Review Round Up: Thor: Ragnarok

Thor and company are back for a whole new adventure – but does it thrill critics? Here’s Love London Love Culture’s round up of the reviews… 

The Guardian: *** “it’s so winningly, unpretentiously funny. It basically throws up its hands at its own ridiculousness and plays it all for laughs – and it gets them.”

Den of Geek: *** “visually unique, narratively unpredictable and tonally audacious. But if you come out hating it…? Well, there’s a sporting chance too.”

Vox: “It’s the first Thor movie that will make you want to see more Thor movies, because it’s the first Thor movie with an idea of what makes its titular hero worth rooting for.” “Minor quibbles aside, Thor: Ragnarok is an absolute joy.”

Vanity Fair: “Ragnarok is silly and fun and zippy, a great showcase for star Chris Hemsworth’s increasingly reliable humor, and a solid introduction for Tessa Thompson’s Valkyrie and some other spirited supporting characters.”

Empire: **** “For the first time in 17 (count them) movies, Marvel has delivered something that isn’t an action movie leavened with humour, but a full-bore comedy using blockbuster spectacle as a backdrop for gags.” “There is a tendency to rely a bit too much on gags and pratfalls though, and there are a few moments that would have benefitted from a more sombre tone.”

The Independent: *** “Thor: Ragnarok is fun in its own kinetic, comic book fashion but it doesn’t have any dramatic urgency whatsoever.”

Rolling Stone: *** “the whole movie is a grab-bag of insanity so off-the-chain hilarious that you stick with it even when the convoluted plot goes haywire.”

Variety: ” Taika Waititi injects a welcome dose of self-parody into the character’s standalone series.”

Vulture: “There were moments in the newest Marvel extravaganza, Thor: Ragnarok,when I was having so fantastic a time that I resented the interruption of yet another brainless, weightless action sequence featuring a little computer-generated man throwing around and zapping other little computer-generated men.”

Telegraph: **** “much of its charm lies in watching the characters bounce off each other, verbally and physically, when they could be making themselves useful. ”

Evening Standard: “Regardless, its preference for wit over CGI exhibitionism and portentous cod mythologising makes this among the best of Marvel’s 17 films, and by an Asgardian country mile the funniest.”

NME:**** “The change in tone asks a lot of Hemsworth, who has to pivot Thor from a semi-brooding hero to a vain, but still capable, doofus. He nails it, showing expert comic timing.”

Express: **** “Ragnarok is unpretentious high-spirited entertainment that feels like a breath of fresh air.”

The Times: **** “This joyously silly superhero movie strikes a hammer blow against po-faced bravado.”

Time Out: **** “If Ragnarok is the funniest Marvel movie to date—topping Guardians of the Galaxy and Iron Man 3—it’s not without frustrations.”

Thor: Ragnarok  is out in cinemas now. 

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