‘Thunder Force’ on Netflix Is Dividing the Internet


Thunder Force, a new superhero comedy starring Melissa McCarthy and Octavia Spencer, is currently the number-one movie on Netflix. But that doesn’t mean everyone who streamed it loved it. In fact, it has viewers divided. Some say it’s enjoyable and heartwarming; others were not as kind. 

A few straight-up think the movie isn’t funny, which is subjective. One viewer harshly called it “painfully unfunny and cringeworthy.” Another critic tweeted he’d “rather eat raw chicken than recommend it to anyone.” Oof. Even those with low expectations were disappointed.

Of course, it’s important to look out for misogyny in these dunks. Twitter is flooded with reviews from men who aren’t just put off by this movie: They’re disgusted by it—all over the high crime of…not being good. 

Which, listen, it might not be. Thunder Force has a 24% critical rating on Rotten Tomatoes and a 25% audience rating. But why is everyone nitpicking a movie that’s just supposed to be fun? One viewer called it “the perfect bit of joy to end my work week and kick off the weekend!” Maybe that’s the vibe everyone should expect going in: silly, goofy, relaxing.

If you expect Thunder Force to resemble a Marvel or DC movie, you’re bound to be disappointed. It’s way less self-serious than that. 

One aspect of the movie everyone seems to agree on: Jason Bateman as the crab-handed villain. His performance “made the movie” for one viewer

“I’m still not over that dinner date scene with Jason Bateman,” tweeted another. 

“So glad Jason Bateman as a crab man has entered my consciousness,” posted a third. “Thank you to everyone who made #ThunderForce.”

And yes, there is a fan cam.

Whatever its flaws, Thunder Force is at the top of the Netflix charts. Maybe yo’’ll just have to watch it for yourself to find out what all the fuss is about.


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