Metascore
54

Mixed or average reviews - based on 44 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 44
  2. Negative: 3 out of 44
  1. Reviewed by: Jamie S. Rich
    Nov 6, 2013
    83
    The big battle in Thor: The Dark World is one of Marvel’s more genuinely rousing sequences. Once this movie gets warmed up, it’s warm through and through.
  2. Reviewed by: Neil Smith
    Oct 24, 2013
    80
    Marvel’s man with the mallet does all that’s required of him in a breakneck sequel that’s never dark for long. Next time, though, we’ll have more Loki and fewer elves.
  3. Reviewed by: Chris Hewitt (1)
    Oct 22, 2013
    80
    For a movie that has dark in its title, and which is — yes! — darker (people die, Asgard is grimier, as befitting Alan Taylor’s Game Of Thrones heritage), Thor 2.0 is consistently amusing.
  4. Reviewed by: R. Kurt Osenlund
    Nov 6, 2013
    75
    Superhero movies aren't going anywhere, nor is their standard, on-to-the-next-fight structure, so it's heartening to see a gem that grandly and amusingly fills in the blanks.
  5. Reviewed by: Eric Kohn
    Nov 6, 2013
    75
    Like Whedon's whip-smart "Avengers" screenplay, Thor: The Dark World manages to acknowledge the inherently silly nature of its premise while compellingly asserting that, hey, sometimes it's fun to suspend your disbelief when the results look this good.
  6. Reviewed by: Ian Buckwalter
    Nov 8, 2013
    70
    The lack of chemistry between Hemsworth and Portman, plain enough in the first Thor movie, is still a problem here, but at least they've largely ditched the starry-eyed schoolgirl routine.
  7. Reviewed by: Andrew O'Hehir
    Nov 7, 2013
    70
    It’s a highly capable sequel that drinks long and deep from the established Marvel legendarium and brings back all the key players from Kenneth Branagh’s 2011 hit “Thor.”
  8. Reviewed by: Keith Phipps
    Nov 5, 2013
    70
    It looks like no other movie, Marvel or otherwise, and it’s populated by characters compelling enough to support a more complex, richer story than this one.
  9. 70
    Thor: The Dark World gets a lot more entertaining in the second hour, when the shape-shifting Loki is sprung from his cell (for complicated reasons) and immediately begins trading bitchy insults with his forthright, manly brother.
  10. Reviewed by: Justin Chang
    Oct 22, 2013
    70
    This robust, impersonal visual-effects showpiece proves buoyant and unpretentious enough to offset its stew of otherwise derivative fantasy/action elements.
  11. Reviewed by: A.A. Dowd
    Nov 6, 2013
    67
    Forget the fairy-tale romance between Jane and her hammer-wielding hunk. The real emotional center of the Thor series is this sibling rivalry, more compelling than any climactic battle royale or winking teaser for the next chapter.
  12. Reviewed by: Kimberley Jones
    Nov 6, 2013
    67
    After the recent rash of superhero end-spectacles as long-winded and self-serious as a term paper, the limited ambition of The Dark World’s climax is a relief. It scuttles all term paper aspirations and instead humbly lobs a thesis statement-slash-open invitation: Let’s have some fun, shall we? And so we did.
  13. Reviewed by: Owen Gleiberman
    Nov 6, 2013
    67
    Hiddleston, with pleading eyes and a mad-dog grin, plays Loki as a wounded sociopath who's cackling at the world but seething on the inside. Which makes you realize he's just about the only character in the movie who has an inside.
  14. Reviewed by: James Berardinelli
    Nov 8, 2013
    63
    The movie is pretty to look at in a "Transformers" sort of way and moves briskly enough that it never threatens to bore, but it's hard to feel much of anything about the characters and, when it's all over, there's a sense that everything that happens is obligatory.
  15. Reviewed by: Steven Rea
    Nov 8, 2013
    63
    One of the problems with The Dark World is that its monsters and angry armies and visual effects are interchangeable with Peter Jackson's Tolkien pics, with Clash of the Titans, with The Avengers, with Man of Steel, and on and on. These superhero movies. These Middle Earth movies. These mythic god movies. It's getting hard to tell them apart.
  16. Reviewed by: Simon Abrams
    Nov 8, 2013
    63
    Thor: The Dark World's characters are often very charming, but they're only so much fun when they're stuck going through the motions.
  17. Reviewed by: Dave McGinn
    Nov 7, 2013
    63
    A good model of how superheroes can save the world without forced gravitas, and have fun doing it.
  18. Reviewed by: Joe Williams
    Nov 7, 2013
    63
    Compared to other Marvel characters, Thor is a difficult sell.
  19. Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    Nov 7, 2013
    63
    This Thor sequel is way funnier than any movie subtitled The Dark World has a right to be (thanks, Hiddleston). And the blowout climax pitting Thor against Malekith and the elves is excitingly staged. It's just that waiting for the good stuff can be a real mood-killer.
  20. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    Nov 7, 2013
    63
    So how's this "Thor" sequel? It's fairly entertaining. Same old threats of galaxy annihilation, spiced with fish-out-of-water jokes.
  21. Reviewed by: Richard Roeper
    Nov 7, 2013
    63
    At times Thor: The Dark World does fire on all cylinders, with fine work from the returning cast, a handful of hilarious sight gags and some cool action sequences. But it’s also more than a little bit silly and quite ponderous and overly reliant on special effects that are more confusing than exhilarating.
  22. 63
    The design is brighter and sharper, the jokes are broader and the villainy utterly generic in this by-the-(comic)-book adaptation.
  23. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Nov 6, 2013
    60
    There’s nothing in Thor: The Dark World that wasn’t done better in “Thor,” or a lot better in “The Avengers.” Except Tom Hiddleston’s performance as Loki.
  24. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Nov 6, 2013
    60
    Thor: The Dark World may not be thunder from the movie gods, but it is — shock! — an entertaining journey into mystery, action and fun.
  25. Reviewed by: Tom Huddleston
    Oct 29, 2013
    60
    This is a deeply silly, extremely noisy and sometimes impenetrable action movie that’s drowning in CGI, wild overacting and mullets. And it’s enormously entertaining.
  26. Reviewed by: Ben Child
    Oct 23, 2013
    60
    No amount of tool-wielding heroism can save The Dark World from being a startlingly unbalanced movie.
  27. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    Nov 8, 2013
    58
    My favorite moment in the movie: Astrophysicist Erik Selvig (Stellan Skarsgard) insisting on wearing only his underwear because he says he thinks better that way. Hey, whatever works.
  28. Reviewed by: Kate Erbland
    Nov 5, 2013
    52
    If only all of Thor: The Dark World could capture the magic of its last act, the film wouldn’t feel like such a chink in Marvel’s otherwise solid armor.
  29. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Nov 7, 2013
    50
    Bigger is not always better. Thor: The Dark World pumps up the action and special effects and loses some of the human element that made the original "Thor" something charming and unexpected. True, this sequel gets better as it goes along, but that's a very steep climb just to arrive at not bad.
  30. Reviewed by: Steve Persall
    Nov 7, 2013
    50
    Poor Thor. Dude can't even hold center stage in his own movie. He's the Asgardian god of stolen thunder, upstaged at each ab turn by Loki, malarkey and Odin's eyepatch.
  31. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Nov 7, 2013
    50
    Has its moments of visual invention and self-aware humor — mostly when the hero’s trickster brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston) is around — but otherwise it’s an awkwardly plotted extravaganza.
  32. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Nov 7, 2013
    50
    Leaden, non-involving and filled with mind-numbing computer-generated effects.
  33. Reviewed by: Rene Rodriguez
    Nov 7, 2013
    50
    There’s a fleet and funny comic-book movie nestled inside Thor: The Dark World. You catch glimpses of it here and there.
  34. Reviewed by: Michael O'Sullivan
    Nov 7, 2013
    50
    Hiddleston steals the show here, making wickedness and treachery look a heck of a lot more fun than virtue.
  35. Reviewed by: Leslie Felperin
    Oct 22, 2013
    50
    Although director Alan Taylor manages to get things going properly for the final battle in London, the long stretches before that on Asgard and the other branches of Yggdrasil are a drag.
  36. Reviewed by: Oliver Lyttelton
    Oct 22, 2013
    50
    A film that is enjoyable in spots, but haphazard and ultimately unsatisfying.
  37. Reviewed by: Mike Scott
    Nov 8, 2013
    40
    None of that is to say that Thor: The Dark World is a bad movie, necessarily. I would never speak ill of a man with a giant, magical hammer. At the same time, hammer or no hammer, it doesn't quite nail it, either.
  38. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    Nov 7, 2013
    40
    The clutter makes your head feel like it's about to explode - and not in a good way, with wonders upon wonders. Instead it seems like arcana that might show up on the midterm final: the next Marvel movie.
  39. Reviewed by: David Fear
    Nov 6, 2013
    40
    This is a superhero movie that feels like it might have been made by anyone and no one at the same time, simply space-filler before the next big team-up movie.
  40. Reviewed by: Amy Nicholson
    Nov 5, 2013
    40
    Lacking Iron Man’s wit, the Hulk’s brains, and the Captain’s ideals, he’s in peril of going poof himself if the franchise doesn’t figure out how to capitalize on its most glorious hero.
  41. Reviewed by: Robbie Collin
    Oct 22, 2013
    40
    It feels entirely made by committee – the definition of house style, without a personal stamp in sight.
  42. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Nov 6, 2013
    38
    "Dark World” is low-stakes, low-emotion, lowbrow.
  43. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    Nov 7, 2013
    30
    The battle scenes are as lacking in heat and coherence as the central love story.
  44. Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    Nov 7, 2013
    30
    The larger problem, transcending all realms, is that this action-adventure sequel from Marvel soon turns so dumb and 3-D-murky that it hurts.
User Score
7.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 743 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 12 out of 167
  1. Nov 8, 2013
    10
    Thor 2 is a huge improvement over Thor 1. Everything about this movie excelled my expectations, The action is truly epic, its a lot more brutal and darker. the Villain was done properly!! finally Marvel!! Malekeith is brutal, heartless, and a force to be reckon with, his personal bodyguard gave Thor some much needed challenge. Loki is brilliant as always, the movie rarely slows down and the action has a great pace, it has some cheesy moments with awkward humor, but does not distract from the overall experience. Thor uses all his powers and the effects are superb. DO NOT MISS THE BEGINNING CREDITS AND THE POST CREDITS SCENES.

    PS: dat shape shifting cameo, genius
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  2. Nov 8, 2013
    9
    Thor 2 is a massive improvement over Thor. be It the Story Acting Action or even the Direction the Highlight of the Movie is the Chemistry Between Thor n Loki. Loved the Scenes between Loki n His Mom. the Movie is Action Packed. It has enough Humor n Seriousness packed in this one.
    The only Flaw is that the Movie starts a bit Slow. Better than expected 9/10
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  3. Nov 8, 2013
    9
    Thor: The Dark World is packed with brilliant dialogue and humour throughout. The story itself expands greatly on the various characters previously met along with introducing a couple new ones. A brilliant film and a must watch to anyone who enjoyed the first film. Full Review »