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The latest Marvel movie and the fourth in the Thor franchise, Thor: Love and Thunder, premiered in theaters on July 8th. It’s now been a week since the release, and the reviews are in, so what’s the consensus? Read on below to find out what people are saying about Thor: Love and Thunder.
So far, the newest Thor movie has been met with underwhelming reviews from both critics and fans. On review aggregator Metacritic, the movie has scored 57 out of 100 with critics and 5.5 out of 10 from casual viewers. The show received better reviews on Rotten Tomatoes but still only scored a 67% from critics and a 79% among members of the audience.
What are people saying about it?
So why is the movie receiving negative reviews? The sentiment from many viewers is that the new film pushed too hard to be funny and ended up appearing somewhat childish. Critics and casual fans alike used the words “amateurish” and “cringy.” Some of this criticism comes from fans that have been irritated over time with Marvel’s increasing tendency to turn superhero films into comedies more than action movies.
Critics’ reviews for the movie were scathing, and many critics mentioned that the movie doesn’t have a consistent storyline or tone. One critic from Slant Magazine said that, in the film, “a war against the gods feels like an afterthought to a bad rom-com.” The Seattle Times called it “a cheap corporate commercial for upcoming Marvel content,” and Vanity Fair called it ”the worst film yet in [the studio’s] long line of spectaculars, an erratic and fatally dull morass of limp jokes and aimless plotting.”
Previous ‘Thor’ movies
So far, the new movie has received similar critic reviews to the past three Thor movies, but it has been far less popular among fans compared to the previous films. Thor: Ragnarok was somewhat popular among critics, receiving an average rating of 74 on Metacritic, but Thor and Thor: The Dark World received a 57 and a 54, respectively.
Each of the previous Thor movies received above a 7 out of 10 from casual viewers on Metacritic, indicating that the reviews were “generally favorable.” Additionally, Thor: Ragnarok scored a 93% from critics and an 87% from audience members on Rotten Tomatoes.
Box office numbers
While the reviews certainly aren’t stellar, Thor: Love and Thunder has been a huge box office hit. The film earned $143 million in its opening weekend in North America, surpassing Thor: Ragnarok, which made $123 million in North America during its opening weekend.
Although it beats out previous Thor movies, Thor: Love and Thunder has taken the eighth spot in terms of opening weekend earnings when compared to other movie releases this year. The top spot is held by Top Gun: Maverick, with huge earnings of $604 million in its opening weekend, and the second spot is held by Marvel’s other big release of the summer, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.