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
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.
Kyle Smith - New York Post
What really seals the deal is Hemsworth's undeniable charisma, making us ignore the patchiness of the scene changes and the occasional dialogue howler.
Peter Howell - Toronto Star
Many things within Thor must be accepted at face value, but these very things are what make the whole enterprise feel inconsequential.
Laremy Legel - Film.com
It's as if Branagh, fearful that his artsy reputation precedes him, has gone to the opposite extreme and low-balled the material.
Rick Groen - Globe and Mail
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.
Andrew O'Hehir - Salon.com
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.
Dana Stevens - Slate
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.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
The hammer-hurling god of thunder kicks off this superhero summer with a bang.
Megan Lehmann - Hollywood Reporter
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.
David Germain - Associated Press
At its best moments, Thor weaves a spot of magic from the complex science of $150-million fantasy-film technology.
Richard Corliss - TIME Magazine
Hemsworth, an Aussie actor with a vocal command to match his heaving brawn, doesn't just play the role, he owns it.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
"Thor" is the most entertaining superhero debut since the original Spiderman.
Richard Roeper - Richard Roeper.com
"Thor" has its strengths, but it is finally something of a mishmash with designs on being more interesting than it manages to be.
Kenneth Turan - Los Angeles Times
Thor is a really good popcorn flick -- just a little too bloated in places to hit the mark as well as it could have.
The mildly amusing midsection plays like a Viking take on Crocodile Dundee.
Sean Burns - Philadelphia Weekly
Strikes a mighty blow to the summer blockbuster season and will charge up audiences just like the first 'Iron Man.'
Jeffrey Lyles - Lyles' Movie Files
Drab, bloated and stuck together with special effects that look like high-end Microsoft screensavers.
Luke Buckmaster - Crikey
Thor is terrific fun! It's aware of its own silliness but made with complete integrity and heart. The film is also beautifully designed and very well performed. A great summer blockbuster!
Will Chadwick - We Got This Covered
Tempering its sweeping scope with wit, humor, and just a little dose of dramatics, Thor is a super-charged fantasy epic that can stand alone in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Alaina O'Connor - TV Guide's Movie Guide
Let's hope Branagh was well-compensated, at least. To quote his favorite author: No profit grows where is no pleasure taken.
Rafer Guzman - Newsday
Thor is on much safer ground here on Earth. The tone is immediately different: more relaxed; comic, not cosmic.
Tom Charity - CNN.com
Hemsworth gives the Thunder God all the spark he needs.
Joe Gross - Austin American-Statesman
Winking, self-mocking, fun...
Branagh and co have taken one of the least relatable superheroes and turned his story ... into a hugely enjoyable, funny and visually spectacular film
Matt Looker - TheShiznit.co.uk
"Thor" reminded me a lot of the "Iron Man" films. They are not particularly great, but they are highly entertaining with their explosive action sequences and fascinating characters.
Jeff Beck - Examiner.com
Adapted lovingly and good-naturedly from the comic, Thor gains some Shakespearean heft from its themes of sibling rivalry, epic emotions and touching Oedipal conflict.
Stephen Rebello - Playboy Online
It does nothing to stand out from the other comic book adaptations of the past few years, but it's an adequate and enjoyable slice of hokum.
Laurence Boyce - The Baltic Times
... A solid introduction to the character, and the idea of encountering him again isn't a bad one.
Greg Maki - Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
... not to say that Thor is awful, simply uninspired, full of sound and fury and not much else.
Sean Axmaker - MSN.com
...although it looks good, it feels fragmented, the action never coming fully to life and the central character rather colorless.
John J. Puccio - Movie Metropolis
Arthurian grandeur, fanboy-pleasing whallop and special-effect razzle-dazzle flesh out the backstory of how the hunky hammerer got from Up There to Down Here.
Neil Pond - American Profile
What's left is the movie's middle 60% or so, which is a fun ride, though I could have done without the 3-D.
Chris Knight - National Post
Branagh's chosen style (and that's a generous term to use here) pretty much consists of tilting the camera about forty degrees every fifth or sixth shot.
Rob Humanick - Projection Booth
It may not be strongest film to have made the transition from comic book to screen but it does whet the appetite for more from the hammer-wielding thoroughbred and his jealous sibling.
Ed Whitfield - The Ooh Tray
The problem with the current crop of superhero movies is that once you've exhausted the A-list, you begin reaching for the second string personalities who do not have the same sort of populist street cred.
Brandon Fibbs - BrandonFibbs.com
Director Kenneth Branagh, for all the Shakespearean fruitiness he imbues into some of his A-list performers, never forgets that Thor is ultimately an FX-driven film designed to sell popcorn.
Jim Schembri - The Age (Australia)
The series of Avenger films continues to decrease in quality with Thor inferior to both the original Iron Man and The Incredible Hulk.
Wesley Lovell - Cinema Sight
Thor visually muddled but still worth seeing.
Charles Koplinski - Illinois Times
This film was not painful to watch... but it was no pleasure.
David Poland - Movie City News
Despite under-imagined action sequences, the movie's intentional humor and Tom Hiddleston's well-played Loki save it from mediocrity.
Nathaniel Rogers - Film Experience
Another marvelous adventure.
Roger Tennis - Cinemaclips.com
Nicely combines visual splendor and an earthly fish-out-of-water tale with director Kenneth Branagh bringing a Shakespearean flair to the proceedings.
Bruce Bennett - Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
The latest travesty of the old Marvel comics canon
D.K. Holm - Vancouver Voice
It only took about 10 minutes for a wide smile to form across my face at the realization that 'oh, man they got it right!'
Jeffrey Lyles - Gazette (MD)
Will it catch lightning in a bottle and become the next great superhero franchise? By Odin's beard, I think so! (Parental Content Review also available)
Teddy Durgin - Screen It!
Thor gets by on humor and on the performances of Hemsworth, Hiddleston, and Dennings ...
George Wu - culturevulture.net
The Marvel movie machine puts another second-string superhero on the A-list.
Kevin A. Ranson - MovieCrypt.com
A mish-mosh of iconic genres, futurism and earth-bound pseudo-reality bound together by the commercial desire to engage us through any means--a sort of more is more thesis. But that doesn't mean it doesn't.
Jules Brenner - Cinema Signals
display a light and humorous touch that never detracts from the larger dramatic issues
James Kendrick - Q Network Film Desk
One of the better examples of the goofy live-action comic book that's come around recently.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
El despliegue fisico y visual llenan el ojo (sobre todo en 3D) pero es tal la presencia de escenarios virtuales que al rato uno tiene la sensacion de estar viendo un videojuego sin mayor progresion dramatica.
Enrique Buchichio - Uruguay Total
An okay movie but more "Superman" than "Iron Man."
Jackie K. Cooper - jackiekcooper.com
No fanboy will feel 'Thor' for spending his hard-earned money on the latest of superhero from the Marvel universe.
Linda Cook - KWQC-TV (Iowa)
Entertaining and instantly forgettable.
John Beifuss - Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
It achieves a good balance of action and comic relief and-despite a ridiculous set-up-turns out to be a decent family drama on top of all that.
Eric Melin - Scene-Stealers.com
To its detriment, this film most of all prepares the way for a sequel.
John Wirt - Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
...a missed opportunity of nigh epic proportions...
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
I can't honestly say I'm overwhelmed by his magnificence but I'm still pleased to meet the next Avenger tag-team partner.
Dave White - Movies.com
Although it looks quite beautiful and has enough gorgeous space shots to make Nova green with envy, the movie is too weighted down by exposition to ever really get interesting.
Grae Drake - Movies.com
Thor is such a joyless affair that writing even this much about it is nearly as exhausting as sitting through the movie.
Scott Foundas - Film Comment Magazine
This is not a great comic book adaptation, but it is a serviceable one with good production values, a slick look and a story that works.
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
Just as good as it needs to be -- and no more. But in the realm of superhero movies, I'm perfectly fine with that.
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Odin strips Thor of his powers and casts him down to Earth. The movie, alas, is compelled to follow.
Kurt Loder - Wide Screen
Thor is an amusement park ride through the Marvel universe from the realm of Asgard to earth, and back, and forth. Around and around. How many rides do you want to take?
Tony Macklin - tonymacklin.net
The real star of this show is Bo Welch whose production design is original and different enough to steal the show from the actors.
Mark R. Leeper - Mark Leeper's Reviews
The effects are great, the tone is surprisingly playful, and Hemsworth pours on the charm as the most clueless hulking blonde since Dog the Bounty Hunter.
Brian Juergens - CampBlood.org
A merely adequate introductory saga coated in hammy regality by director Kenneth Branagh.
Nick Schager - Lessons of Darkness
A well-balanced mixture of summer movie pop aesthetics -- not too serious, not too light, with a flare for visual pizazz and big personality.
Jeffrey Chen - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
This movie is a lot of fun.
Ignatiy Vishnevetsky - Ebert Presents At The Movies
Ten-year-olds will be blown away by "Thor." For the rest of us, it's a visually thrilling joyride with not much story to back it up.
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
Not merely an entertaining enough intro to Thor, but a roots adventure cleverly laying the groundwork for what's in store from The Avengers and other planned extensions of the Marvel franchise.
Kam Williams - NewsBlaze
Thor continues the trend of weakly jumpstarting a franchise based on a Marvel comic with an instantly forgettable origin story.
Simon Abrams - Slant Magazine
In the end this isn't a Kenneth Branagh film; it's a Marvel Studios film. About all Branagh brings to it is a certain hairy-chested bravado and a lot of Dutch angles.
Rob Gonsalves - eFilmCritic.com
Thor is, dare you say, a marvellous adventure, fit for a sequel and deserving his place in Marvel's soon to be mega team-up.
Thom Atkinson - The Skinny
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.
triggers Tron: Legacy flashbacks like wet heat does Vietnam.
Walter Chaw - Film Freak Central
Everything aboutThor seems afterthought and cast-off, from its cheap-looking production values and dull action to its flat script. It's telling that Chris Hemsworth's shirtless scene is the movie's most special effect.
Diva Velez - TheDivaReview.com
'Thor' is like an evolutionary 'Superman II.' Good laughs, action, and a hero who needs to lose his powers before he can find out who he truly is.
Jeff Bayer - The Scorecard Review
It's still inconceivable that people could look at the shabby Iron Man 1 and gaudy Iron Man 2 and be satisfied. The latest addition to that Marvel studios franchise is Thor, and it, too, suffers from filmmaking without wit.
Armond White - New York Press
While initially it might feel nonsensical for a superhero to derive supreme power from a hammer forged out of a dying star, the way "Thor" wields its supremacy makes mince meat out of humdrum guns, knives and swords.
Adam Fendelman - HollywoodChicago.com
An overlong, mildy entertaining blockbuster that could have used a more charismatic lead as well as more palpable thrills and excitement.
Avi Offer - NYC Movie Guru
Thor is such a monumental waste of top tier talent, it adds an air of sadness to this prime example of cookie cutter filmmaking.
Lori Hoffman - Atlantic City Weekly
...Above average movie eye candy. Branagh's direction as well as the writing, which includes an abundance of intelligent dialogue sequences (for a comic book), are a plus--as is the acting overall.
Steve Crum - Video-Reviewmaster.com
A perfectly serviceable entry in the cinematic superhero sweepstakes, Thor provides viewers with a good time as long as they're not taking notes and comparing it to other high-profile Marvel properties.
Matt Brunson - Creative Loafing
... latest in a string of whatever-sticks action-hero franchises ... I can hear the slumming Branagh admonishing, "Give me a break ‒ it's an amusement-park ride!
Glenn Lovell - CinemaDope
If the rest of the popcorn movie entries exceed expectations on this level, then the forthcoming shirtless hero worship season might give me washboard abs - "Conan," "Captain America" and "Sinbad" are yet to come.
Mike Ward - Richmond.com
With a director this interested in making every shot exciting, it should come as no surprise that his film is just that.
Christopher Smith - Bangor Daily News (Maine)
The film has a lot of solid laughs, actually, without becoming a cartoon.
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
The good news for Thor is Shakespearean director/actor Kenneth Branagh manages to infuse a bit of the Bard's irony, intrigue and humor to a plot penned by three TV writers.
Gary Wolcott - Tri-City Herald
This isn't SyFy Thor, it's HOLLYWOOD Thor! Crummy costume and set design is made up by being full of heart and soul.
Michelle Alexandria - Eclipse Magazine
This movie has all the sci-fi fantasy, wonder and magic we have come to expect from Marvel. The 114-minute running time passes by swiftly and leaves you wanting more. The action scenes are well-staged and the computer graphics special effects are...
Keith Cohen - Entertainment Spectrum
Chris Hemsworth takes all of five seconds to impress you.
Tricia Olszewski - Washington City Paper
Soa menos como um filme e mais como um "previously on The Avengers", ja que se preocupa tanto em preparar o terreno para o grande projeto da Marvel que se esquece de ter personalidade propria.
Pablo Villaca - Cinema em Cena
Thor has the feel of a film that never quite starts.
Christopher Long - Movie Metropolis
Rhymes with bore.
Ethan Alter - NYC Film Critic
While not perfect, Thor is most definitely a worthy addition to the pantheon of superhero movies.
Vic Holtreman - ScreenRant
Just setting the table, introducing us to the characters and situations that will pay off next time.
Tim Brayton - Antagony & Ecstasy
One of the very best Marvel superhero movies to date.
Rob Vaux - Mania.com
Thor isn't 'The Dark Knight,' but it's a mighty fine kickoff to the summer movie season.
Christian Toto - What Would Toto Watch?
I knew there was a planet of Frost Giants, but I always assumed the neighboring planet of Heat Misers would keep them in check.
Mark Ramsey - MovieJuice!
Like Thor himself, the movie is overly puffed up and self-serious. But the character experiences a satisfying arc of change, turning into a genuinely heroic figure whose magic hammer does some serious smiting.
Christopher Lloyd - Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Marvel's ambitious plan has taken one more step, and it has yet to take a false one.
Marc Mohan - Oregonian
...Branagh and his winning cast keep things likably accessible and fantastically opulent, delivering an adventure with genuine humor, spectacle and gravitas. Fanboys will lap it up like mother's milk.
Jeff Meyers - Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
This god answers our summer movie prayers.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
Crazy-good fun! Thor has that quintessential Marvel-movie feel that made the Spider-Man, X-Men, and Iron Man pictures so enjoyable.
Mike McGranaghan - Aisle Seat
Next to 'Iron Man 2,' 'Thor' is the worst Marvel film to date.
Clay Cane - BET.com
Part of what I wanted from the film was a guy in armor with a giant hammer smacking frost giants in the face...and so I got that.
Widgett Walls - Needcoffee.com
Basically, it's a little better than okay -- but nothing more than that.
Neil Rosen - NY1-TV
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.
Peter Rainer - Christian Science Monitor
Hemsworth is a carved-from-stone god who makes Brad Pitt look as bulked-up as Angelina Jolie, and he gives just the right amount of wry recognition that this is all just summertime nonsense.
Matt Soergel - Florida Times-Union
Take an eight year old boy with you to increase your chances of a rollicking, if more-than usually ridiculous, time.
CJ Johnson - ABC Radio (Australia)
Branagh creates a nice flow, with many dynamic angles, and clear, exciting fight scenes.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
Kenneth Branagh and the team of writers who have brought the super-hero spin on the Norse god of thunder to the big screen decide to largely ditch the usual hero alter-ego bit. In its place is a movie with a split personality of its own.
Ian Buckwalter - DCist
Thor's level of visual opulence is one sure indication that director Kenneth Branagh is unafraid of embracing the potential for camp inherent in any superhero blockbuster but generally avoided amid the current vogue for Dark Knight-style solemnity.
Jason Anderson - eye WEEKLY
Branagh's direction looks the same as that of any other summer tentpole manager, and things go boom.
Kelly Vance - East Bay Express
It's hard to argue for a Thor movie -- he's one of the least interesting characters in the Marvel universe. But that just makes Kenneth Branagh's entertaining adventure movie a pleasant surprise.
Norman Wilner - NOW Toronto
... a two-hour preview trailer for The Avengers ...
Jim Lane - Sacramento News & Review
He has a big hammer, and he knows how to swing it.
Willie Waffle - WaffleMovies.com
Escapism doesn't have to be mindless, and comic book movies don't necessarily have to reach for some greater human truth.
Pete Vonder Haar - Houston Press
It starts pretty promisingly, and it stays pretty promising throughout, and at some point you realize it's never actually going to deliver on that promise.
Steven D. Greydanus - Decent Films Guide
By Odin's beard, the gods seem to have smiled on this one.
Jim Slotek - Jam! Movies
Thor has enough eye-popping visuals that slapping on a pair of 3-D glasses isn't even necessary.
Adam Tobias - Watertown Daily Times
What could have been a stiff and overwrought production turns out to be one of the more well-rounded and enjoyable superhero movies in recent memory.
Russ Breimeier - Christianity Today
For those with a taste for the genre, Thor is a worthy addition to the pantheon.
Christopher Orr - The Atlantic
Masterfully directed by Branagh, Thor delivers a Shakespearian-esque superhero flick with epic action, performances & emotions making it the strongest Marvel film to date.
Kevin McCarthy - BDK Reviews
A pleasant diversion that may not make you smarter but at least won't make you dumber.
Robert W. Butler - Kansas City Star
Talk loudly and carry a big hammer
Robert Denerstein - Movie Habit
Lavish and satisfying big-screen translation of the Marvel comic's mighty Norse god brought down to Earth.
Frank Lovece - Film Journal International
All that director Kenneth Branagh must do with Thor is not mess it up, and he succeeds. The results aren't as exhilarating as the first Iron Man, but Downey can't play every superhero...For sheer fun and action, I'd prefer seeing Fast Five again.
Steve Persall - Tampa Bay Times
"Thor" stands completely on its own as its own movie and proves to be an excellent addition to the superhero genre, harkening back to the awe-inspiring simplicity of the original 1978 "Superman."
Mathew DeKinder - Suburban Journals of St. Louis
Surprisingly complex superhero action-adventure.
S. Jhoanna Robledo - Common Sense Media
a lesser entry in the super-hero to cinema game, but one that is splendidly diverting on its own limited terms and commendable for refraining from camp
Andrea Chase - Killer Movie Reviews
Thor is Marvel Studios' best movie so far. This is exactly the sort of movie you'd want to kick off the summer.
Joshua Tyler - CinemaBlend.com
Fun, adventurous, engrossing
Susan Granger - SSG Syndicate
Expanding the cinematic Marvel-verse in stranger ways than the casual viewer might expect, it sets the stage for a larger storyline while still delivering a heroic tale for old-school comic readers.
Luke Y. Thompson - E! Online
A family torn apart, war, betrayal...these are all things the Bard wrote about and who better then the classically trained Branagh to help bring the story to the screen.
Michael A. Smith - Nolan's Pop Culture Review
Chris Hemsworth is a double order of handsome with a side of charming. But Thor has that retread feel.
Clint O'Connor - Cleveland Plain Dealer
Solid storytelling, production design that reflects comic book roots, a hugely charismatic lead in Aussie Chris Hemsworth and Sir Anthony Hopkins suppressing his inner ham to deliver a real performance all add up to make "Thor" a winner.
Laura Clifford - Reeling Reviews
I can't tell you if it was entirely faithful to the comics, and at this stage, I don't care. I want to see good movies, and Thor delivered.
Mark Bell - Film Threat
Branagh was meant to work on this scale. And even if ambition doesn't always equal vision, with Thor Branagh brings the two pretty closely in line.
Stephanie Zacharek - Movieline
Branagh does what he can to add a dash of humor here and there, but so much of "Thor" is postproduction animation - pretty, but every object has the insubstantial feel of the digital hand.
Gary Thompson - Philadelphia Daily News
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.
Bob Mondello - NPR
Handsomely mounted and sufficiently majestic.
Sean O'Connell - Filmcritic.com
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.
Keith Phipps - AV Club
It is as close to a thinking person's comic-book superhero movie as the genre gets, and it's tempting to see parallels between the gods and monsters of then and now.
Duane Dudek - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
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.
Joe Williams - St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Great summer fun, anchored by a star-making performance from Chris Hemsworth.
Chris Bumbray - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
Thor is a comic-book superhero movie with a split personality. There is weighty drama in the Kingdom of Asgard, while the tone of the film becomes flippant and funny when...
Leonard Maltin - Leonard Maltin's Picks
At times it seems Thor's hammer shows more personality than its owner.
Bob Bloom - Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
[Branagh's] Thor has more complex characters than the usual Transformers-style melee; though that may not be what the readers of Marvel comics now want, it satisfied me most of the time.
Lawrence Toppman - Charlotte Observer
Clobberin’ action, a touch of ’50s sci-fi, and a heaping portion of titan-clashing theatrics spell something a little different for the comic-book movie.
Peter Canavese - Groucho Reviews
All in all, Thor is good, quick-witted superhero fun -- written, directed and acted by pros.
Randy Myers - Contra Costa Times
The superhero genre is suited to Branagh's grandiose sensibilities.
Bob Grimm - Tucson Weekly
Truly a mishmash, by turns mythic and realistic, serious and ridiculous, humorous and risible, Shakespearean and modern, naive and cool, straightforward and loopy.
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
In removing those traits that typically make a superhero from its protagonist, Thor makes him stand out from the growing crowd.
Mark Dujsik - Mark Reviews Movies
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.
Moira MacDonald - Seattle Times
Perhaps surprisingly, this high-concept 3D Avengers spin-off is a very well-executed movie, offering corny one-liners and plenty of muscle-bound heroism to whet fan appetites.
Jonathan W. Hickman - Paste Magazine
A middle-ground Marvel adaptation, but one with a good sense of humor.
Rich Heldenfels - Akron Beacon Journal
Will not be going down anytime soon as one of the quintessentially great superhero efforts, but it isn't a failure, either.
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."
Stephen Whitty - Newark Star-Ledger
Hemsworth is consistently fun to watch.
Matt Singer - IFC.com
In your cinematic Marvel rankings, Thor splits the difference between the two Iron Man films. A fine introduction to an arrogant warmonger who becomes a true hero when he decides to defend the helpless en route to a less than stellar and rushed final act.
Erik Childress - eFilmCritic.com
[Chris Hemsworth], from his first moments on the screen, steals the show with charisma, roguish good looks and a likability quotient [as Thor] that is off the charts.
Robin Clifford - Reeling Reviews
About what you expect, maybe a little better. I'd put it somewhere between Iron Man and the first Spiderman on the comic-book-movie spectrum.
Marshall Fine - Hollywood & Fine
Takes it seriously enough to satisfy the fanboys and slyly but respectfully tantalizes them with touches only they will understand.
Nell Minow - Beliefnet
The only impressive thing about Thor is his wingspan.
Matt Pais - RedEye
A thoroughly enjoyable superhero film featuring a pair of breakthrough performances.
Jason Zingale - Bullz-Eye.com
Branagh has conjured an epic visual experience, infusing Thor with the expansive sweep of a comic book and some snappy personality, creating a wildly entertaining yarn.
Brian Orndorf - Sci-Fi Movie Page
Thor suffers from Iron Man 2 syndrome: too much backstory, too many subplots and character introductions, and not nearly enough full-frontal nudity from Natalie Portman, who frankly is given very little to work with here.
Marc Savlov - Austin Chronicle
Branagh may be the real hero here, bringing more than a few Shakespearean flourishes to a mythos that's rife with them.
Brett Michel - Boston Phoenix
This is twice now that Marvel Studios has made me care for a comic-book figure who initially struck me as dopey.
Josh Larsen - LarsenOnFilm
You might not expect it, but this Kenneth Branagh-helmed comic book movie delivers - thanks to a deftly-balanced tone and Anthony Hopkins as Odin.
Joe Lozito - Big Picture Big Sound
When it's required to be serious, it stays somber. When it has to explode across the screen, Thor soars.
Bill Gibron - PopMatters
It succeeds only on the most basic level.
Josh Bell - Las Vegas Weekly
Branagh tries not to lose that connection but he's overwhelmed by design and technology, like many who would enter the arena of fantasy blockbuster movie-making.
Paul Byrnes - Sydney Morning Herald
Branagh gives Thor a Shakespearean pathos.
Victoria Alexander - FilmsInReview.com
The summer movie season officially kicks off with a thunderstorm of the best kind.
Rene Rodriguez - Miami Herald
Its scope is large enough to please fans well versed in the source material, but its tone is light enough to make it a mainstream hit.
Daniel Hubschman - Hollywood.com
For a film that never stops flirting with silliness, it's impressive how likable and down-to-earth Thor proves to be.
Geoff Berkshire - Metromix.com
Thor is a giddy value-sized bag of popcorn, and it will delight genre fans, though its charms aren't quite oversized enough to provide cover for all of its script and character problems.
Jordan Hoffman - UGO
Lightning strikes again for Marvel - though not as strongly as in previous years - with yet another big screen version of an iconic superhero culled from its vast library.
Scott A. Mantz - Access Hollywood
There are dozens of ways a Thor movie could go wrong, but I guess it pays to trust in a talented director and keep your fingers crossed.
As great as Hemsworth and Hiddleston are, they cannot overcome the film's flaws. All they can do is drag THOR up from awful to fairly tolerable.
Devin Faraci - CHUD
The writing's sharp, the story zips along, and the cast does a terrific job of bringing this fantasy adventure to life.
Rebecca Murray - About.com
Virtually a special-effects miracle.
Harvey S. Karten - Compuserve
An epic adventure of the classical sense, blending Norse mythology with human drama, romance, and a splash of hammer time!
Mark Sells - The Reel Deal
Gods and monsters be damned, Thor is still the same old origin story, indistinguishable from the dozens we've seen in summers past.
David Fear - Time Out
Neither disaster nor triumph, Thor is an aggressively average crowd-pleaser.
Todd Gilchrist - Boxoffice Magazine
Thor is a Thor movie and it doesn't do anything to sell me on the mythology... Even though I've never read a Thor comic, I knew exactly what would happen... And I'm sorry, armor on earth looks silly.
Fred Topel - Screen Junkies
Flawed though it sometimes is, most of these criticisms can be deflected by the thunder-stealing charm offensive Branagh and his cast have managed to mount.
Alistair Harkness - Scotsman
A wonderful fantasy epic and one that can stand alone and attach to the Marvel onslaught of superhero cinematic entries storming theaters...
Felix Vasquez Jr. - Cinema Crazed
There is a healthy dose of cheese in this slightly campy superhero flick and it does well not to take itself too seriously.
Tim Martain - The Mercury
A moderately entertaining film on which an immoderately large amount of time and money has been expended.
An infectiously enjoyable adventure that combines great spectacle with human drama and tongue-in-cheek fun with just the right degree of seriousness.
Henry Fitzherbert - Daily Express
A movie that sidesteps cynicism and its own sloppy script to become a perfectly good, perfectly scaled bit of summer entertainment.
Katey Rich - CinemaBlend.com
A boisterous, bustling spectacle that attempts to balance the onslaught of special-effects wizardry with some welcome touches of humour and humanity.
Allan Hunter - Daily Express
Thor's digital trickery and pyrotechnics doesn't appear to faze Branagh, who balances the thrills of a summer blockbuster with tender romance and broad comedy.
Catherine Jones - Liverpool Echo
A brilliant addition to the Marvel world. He came, he Thor, he kicked some ass.
Alex Zane - Sun Online
Real biceps, a dirty-blond mane, and the refreshing physicality of Hemsworth's general presence beat these other pixellated champs at their own game, giving this movie and its hero a less schizoid identity.
Tim Robey - Daily Telegraph
This is entertaining stuff, a serviceable summer movie and Asgard to be a good thing.
Hemsworth fully embodies Thor with all the energy, passion, arrogance and blundering foolery you'd come to expect from a mythical warrior who lands on Earth.
Lisa Giles-Keddie - Real.com
Even though it's over-designed and far too loud, the characters are strong enough to hold our interest.
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
Branagh effortlessly camouflages the film's many weaknesses with a sense of endearment rarely to be found in such extravagantly constructed movies.
Graham Young - Birmingham Post
It's hard to get very involved in fighting when it's between immortals and there aren't really any physical constraints or consequences, don't you find?
David Sexton - This is London
Branagh makes the most of CGI's potential to create glimmering surfaces and vast landscapes and, for once, the 3D is a bonus.
Leo Robson - Financial Times
It's enjoyable while it lasts, and as a primer for The Avengers - with a proper, plot-setting post-credits scene, to boot - it works a treat.
Seb Patrick - Film4
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.
Tom Huddleston - Time Out
Hiddleston does sly and manipulative with relative restraint, that balances out Hemsworth's shouty braggadocio.
Michael Bonner - Uncut Magazine [UK]
Delivers pretty much everything you could want from a Thor movie, thanks to a superb script, note-perfect direction from Kenneth Branagh, a terrific supporting cast and a charismatic, star-making central performance from Chris Hemsworth.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
Thor-roughly good fun.
James Smith - Little White Lies
The Lord of the Rings. On Coruscant. Or Discworld. Cuz that's what [Branagh]'s done here, with a topping of wormholes and a sweetly old-fashioned side dish of Richard Donner's Superman...
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
Rather than bang us over the head with that hammer, Hemsworth and Kenneth Branagh take a mischievous, light-hearted approach more in keeping with the Marvel Comic than the ancient mythology.
Stella Papamichael - Digital Spy
Forget Hamlet and Henry V, Kenneth Branagh puts Shakespeare behind him and gives us a hero with real clout.
Jason Best - Movie Talk
Thor may not have the star power, street cred or brand recognition of some of its fellow Marvel titles, but at least it's funny and fun.
Charlie Lyne - Ultra Culture
Lens flares aside, Branagh has done a superb job at grounding (Thor's) more fantastical moments, and ensuring nothing feels too silly or over-the-top.
Matt Neal - The Standard
By Odin's beard, it's a winner.
David Edwards - Daily Mirror [UK]
The trickiest of the Avengers line-up to translate to the screen, 'Thor' deserves a lot of praise for getting right something that could have gone wrong so easily.
Garth Franklin - Dark Horizons
Norse nonsense, but great fun.
Baz Bamigboye - Daily Mail [UK]
After Iron Man's extended Avengers advert and The Incredible Hulk's misfire, it's certainly a sight for Thor eyes.
Matt Risley - Sky Movies
Hopkins brings gravitas rather than ham to his role, Hiddleston's Loki is a villain to look out for and the action is suitably earth-shattering.
Jeremy Aspinall - Radio Times
It seems grandiose to talk of emotional authenticity in the case of a movie like Thor but the actors actually seem involved in the characters and the story. You don't feel like they're laughing on the inside. It's involving and that's always fun.
Peter Galvin - sbs.com.au
A magnificent space romp that will thrill even the most cynical viewer, and a fantastic and fantastical reason to make the trip to the cinema.
Giles Hardie - Sydney Morning Herald
While the plotting of Thor is decidedly cheesy, the action sequences it spawns -- particularly whenever tensions heat up with those terrifying Frost Giants -- hold their own in awesome fashion.
Leigh Paatsch - Herald Sun (Australia)
Performances are fine; Hopkins is an imposing Odin and Chris Hemsworth is obviously on his way to real stardom with this.
Margaret Pomeranz - At the Movies (Australia)
A thuper Thoraway thuctheth.
Robbie Collin - News of the World
Somebody, somewhere, is proud of the art direction and animation that brings this city to life, but it just looks like a Lord of the Rings fan film.
Nick Deigman - Fan The Fire
Branagh has knocked his film together with a terrific, freewheeling gusto. It has its tongue in its cheek and the fun is infectious. For all of its faults, Thor's never a bore.
There are plenty of action scenes, a few little laughs and an air of genuine adventure; it doesn't take my breath away, but I can see it has an audience
Andrew L. Urban - Urban Cinefile
The film takes off and in great style, offering a fantastic fantasy adventure with all the latest mod cons by way of 3D, visual effects and production design, ensuring a thrilling and stimulating escapist movie experience
Louise Keller - Urban Cinefile
While Thor may not be a thundering triumph, it's decent enough fun to make you hope that lightning strikes twice and we get a sequel.
Dave Golder - SFX Magazine
A winning blend of thrill and feeling, respect and irreverence, Thor lifts Marvel's movie stocks considerably.
Clem Bastow - The Vine
Turn off the snark-o-meter, and this is a return to form for Marvel, introducing a new hero we'll be happy to see again in, oh, about a year or so.
Chris Hewitt (UK) - Empire Magazine
Branagh succeeds in making Thor accessible, coherent and engaging. He takes something that could have potentially been silly, and crafts it into a big, grand, visually impressive slab of superhero cinema.
Erin Free - FILMINK (Australia)
The most problematic hurdle in The Avengers' path is cleared with ease and some style by a film that makes a virtue of its inherent silliness. You're up, Captain America.
Neil Smith - Total Film
Kenneth Branagh [delivers] enough style and action to satisfy fans and newcomers alike.
Mark Adams - Screen International
Two hammers up! As much of an A to B job as these films are, they're all very solid commercial blockbusters and Thor is no exception - in fact visually it might just be the most impressive.
Clint Morris - Moviehole
Thor is not a groundbreaking film but it's a satisfying and entertaining spectacle that facilitates decent character and narrative development over its running time.
Thomas Caldwell - Cinema Autopsy
Kenneth Branagh's Thor may not achieve the level of epic, Shakespearean awesomeness it so dearly covets, but its failings could only be a footnote in the annals of comic-book movie history.
Simon Miraudo - Quickflix
With the occasional laugh bolstering the simple story, Thor remains wholly intriguing largely because of its cast.
Katina Vangopoulos - Moviedex
Impressive in scale and design and featuring a star making turn from its leading man, Thor is a dazzling example of the superhero movie done right.
Matthew Pejkovic - Matt's Movie Reviews
It wants to impress with dazzling special effects rather than through an emotive, captivating story.
Matthew Toomey - ABC Radio Brisbane
It is his transition from a super-powered being to a full-blown superhero... a movie that doesn't really feel like any of the other Marvel movies, that has its own voice, and that pulls off its various goals with real charm.
Drew McWeeny - HitFix
Thor may not be a game-changer for comic book movies, but it's a solidly entertaining one most noteworthy for taking what could have been utterly campy material and making it dramatic and relatable.
Jim Vejvoda - IGN Movies