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  • Rated PG13
  • HD and SD formats available

action & adventure, drama

The powerful but arrogant warrior Thor is cast out of the fantastic realm of Asgard and sent to live amongst humans on Earth, where he soon becomes one of their finest defenders.

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common sense

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

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.

what families can talk about

  • 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?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: The visuals are breathtaking without it, all swirling cosmic nebulae and mythic cityscapes of the Norse-god capital Asgard.

- Amy Biancolli, Houston Chronicle, Friday, May 6, 2011

Fresh: 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...

- Anthony Lane, New Yorker, Monday, May 16, 2011

Fresh: Nothing against the buff, blond God of Thunder, but Thor just doesn't have a built-in wow factor among the nongeek brigade.

- Chris Vognar, Dallas Morning News, Friday, May 6, 2011

Audience Reviews

0 star


- fb1378820053, Tuesday, April 16, 2013

2 stars


- aquateen2, Sunday, June 16, 2013

2 stars

The son of Odin is banished to Earth after provoking war with a neighbouring realm and finds he must prove himself worthy in order to return to Asgard to prevent his brother from usurping their father and claiming the crown for himself. The Iron Man franchise, together with Avengers Assemble have proven that Marvel comics can provide a platform for some highly entertaining cinema that can appeal to a wide age range. Thor unfortunately is a throwback to the days of the preposterous man-in-tights-grows-as-a-person morality tale. Thor himself is a bit like a rubbish Superman who talks in cod Shakespearian prose like a refugee from 300, with his half-arsed band of merry men in tow to provide some sub-Lord Of The Rings CGI infested action. The scenes in Asgard are painfully pompous and dull, with Antony Hopkins on autopilot standing in as the standard superhero movie rent-a-thesp and the entire cast (with the possible exception of Stellan Skarsgard) are pretty awful, but the clunky, immature dialogue they have to work with absolves them of much of the blame. I can't help the feeling that Branagh tackled this project under some duress because the whole film feels like a half-hearted TV movie. Not one of Marvel Studios better moments by a long chalk.

- garyX, Tuesday, July 2, 2013