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Jeannette Catsoulis Nears Perfection With “The Hammer Resurgent”

In response to Jeannette Catsoulis’s 659‑word review of Thor: The Dark World on New York Times

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There’s a reason some critics write for the New York Times while others peck away at their keyboards for prestigious outlets like Bob and Sue’s Movie Reviews (no offense to Bob and Sue, who are good people).

That reason is nepotism. Not really. Well, sometimes. But that’s not the case here. Jeannette Catsoulis is a scribe for the most respected newspaper in America because she’s damn good and she proves it again in “The Hammer Resurgent.”

Catsoulis earns her stripes by coming up with original and inventive ways to skewer a film that’s had the crap reviewed out of it already by every Tom, Dick, and Patel around the world. Her observations are not only dead on precise, they’re gut bustingly hilarious—Thor’s “voice is pitched low enough for mystified worms to detect its vibrations.” Heart, be still.

Rarely does a review weave and dance and fly at this breakneck a pace. If critiquing had a gauge, the needle would be pinned on red. Just when the engine seems ready to drop out, Catsoulis finds ways to hold this beast together and she does it with a panache and flair that will make lesser critics give up and go home.

This is near perfection, folks. Whatever you’re doing, drop it now and read this review.    

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