Thor Reviews

  • Pulls off something I wouldn't have thought possible: It restores the innocence to big-budget superhero mythmaking.

    Owen Gleiberman — Entertainment Weekly

  • 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.

    A.O. Scott — New York Times

  • Though it may not leave a lasting impression once the lights go up, Thor is lighthearted and thunderously good fun.

    Claudia Puig — USA Today

  • 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.

    Michael O'Sullivan — Washington Post

  • "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.

    Ty Burr — Boston Globe

  • No matter how the filmmakers move Heaven and Earth, this comic-book adaptation looks cool but contains very little thunder.

    Joe Neumaier — New York Daily News

  • If this is a harbinger of the season to come, may heaven and its suburbs help us.

    Joe Morgenstern — Wall Street Journal

  • The visuals are breathtaking without it, all swirling cosmic nebulae and mythic cityscapes of the Norse-god capital Asgard.

    Amy Biancolli — Houston Chronicle

  • Nothing against the buff, blond God of Thunder, but Thor just doesn't have a built-in wow factor among the nongeek brigade.

    Chris Vognar — Dallas Morning News

  • [Kenneth Branagh's] Shakespearean chops add texture in scenes that require the care and feeding of literature's grander themes: pride, paternity and honor.

    Lisa Kennedy — Denver Post

  • [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.

    Glenn Kenny — MSN Movies

  • 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...

    Anthony Lane — New Yorker

  • 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.

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • 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.

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

  • This is eminently missable, though the mosaic design of Asgard, Thor's mythical realm, is pretty cool.

    J. R. Jones — Chicago Reader

  • 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.

    David Hiltbrand — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • "Thor" bridges the gap between high culture and low, between fanboys and mass moviegoers.

    Colin Covert — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • 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.

    Tom Long — Detroit News

  • Branagh is out for fun, and he finds it, in large doses.

    Bill Goodykoontz — Arizona Republic

  • 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.

    Richard Kuipers — Variety

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