The critic scores for Marvel Studios and Taika Waititi’s Thor: Love and Thunder are rolling in.
On Rotten Tomatoes, the film currently has a middling 71% on the Tomatometer with the average rating being a 6.8 out of 10. There are 110 fresh reviews and 44 rotten ones.
The film has a pretty abysmal score of 59% on the Top Critics Tomatometer with an average rating of 6.6 out of 10 with 24 fresh reviews and 17 rotten reviews.
Here’s what some of the critics are saying:
Michael Phillips at Chicago Tribune gives the film a fresh 2.5 out of 4. He writes, “Do these zigzags and mood swings work? Not entirely. But at its fizziest, the camaraderie among the principals buoys the picture.”
Weniel Ma at News.com.au gives the film a rotten 2.5 out of 5. She writes, “Disjointed and, at times, verging on incomprehensible, Thor: Love and Thunder is a mishmash of genres that doesn’t always flow.”
Erik Childress at Movie Madness Podcast gives the movie a rotten 1 out of 4. He writes, “Did not think it was possible to make a worse Thor film than The Dark World, but Taika Waititi appears to have pulled it off. Love and Thunder now ranks as the low point in the MCU.”
Todd Gilchrist at AV Club gives the film a B. He writes, “Portman and (especially) Bale contribute more than enough capital-A acting bona fides to lend deeper emotional dimensions to Waititi’s loose, occasionally too-cheerful but always visually adventuresome adaptation of Jason Aaron’s stint on the Mighty Thor.”
Katie Walsh at Tribune News Service gave the film a rotten 2 out of 4. She wrote, “‘Love and Thunder’ proves the bloom is off the rose when it comes to Waititi’s cutesy take on the God of Thunder.”
Nick Schager at The Daily Beast gives the film a rotten review. He writes, “Everything is pitched at such a frantically insistent pace that the intended laughs die on the vine.”
Randy Myers at San Jose Mercury News gives the film a 3 out of 4. He writes, “‘Thor: Love and Thunder’ is one of the most enjoyable MCU romps in a while; one that actually that mirrors the spirit of reading a gone-rogue comic book.”
Chris Bumbray at JoBlo gives the film a fresh rating. He writes, “One of the wackiest Marvel movies ever, but also the best all-around film since Avengers Endgame.”
Robert Kojder at Flickering Myth gives the film a 3 out of 5. He writes, “The final 45 minutes do plenty of heavy lifting and carry thunderous stakes and consequences, but it’s nowhere near enough to love this”
Peter Howell at Toronto Star gives the film a rotten 2.5 out of 4. He writes, “[Waititi] ups the absurdity and the antics from his first go at the Norse myth narrative, with many recycled gags and diminishing returns.”
Kristen Acuna at Insider gives the film a B+. She writes, “If you liked 2017’s ‘Thor: Ragnarok,’ you’ll enjoy this, even if it does follow a few beats from the previous film a bit closely.”
Julian Roman at MovieWeb gives the movie a 3 out of 5. Roman writes, “Thor: Love and Thunder returns the Norse god to his bulging biceps in a hilarious sequel that borders on slapstick. The film questions the fundamental tenets of faith and religion. Not all of it works, but I chuckled consistently through a breezy runtime.”
Emma Stefansky as Thrillist gives the film a rotten review. She writes, “Love and Thunder is badly paced, greenscreened into oblivion, and the constant dribble of jokes and jabs undercuts any attempt at plotting an emotional arc.”
Joshua Rivera at Polygon gives the film a rotten review. He writes, “Thor: Love and Thunder isn’t just a misfire, it’s a scam.”
Eric Francisco at Inverse gives the film a rotten review. He writes, “But in a movie obsessed with Guns N Roses needle drops, Love and Thunder can’t find a singular, original rhythm of its own.”
On Metacritic the film has an awful Metascore of 61 with 23 positive reviews, 14 mixed reviews and 3 negative reviews.
Here’s what the critics are saying on Metacritic:
Therese Lacson at Collider gave the film a perfect 100. She writes, “I never once rolled my eyes at a joke that was clearly dropped in, so it could be a zinger and make it to the trailer. It successfully silenced a rather jaded MCU fan by offering a story that had it all without having to sacrifice its soul to the MCU machine that is eager to churn out stories for future phases.”
Owen Gleiberman at Variety gives the film a 90. He writes, “It’s the mix of tones — the cheeky and the deadly, the flip and the romantic — that elevates “Thor: Love and Thunder” by keeping it not just brashly unpredictable but emotionally alive.”
Brian Truitt at USA Today gives the film an 88. He writes, “There is more than enough magic, music and muscle to go around – everybody’s so ripped, Love and Thunder often seems like a Frank Frazetta painting come to life.”
Johnny Oleksinski at New York Post gives the movie an 88 as well. He says, “Love and Thunder is an urgent reminder that in order for the MCU to keep going, in an entertaining, soulful way, creativity and innovation is required. You can’t just say “multiverse” 1,000 times and call it a movie.”
Clarisse Loughrey at The Independent gives the movie an 80. She says, “Of course, Ragnarok’s distinctive humour is carried over, and there’s a blissfully dumb running joke about a pair of giant, heavy metal-screaming goats. But, really, it’s the heart that matters here.”
Robbie Collin at The Telegraph also gives the film an 80. He writes, “Forget computer-generated spandex: that top must be the single most psychologically precise piece of costuming in the entire Marvel project. That it also looks completely at home beside Hemsworth’s scarlet cape and induction-hob breastplate might be the neatest encapsulation to date of the franchise’s charms.”
Ben Kendrick at ScreenRant gives the movie an 80 as well. He says, “Thor: Love and Thunder is a return to form for the MCU: delivering a great solo story that is emotional, exciting, and downright funny as hell.”
Leah Greenblatt at Entertainment Weekly gives the film a 75. She says, “Even in Valhalla or Paradise City, though, there is still love and loss; Thor dutifully delivers both, and catharsis in a climax that inevitably doubles as a setup for the next installment.”
Liz Shannon Miller at Consequence gives the movie a 75. She writes, “The surface-level delights are pretty damn delightful, as is Waititi’s ability to just let things be strange for no clear reason other than, well, it’s fun or cool or hilarious.”
Tom Jorgensen at IGN gives the film a 70. He writes, “Thor: Love and Thunder is held back by a cookie-cutter plot and a mishandling of supporting characters, but succeeds as the MCU’s first romantic comedy thanks to Chris Hemsworth and Natalie Portman’s chemistry.”
Ann Hornaday at The Washington Post gives the film a 63. She reviews, “By now, it must be said, the quips are beginning to wear a little thin, the vinyl-era needle drops a little less cool, the quotation marks a little more obvious among the ironic references and self-mocking bonhomie. Still, Thor: Love and Thunder is out for a good time, even if the journey doesn’t feel quite so novel or giddily buoyant.”
Donald Clarke at The Irish Times gives the movie a 60. He writes, “A strange, strange film. Often in a good way. Sometimes not.”
Alonso Duralde at TheWrap gives the movie a 55. He writes, “If this latest one was aiming to mix it up by giving equal weight to the masks of comedy and tragedy, it’s an effort that falls short.”
Stephanie Zacharek at Time gives the film a 40. She writes, “Thor: Love and Thunder is packed with gags and jokes, advertising itself so loudly as “Fun!” that it ceases to actually be fun. This is the way with Waititi, a gifted director who, now that he’s no longer required to wield a light touch, seems to have forgotten how to do so.”
Richard Whittaker at The Austin Chronicle gives the film a 30. He says, “What’s fundamentally uninteresting about Love and Thunder is Waititi’s inability to recognize any character development over the last decade, or to move Thor forward.”
Scott Greenstone gives the film a 25 at The Seattle Times. He reviews, “I wished I was actually watching “Batman and Robin” or “Superman IV,” because for all their camp, those movies felt less pointless and more human than “Thor 4,” a cheap corporate commercial for upcoming Marvel content.”
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