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Thor: The Dark World

  • Rated PG13
  • HD and SD formats available

action & adventure

In the aftermath of Marvel's "Thor" and "Marvel's The Avengers," Thor fights to restore order across the cosmos...but an ancient race led by the vengeful Malekith returns to plunge the universe back into darkness.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

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common sense

ON for kids age 13
Positive role models
3 out of 5
2 out of 5
3 out of 5
4 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
2 out of 5
3 out of 5
Positive messages
3 out of 5

Teen-friendly comic-book sequel is brutal but not gory.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that Thor: The Dark World is a teen-friendly follow-up to 2011's Thor, continuing where the adventures of that film -- as well as Marvel's The Avengers -- left off. The comic book-based action film treads on heavy ground, with moody characters prone to power-hungry moves and rage-filled conquests, and with intense battle scenes involving lots of stabbing, shooting, and punching, but it's not so much bloody as brutal. (We don't, in fact, see a lot of blood.) Expect some occasional swearing ("hell" and a few instances of "s--t") and some kissing.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the violence in the movie. Are scenes of battle and violence in comic-book-based, CGI-enhanced movies any different than live-action sequences that show reality-based fights?
  • What is this movie saying about family bonds and the struggle for power? Does it add anything new to the conversation?
  • Are the female characters in the movie strong and empowered? Or are they variations on the damsel-in-distress trope?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: A wildly uneven but entertaining sequel to one of Marvel Comics' most enduring franchises.

- Bruce Diones, New Yorker, Monday, November 25, 2013

Fresh: Though hardly a must-see, Thor: The Dark World is better than the original: a looser, loopier hybrid of science fiction and fantasy powered by a pair of magnetic performances and leavened with a number of truly witty moments.

- Christopher Orr, The Atlantic, Friday, November 8, 2013

Fresh: The latest chapter in Marvel's never-ending story takes a while to find its narrative momentum, but its later, better scenes have a loony oomph that drowns out your misgivings.

- Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune, Thursday, November 7, 2013

Audience Reviews

3 stars

Thor: The Dark World is not better than the first, but a worthy second adventure for the bulky hero and his hammer and works better than the other two Iron Man sequels. It's a big, epic and hammer-smashing good time. A terrifically exciting and wonderfully entertaining action-packed adventure. It's loaded with hard-hitting action sequences, gorgeous special effects and terrific humor. It's sharp, funny and explosively enjoyable all the way to the end which delivers an exciting ending. A spectacular and outstanding mix of science, magic and imagination. Chris Hemsworth is excellent once again as the the hero, Thor. Tom Hiddleston is outstadning. Hiddleston and Hemsworth still have great chemistry together and totally make the movie in every scene they are in together. It's pure fun in a solidly entertaining adventure.

- allan913, Tuesday, March 4, 2014

4 stars

There's a certain enjoyment I get out of the Thor films that isn't specific to the rest of the Marvel cineverse, and I think it's most likely due to the fact that these films don't take themselves very seriously. It's not trying to be another Nolan centric film, casting the protagonist in the darkness and grittiness of death and destruction. Its lead is often daft to logic, and says quite humorous things, while also being invincibly strong. The villains are always creepy but not overdone, so they retain their venomous vigor, and the world created is heavy CGI and yet looks quite real, in part due to the production crew using Norway as a backdrop in the principle photography. Even Natalie Portman's character, Jane, finally finds some use within the plot, other than romantic interest and scientist bystander. Of course Loki (Hiddleston) makes an appearance, which is great since he is the most complex, earnest, interesting villain to come around since Ledger's Joker. This is a really great sequel as well, and did a great job of including "The Avengers" plotline into the dialogue. Just a great effort and a very enjoyable superhero movie overall.

- FrizzDrop, Monday, March 17, 2014

4 stars

Very enjoyable! As always, Marvel studios has done it again. They just keep getting better, and better. If you liked the Avengers, you will love this. Thor, and Loki, are just plain outstanding. A feast for the eyes, and for fantasy buffs. Humorous. Action packed. Just loads of fun!

- itsjustme2004, Monday, March 31, 2014