Critics Consensus

Critics Consensus: Thor is Certified Fresh

Plus, Something Borrowed and Jumping the Broom are both marital mishaps.

by | May 6, 2011 | Comments

This week at the movies, we’ve got a mighty Norse god (Thor, starring Chris Hemsworth and Natalie Portman), a love triangle (Something Borrowed, starring Kate Hudson and Ginnifer Goodwin), and wedding bell blues (Jumping the Broom, starring Angela Bassett and Loretta Devine). What do the critics have to say?



Blockbuster time! Now that summer’s here, all we need is a good superhero movie to kick things off in grand style. And critics say we’ve got one with Thor, a robust, thrilling adventure with smarts and sly laughs. Chris Hemsworth stars as the God of Thunder, who’s been exiled from Asgard after heedlessly starting a war. Bannished to Earth (and sans his superpowers), this legendary Norseman must learn humility – and defend humanity against the evildoers from his realm. The pundits say the Certified Fresh Thor may not occupy the first tier of Marvel movies, but Hemsworth makes for a compelling hero, and director Kenneth Branagh brings both panache and a sense of fun to the proceedings. (Check out this week’s Total Recall, in which we run down memorable Viking movies.)

Something Borrowed


For a romantic comedy to succeed, one needs to truly care about the characters. It sounds simple, but it’s harder to pull off, and critics say Something Borrowed falters because it can’t get at the humanity beneath its farcical premise. The movie stars Ginnifer Goodwin as a sweet young woman who’s just started an affair with the guy she’s had a crush on since forever. One problem: he’s engaged to her best friend (Kate Hudson). Can our heroine save her friendship and keep the object of her affection without ruffling feathers? The pundits say Something Borrowed never delves into the moral dilemma its setup promises, and instead focuses on bland characterizations and predictable genre elements at the expense of relatable human behavior.

Jumping the Broom


We’re in the midst of wedding season, so it’s no surprise to see a wedding comedy hitting theaters. But while critics say Jumping the Broom has some strong performances and moments of sweetness, it’s unfortunately bogged down in clichés and an overabundance of subplots. The plot: two families gather in Martha’s Vineyard for a wedding — the bride is from an affluent clan, while the groom’s family is blue collar — and friction quickly becomes the order of the day. Can everyone agree to put conflict on the back burner for the sake of our couple? The pundits say Broom benefits from strong performances (particularly Angela Bassett and Loretta Devine as the family matriarchs) and some vigorous laughs, but unfortunately it’s too long – and its plot is too overstuffed — to work as a breezy comedy of manners.

Also opening this week in limited release:

  • Caterpillar, a drama about a soldier’s psychological descent after returning home from the second Sino-Japanese War, is at 100 percent.
  • Hobo With a Shotgun, starring starring Rutger Hauer as a hobo with a shotgun, is at 83 percent (check out Hauer’s Five Favorite Films here).
  • Forks Over Knives, a documentary that asks whether a diet free of processed and meat based-foods is healthier, is at 83 percent.
  • Harvest, a naturalistic portrait of a family that’s dealing with health problems and personal issues, is at 80 percent.
  • Octubre, a dark comedy about an emotionally distant man who finds himself caring for a baby, is at 67 percent.
  • The Beaver, starring Mel Gibson and Jodie Foster in the tale of a troubled man who finds solace by communicating with a beaver puppet, is at 69 percent.
  • Last Night, starring Keira Knightley and Sam Worthington as a married couple whose relationship may give way to temptation, is at 47 percent.
  • Daydream Nation, starring Kat Dennings and Josh Lucas in a dramedy about a girl who moves to a new school and falls for her youthful teacher, is at 44 percent.
  • There Be Dragons, a historical drama about the founding of Opus Dei, is at 20 percent.
  • An Invisible Sign, starring Jessica Alba as a socially awkward young woman who becomes a math teacher to connect with the outside world, is at zero percent.
  • Passion Play, starring Mickey Rourke and Megan Fox in a neo noir about a jazz musician who gets in over his head with both a beautiful woman and the mob, is at zero percent.

Finally, props to Adam P. for coming the closest guessing Dylan Dog: Dead of Night‘s five percent Tomatometer.

Tag Cloud

PaleyFest Endgame TNT Emmy Nominations Ovation Spectrum Originals Paramount science fiction politics talk show crime NYCC political drama comics dragons witnail psycho revenge name the review Arrowverse The Arrangement justice league binge Freeform TV renewals Tumblr TIFF Funimation Amazon docudrama disaster Epix zombie joker spanish language richard e. Grant Kids & Family game of thrones Anna Paquin Best and Worst Hear Us Out Mary Tyler Moore cats San Diego Comic-Con Sci-Fi Travel Channel movie Binge Guide Summer IFC singing competition 007 Hallmark Black History Month thriller Disney Plus 21st Century Fox Spike VICE Countdown Lifetime Disney+ Disney Plus spider-man television hist TCA 2017 zombies Pride Month Ghostbusters Oscars Sneak Peek Women's History Month children's TV period drama CBS All Access Pop facebook Superheroe Sundance Now mutant Mystery sports concert WarnerMedia OWN Mudbound indie 45 Adult Swim reboot ghosts LGBT war dogs Emmys Election Stephen King TV Land Shudder blaxploitation IFC Films Rom-Com Walt Disney Pictures elevated horror FXX romance free movies stoner A24 TCM Marathons Chilling Adventures of Sabrina cults Nat Geo TCA YouTube El Rey Apple TV Plus anime TCA Winter 2020 dceu finale Logo 2020 FX on Hulu critics strong female leads Avengers cartoon Hulu USA Network psychological thriller BET quibi Columbia Pictures dc Polls and Games Teen Disney Red Carpet boxoffice GIFs comedies 71st Emmy Awards Pirates batman YouTube Red YA Song of Ice and Fire Apple FOX USA composers Captain marvel Pet Sematary green book President First Look Extras BBC America serial killer Writers Guild of America Pixar blockbuster Ellie Kemper diversity mission: impossible DC Universe kids versus Super Bowl HBO Max Superheroes Lifetime Christmas movies Film ABC Rocketman Certified Fresh Fantasy Crunchyroll Awards Tour Marvel parents Shondaland hispanic VH1 Showtime Video Games Drama sitcom Podcast Syfy Lionsgate Trivia based on movie Baby Yoda Comics on TV Tarantino TruTV video Heroines harry potter Classic Film crossover Elton John Year in Review book Crackle asian-american technology Tubi Sundance TV Martial Arts Spring TV independent sequel discovery WGN dramedy Cosplay robots AMC Sundance Photos CW Seed Quiz sag awards YouTube Premium foreign Star Trek Cannes APB unscripted 24 frames Lucasfilm die hard dark Netflix Christmas movies Amazon Prime comiccon Mary poppins a nightmare on elm street supernatural documentary HBO MTV Character Guide spy thriller cancelled television 2018 X-Men casting ratings Music DGA LGBTQ all-time award winner Pop TV Britbox jamie lee curtis Opinion The Witch renewed TV shows Disney streaming service Chernobyl natural history Interview Country halloween ITV GLAAD franchise History Marvel Television criterion true crime Thanksgiving Turner crime drama universal monsters The CW south america SundanceTV 2016 4/20 slashers cancelled TV series Premiere Dates ESPN Turner Classic Movies Musicals 2017 miniseries anthology Amazon Prime Video CNN Academy Awards SXSW transformers Netflix scary movies Family Holidays Disney Channel nature Comedy Creative Arts Emmys latino TLC police drama Toys breaking bad Set visit Peacock Television Academy medical drama biography Starz CBS spinoff Musical spain Vudu Western SDCC NBC comic social media Discovery Channel streaming Rock Apple TV+ CMT TBS Box Office cancelled TV shows space DC streaming service Bravo historical drama The Purge canceled TV shows theme song crime thriller screen actors guild Tomatazos RT History Black Mirror Rocky adaptation 2019 vampires werewolf doctor who Sony Pictures game show Hallmark Christmas movies Star Wars Fox News OneApp animated Nickelodeon cooking Mary Poppins Returns series Film Festival Reality Universal PBS Infographic Christmas Horror DC Comics screenings RT21 canceled tv talk Winners MCU Cartoon Network travel FX cancelled Mindy Kaling Valentine's Day best mockumentary E! The Walking Dead cars Trailer DirecTV movies stand-up comedy New York Comic Con child's play golden globes 20th Century Fox Awards Action directors teaser Comedy Central festivals American Society of Cinematographers E3 Acorn TV chucky Paramount Network Fall TV National Geographic Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt rotten movies we love Animation romantic comedy Nominations Esquire Watching Series cinemax BBC A&E adventure Brie Larson Comic Book Biopics TV christmas movies Winter TV Holiday See It Skip It Trophy Talk Calendar MSNBC First Reviews Dark Horse Comics Amazon Studios what to watch Grammys ABC Family reviews Masterpiece 2015 Warner Bros. aliens Reality Competition GoT zero dark thirty Marvel Studios Food Network toy story cops Schedule