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Thor Review

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3.0

Dave White Profile

I say thee, "Not bad." Read full review

2.0

Grae Drake Profile

Rhymes with BORE Read full review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 3.0
    57

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Mixed or average reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 10

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    Like Thor's hammer, this ersatz epic bludgeons its victims into submission. What's more, it requires them to stare at the source of their punishment through 3-D glasses.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Though he looks every inch a brawny Norse god, Hemsworth is not just a hunk. His charisma and charming grin go a long way toward making Thor engaging.

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  • 80

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter

    Chris Hemsworth gives a breakout performance as fallen Norse god.

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  • 91

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    It's not art, but it's mighty fun.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 13+

Surprisingly complex superhero action-adventure.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this comic book-based action movie about the Norse god Thor (played by up-and-comer Chris Hemsworth), who's banished to Earth to master his temper and discover his humility, has some fairly intense action/battle scenes. But although characters hit, spear, stab, and blow up their enemies, and weapons are used, the violence isn't particularly bloody or gory. There also isn't much swearing -- "hell" is about as forceful as it gets -- or sex (just kisses/flirting), and drinking is limited to some beer consumption. And underlying all of the mayhem, there's even a positive message about finding and learning from your weakness.

  • Families can talk about how this movie compares to other comic book-based adventures. Are these kind of movies only popular because they offer an escape, or is there more to them? What messages do they send?
  • Does the film make Norse mythology applicable to today's society? How?
  • How does the fact that much of the movie's violence is based in fantasyaffect its impact?

The good stuff
  • message true2

    Messages: The movie's subtext seems to be that "an eye for an eye" only ends up with everyone blind. The film also conveys the message that just governance requires wisdom and humility.

  • rolemodels true2

    Role models: A king wants to raise a son who's not only strong and courageous but also thoughtful and wise. A brother rates family loyalty very highly, though another struggles with it. And a smart scientist won't compromise her research.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: Plenty of action-packed battle sequences that have characters hitting, slamming, spearing, stabbing, lancing, and blowing up enemies. Much of it is done with special effects, so they're not exactly gory. Still, they're intense. Lots of screaming; a character charges into a top-secret location, tossing and punching those who stand in his way. Guns are drawn.

  • sex false1

    Sex: Some kisses. Characters comment on others' physique.

  • language false1

    Language: Language is rare -- just a couple of uses of words like "damn," "hell," "ass," and "oh my God."

  • consumerism false4

    Consumerism: Tie-in to vast quantities of related merchandise. Some strategically placed cereal boxes and a mention of a character in another comic book hero movie, Iron Man.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false2

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Some hearty ale-drinking at Norse revelries. Two men guzzle beer at a bar.

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