Among the 51 critics’ reviews gathered by Rotten Tomatoes as of June 8, “Loki” currently enjoys a 96% Fresh rating. Rotten Tomatoes describes “Loki” as “off-kilter, charming, and vaguely dangerous,” just like Loki himself.
Most critics feel that Tom Hiddleston does a masterful job transitioning from villain to antihero. “Through Hiddleston’s nuanced performance, we get to see Loki’s quirks and qualities laid bare at last — depths of character that have only been hinted at,” wrote Kalla Hale-Stern of The Mary Sue, adding, “The character has fascinated and endeared us because he exemplifies a principle that’s stated on the show: that no one is ever entirely good or bad.”
Many critics also had praise for Hiddleston’s co-star, Owen Wilson, who plays Loki’s TVA handler Mobius M. Mobius: “Mobius and Loki make for an effective odd couple, with the “full-tilt diva”, as Tony Stark put it in Avengers Assemble, butting up against the unruffled, surfer-dude energy of Wilson’s agent,” wrote Helen O’Hara of Empire Magazine.
If there was one recurring complaint about “Loki,” it’s that the show devotes a lot of screen time to complicated time travel mechanics, which may be a barrier for new viewers. “Loki can get bogged down in its discussion of timelines and multiverses,” wrote Tim Grierson of Screen International. “But thankfully the creative team keeps the narrative engine humming, filling the screen with eye-catching details.” As that 96% indicates, that’s a minor issue for the series.
“Loki” premieres on Disney+ on June 9, so fans won’t have to wait much longer to see if they agree with the experts.