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  • Summary: Thunder, an abandoned young cat, stumbles into an old mansion operated by a dazzling array of automatons and gizmos. Owned by a retired magician, the house is occupied by an assortment of his wacky assistants who don’t all welcome the new houseguest. But when the magician lands in theThunder, an abandoned young cat, stumbles into an old mansion operated by a dazzling array of automatons and gizmos. Owned by a retired magician, the house is occupied by an assortment of his wacky assistants who don’t all welcome the new houseguest. But when the magician lands in the hospital and his scheming nephew puts the mansion up for sale, our young hero and his new family join forces to save their House of Magic. Expand
  • Director: Ben Stassen and Jeremy Degruson
  • Genre(s): Adventure, Fantasy, Comedy, Animation, Family
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Runtime: 85 min
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 13
  2. Negative: 3 out of 13
  1. Reviewed by: Mark Jenkins
    Sep 4, 2014
    75
    “Thunder” doesn’t boast a distinctive look or a cast of famous voices. But its characters are engaging and its action sequences exhilarating.
  2. Reviewed by: Angie Errigo
    Sep 3, 2014
    60
    A curious mix of Britpop music cues and moppet-bait storytelling makes for a diverting, if derivative kids' animation.
  3. Reviewed by: Guy Lodge
    Sep 3, 2014
    60
    It’s a thin premise that cues much cheery knockabout comedy, with ample scope for impressively whooshy 3D tracking shots.
  4. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    Sep 4, 2014
    60
    The story is unremarkable, but its execution zings.
  5. Reviewed by: Sherilyn Connelly
    Sep 3, 2014
    50
    The story is serviceable enough.
  6. Reviewed by: Peter Bradshaw
    Sep 3, 2014
    40
    It is soulless, like something that has been generated by a computer programme.
  7. Reviewed by: Charles Solomon
    Sep 4, 2014
    30
    Directors Ben Stassen and Jérémie Degruson have assembled so many clichés and bits borrowed from other films that "Thunder" feels like a rerun on its first viewing.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 1 out of 3
  1. Nov 13, 2014
    10
    Loved this movie! It's simple and has a good story, well at least for a kid's movie. I don't understand the other reviews complaining aboutLoved this movie! It's simple and has a good story, well at least for a kid's movie. I don't understand the other reviews complaining about the story since it's made to easy going for families. To be honest, I don't like movies like Cars 2 and Wall-E, that have political agendas and try to manipulate kids into thinking a certain way. A kid's movie should have humor, a simple, fun story, and likeable characters, which this film does. Overall, it was a great movie and you should definitely check it out! Expand
  2. Sep 11, 2014
    7
    i recently saw "Thunder and the House of Magic" and before i start review, let me say this: i went into this movie expecting to shred it toi recently saw "Thunder and the House of Magic" and before i start review, let me say this: i went into this movie expecting to shred it to pieces, i was expecting it to be terrible. why? cause it's co-written and directed by the same guy who did "Fly Me to the Moon", and that movie was terrible. so, i was expecting this movie to just as bad. but then, i walked out pleasantly surprised. to be fully honest, i actually really enjoyed this movie. now mind you, it's not a great movie by all means and it's definitely not close to being a great movie, but for what it is "Thunder" was actually a pretty entertaining little movie. first of all, the animation's really appealing and it does deliver some really good visuals. too bad i didn't get to see it in theaters in 3D, but even without 3D it was still good to look at. the characters are cute and appealing too. i cared and routed for Thunder the cat, the side characters were really well-realized too - especially Lawrence the magician and the little gizmos in his house - and also the villain was actually pretty good. now, the problems lie within a few stuff. mainly, the story. it's nothing new, we've seen this done a hundred times before and it plays really by-the-numbers, making it predictable. all that aside, i still enjoyed "Thunder and the House of Magic", it was a surprisingly good effort put into a movie and not like - ya know - the movie with the houseflies. ugh, that movie! so when you're bored and got nothing better to do, just give this movie a watch. by all means, it's not great, but it'll still keep entertained. Expand
  3. Oct 24, 2014
    0
    In all honesty movies like these that are the lowest of all low they should be illegal. I may have complained about allot of kids movies forIn all honesty movies like these that are the lowest of all low they should be illegal. I may have complained about allot of kids movies for the same mistakes but this is a modern flick and doesn't do anything better than all the other trashy poorly written unmemorable slap stick piles of shame. Here's why. Movies about where a lost ginger kitten gets left behind by his owners and stumbles upon a unique house, where he finds a bunch of animals a nice old man stereo type, that loves cats and also a business man willing to buy the house through illegal methods. So most of the movie is about keeping the house from being sold, doesn't this remind you of the plot of Nanny Mc Phee and The Big Bang which if you want to go even further, back rips off the original Wayne's World script, making not the most original movie ever. The main character Thunder may seem likeable at first but he is under flawed and never really progresses throughout the movie, he also has quite bad voice acting. The movie is extremely repetitive its just a bunch of people going into a house then the movie throws physical comedy in your face which isn't remotely humorous and I didn't grin once in this movie. The ending is obvious, the music is annoying most of the characters are predictable, I am sick of this kind of plastic art style and the writing doesn't get any better its offensive to the eyes, ears and mainly the brain. This kind of repeating failure in many kids comedies just sickens me, I don't even know why I decided to watch this movie in the first place, even the trailer sucked there are better movies out there with the same goals but produced much better unless you have no self respect in fact even if you have no self respect go chew your gum and go see something else. Even gently crying into a pillow is better than this. Expand