Box art for Thor: The Dark World

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
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
Positive role models
3 out of 5
2 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

4 stars

Exciting and fun -- although the "aether" at the center of the plot is almost undecipherable, forced and improbable. Heck, the whole film is improbable -- but it's really nice to look at. Sadly, this is not one of Anthony Hopkins finest films -- that is, unless hamminess passes as Shakespearean in Asgard.

- cchclaw, Sunday, April 6, 2014