Movie review by
S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommendPopular with kids
Surprisingly complex superhero action-adventure.
  • PG-13
  • 2011
  • 114 minutes

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 65 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 180 reviews

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Positive Messages

The movie's subtext seems to be that "an eye for an eye" only ends up with everyone blind. The film also conveys the message that just governance requires wisdom and humility.

Positive Role Models & Representations

A king wants to raise a son who's not only strong and courageous but also thoughtful and wise. A brother rates family loyalty very highly, though another struggles with it. And a smart scientist won't compromise her research.


Plenty of action-packed battle sequences that have characters hitting, slamming, spearing, stabbing, lancing, and blowing up enemies. Much of it is done with special effects, so they're not exactly gory. Still, they're intense. Lots of screaming; a character charges into a top-secret location, tossing and punching those who stand in his way. Guns are drawn.


Some kisses. Characters comment on others' physique.


Language is rare -- just a couple of uses of words like "damn," "hell," "ass," and "oh my God."


Tie-in to vast quantities of related merchandise. Some strategically placed cereal boxes and a mention of a character in another comic book hero movie, Iron Man.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Some hearty ale-drinking at Norse revelries. Two men guzzle beer at a bar.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this comic book-based action movie about the Norse god Thor (played by 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent Written bynuenjins May 7, 2015

Thor could have gone VERY wrong but done superbly well.

Putting a 'god' into the Marvel mix of Avengers heroes sound...well...stupid and unlikely at first until you see how they pulled it off. Kenneth Brana... Continue reading
Parent of a 14-year-old Written byRory L. February 13, 2018

Deserves Many Rounds of Applause

Thor is a great movie for families and teens alike. It teaches kids Norse Mythology while watching a "superhero movie." In the beginning Thor is garis... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byShowman movie13 April 14, 2019

Good but not to good.

This movie is one of my favorite. All though it does has some intense images. This movie is not all that good.
Kid, 12 years old May 7, 2011

the power of thor

awesome movie, with lots of "end-of-the-world" action. some swear words like "hell" and "dumba**"

What's the story?

After his son THOR (Chris Hemsworth) storms Yodenheim -- the realm that the Norse gods' native Asgard has been in an uncertain peace with for eons -- because of an unexpected attack from the Frost Giants, Odin (Anthony Hopkins) banishes him and his hammer to Earth. There, Thor literally runs into an astrophysicist (Natalie Portman) who impresses him; he also learns humility and grace. Meanwhile, Thor's brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston) has risen to power as Odin lies in a restless sleep. The Frost Giants are out for revenge, and everywhere, including Earth, is in peril.

Is it any good?

Armed with lessons about international politics and diplomacy, this is an entertaining, surprisingly astute film defined by top-shelf special effects and a compelling, if crowded, storyline. The initial political fracas that leads to Thor's banishment is United Nations-worthy. (Who says fantasy movies can't be cerebral?) Nearly every character is somewhat layered, especially Loki, who's played to chilling effect by Hiddleston.

Still, it's disappointing that Jane is -- par for the course for most comic book-movie love interests -- rather flimsily drawn. No matter how sensible and smart she is, she crumbles at the sight of an impressive six-pack. (Okay, 8-pack.) It's an annoyance, but not a spoiler. Thor is fun to watch, period.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how Thor 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?

  • What makes humility a theme of the movie? Why is that an important character strength?

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