'Thor' Critic Reviews

94%
MovieWeb:   54 reviews
77%
Rotten Tomatoes:   264 reviews
  • Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    84
    Pulls off something I wouldn't have thought possible: It restores the innocence to big-budget superhero mythmaking.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • A.O. Scott New York Times (Top Critic)
    50
    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 » 3 years ago
  • Philip French Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
    A moderately entertaining film on which an immoderately large amount of time and money has been expended.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Peter Bradshaw Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
    60
    This is entertaining stuff, a serviceable summer movie and Asgard to be a good thing.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Xan Brooks Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
    60
    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.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Claudia Puig USA Today (Top Critic)
    75
    Though it may not leave a lasting impression once the lights go up, Thor is lighthearted and thunderously good fun.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Michael O'Sullivan Washington Post (Top Critic)
    50
    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 » 3 years ago
  • Ty Burr Boston Globe (Top Critic)
    75
    "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 » 3 years ago
  • Joe Neumaier New York Daily News (Top Critic)
    40
    No matter how the filmmakers move Heaven and Earth, this comic-book adaptation looks cool but contains very little thunder.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal (Top Critic)
    If this is a harbinger of the season to come, may heaven and its suburbs help us.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Amy Biancolli Houston Chronicle (Top Critic)
    75
    The visuals are breathtaking without it, all swirling cosmic nebulae and mythic cityscapes of the Norse-god capital Asgard.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Chris Vognar Dallas Morning News (Top Critic)
    67
    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 » 3 years ago
  • Lisa Kennedy Denver Post (Top Critic)
    63
    [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 » 3 years ago
  • Glenn Kenny MSN Movies (Top Critic)
    20
    [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 » 3 years ago
  • David Edelstein New York Magazine (Top Critic)
    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.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Anthony Lane New Yorker (Top Critic)
    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...
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    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.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune (Top Critic)
    75
    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 » 3 years ago
  • J. R. Jones Chicago Reader (Top Critic)
    This is eminently missable, though the mosaic design of Asgard, Thor's mythical realm, is pretty cool.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • David Hiltbrand Philadelphia Inquirer (Top Critic)
    50
    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 » 3 years ago
  • Colin Covert Minneapolis Star Tribune (Top Critic)
    88
    "Thor" bridges the gap between high culture and low, between fanboys and mass moviegoers.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Tom Long Detroit News (Top Critic)
    50
    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 » 3 years ago
  • Bill Goodykoontz Arizona Republic (Top Critic)
    80
    Branagh is out for fun, and he finds it, in large doses.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Richard Kuipers Variety (Top Critic)
    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.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Kyle Smith New York Post (Top Critic)
    63
    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 » 3 years ago