson's Tolkien pics, with Clash of the Titans, with The Avengers, with Man of Steel, and on and on.

    Steven Rea — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • The latest chapter in Marvel's never-ending story takes a while to find its narrative momentum, but its later, better scenes have a loony oomph that drowns out your misgivings.

    Colin Covert — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • Can we please cease and desist with movies where not just the fate of a person, or a family, or a city, or even a world but where THE FATE OF ALL EXISTENCE is at stake? Wouldn't it be nice to see a superhero simply rescue a puppy sometime?

    Tom Long — Detroit News

  • Thor is an interesting superhero and all, but really, people, we need a Loki movie.

    Bill Goodykoontz — Arizona Republic

  • This robust, impersonal visual-effects showpiece proves buoyant and unpretentious enough to offset its stew of otherwise derivative fantasy/action elements.

    Justin Chang — Variety

  • If "The Lord of the Rings" was ancient legends sifted through the sensibility of an Oxford professor of Anglo-Saxon studies, then "Thor: The Dark World" is grand Norse myth run through the minds of 9-year-olds.

    Kyle Smith — New York Post

  • Abundant laughter saves the picture from thudding like the Thunder God's hammer.

    Peter Howell — Toronto Star

  • An inelegant misfire, this is a chink in Marvel's otherwise solid armor.

    Kate Erbland — Film.com

  • "Thor: The Dark World" has been engineered to be yet another hole-filler in the hulking "Avengers" franchise, and expertly designed to keep multiple storylines in flux at once.

    Eric Kohn — indieWIRE

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