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Spider-Man (2002)

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Average Rating: 7.6/10
Reviews Counted: 225
Fresh: 201 | Rotten: 24

Not only does Spider-Man provide a good dose of web-swinging fun, it also has a heart, thanks to the combined charms of director Sam Raimi and star Tobey Maguire.

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Average Rating: 7/10
Critic Reviews: 43
Fresh: 36 | Rotten: 7

Not only does Spider-Man provide a good dose of web-swinging fun, it also has a heart, thanks to the combined charms of director Sam Raimi and star Tobey Maguire.

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After incorporating elements of comic book style and design into many of his films, director Sam Raimi helms this straight-ahead, big-budget comic book adaptation, which also marks acclaimed young actor Tobey Maguire's first dip into live-action blockbuster filmmaking. Spider-Man follows the template of the original Stan Lee/Steve Ditko source material, with hero Peter Parker an orphaned, intellectual teen loner living in Queens with his aunt (Rosemary Harris) and uncle (Cliff Robertson), and

Nov 1, 2002

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With earnest, unpretentious delivery, Maguire is an eminently likable hero audiences will root for from his earliest moments as the class wimp.

August 3, 2013 Full Review Source: Associated Press
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At its best, Spider-Man takes the adolescent yearning at the heart of most superhero sagas and gives it a lovely swing.

August 3, 2013 Full Review Source: Slate
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Coarse mayhem notwithstanding, Spider-Man will probably provoke a pandemic of arachnophilia.

April 12, 2013 Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal
Wall Street Journal
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The perils and advantages of being bitten by a genetically modified spider are made abundantly clear in Sam Raimi's enjoyable, if broken-backed, exercise in high-cost pulp.

April 12, 2013 Full Review Source: New Yorker
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In emphasizing angst over energy, the movie is much like its hero -- not the dashing crime fighter in a red-and-black bodysuit but the introspective nerd who both endears and exasperates.

July 14, 2010 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine | Comments (7)
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A perfectly serviceable early-summer popcorn picture that will satisfy its core teen constituency and not displease general viewers looking for some disposable entertainment.

March 5, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety | Comment (1)
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Raimi, working from a screenplay credited to David Koepp, powerfully captures the moral issues at stake as Peter grows into the web-slinging super-hero.

April 21, 2014 Full Review Source: Patheos

When the cast and their director are really cooking, they conjure a bipolar sense of high school-age emotion -- and use it to fuel outrageous fantasy.

August 3, 2013 Full Review Source: Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun

Spider-Man is an effortless, intelligent entertainment, and a fabulous, fun-filled start to the hugely lucrative franchise.

August 3, 2013 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

Not since 1978's Superman has there been a live-action, comic book-based film so savvy at mixing self-aware camp with sincere emotion, and so successful at establishing the normal guy life of its spandexed protagonist.

August 3, 2013 Full Review Source: People Magazine
People Magazine

Full of swinging action but finding plenty of time to explore the people behind the masks, Spider-Man is a franchise with real legs. At last, a blockbuster that lives up to the hype.

August 3, 2013 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

Maybe having such a big budget and being able to afford so many computer effects (which aren't so hot anyway) crippled the creativity of the film.

August 3, 2013 Full Review Source: Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

This crowd-pleaser is a highly satisfying rendering of Lee's reluctant hero, one that captures the broken heart and tortured soul of a young man whose coming of age arrives with a perilously high price tag.

April 12, 2013 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
Christian Science Monitor

Captures the high-energy, pulpy effervescence of Marvel when it was young and feisty... whatever imperfections the film picks up along the way, they practically demand to be hand-waved aside.

June 28, 2012 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

It's got all that you'd want from superhero movie and more. A truly enjoyable film.

January 16, 2011 Full Review Source: DVDTalk.com
DVDTalk.com

Fun movie, but may be too intense for younger kids.

December 28, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Comment (1)
Common Sense Media

Sam Raimi has gotten the exact mix right to create certainly one of the best superhero films ever made.

July 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Dark Horizons
Dark Horizons

Spider-Man is funny, poignant and true to form with Tobey Maguire and company fleshing out the famed comic-book characters with aplomb.

September 8, 2009 Full Review Source: Hollywood.com
Hollywood.com

Finally, a fully faithful adaptation to a comic book icon, save for some bumps along the road. It's a fun movie.

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

A vibrant piece of pop entertainment that serves as the perfect start to the summer season.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Bullz-Eye.com
Bullz-Eye.com

An adaptation of the Marvel Comics superhero adventures that effectively takes time between exhilarating digital effects to develop character and motivation.

August 7, 2008 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

Audience Reviews for Spider-Man

Spider-Man is a strong entry into the comic book cannon, and not least because it's based on my all time favourite superhero. It gives Peter Parker a great origin story. The web-slinging action scenes are awesome. Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, Willem Dafoe and James Franco bring unique perspectives to their characters. Sam Raimi's unique style permeates the film and enhances the material rather detracting from it.
April 17, 2014
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Sam Raimi- The Director of the 'Evil Dead' Trilogy, has created a superb beginning chapter for Spider-Man. What it succeeds in is the dark atmospheres and the strength in characters. The highlights are Toby Maguire and Willhem Dafoe. While Maguire gives off a truely confident and heroic role, Dafoe presents a powerful and sinister villian.
April 8, 2014
Samuel Riley
Samuel Riley

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It's cheesy, yes, and silly at times, but it is far superior to the 2012 remake as a result of an intriguing villain, better writing, and a higher degree of suspense. All in all, it's a bunch of good old action movie fun with some actual human emotion--due to Maguire's performance and Dunst's reliable likability. You get Superhero action with a side of teenage rom-com. Who can forget that iconic upside kiss? It's a whole lot of fun.
December 30, 2013
Matthew Samuel Mirliani

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One of Marvel's flagship characters finally makes it to the big screen and with Sam Raimi at the helm, you have a sure-fire winner. The first half of the film is, as expected, fantastic. It has just the right balance of humour and action and although Tobey Maguire's acting talents are rather limited, he manages to pull off the dorky charm of Peter Parker with some success. There's a lot of humour in the discovery of his powers and how to use them and the supporting characters are all believeable. It also shows the motivations and character development of Spiderman really well and rarely descends into schmaltz. Unfortunately once the tights go on, things are not quite as strong. The Green Goblin was never a particularly interesting character and although the schizophrenia plot line is clever, Defoe holds the attention far more as the disappointed father than a dayglo action figure on a hover board. Raimi handles the action nicely though and it's worth it alone for J. K. Simmons whose hilarious J. Jonah Jameson steals every scene he is in.
October 31, 2013
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    1. Uncle Ben: With great power, comes great responsibility.
    – Submitted by Joe N (10 months ago)
    1. Norman Osborn/Green Goblin: The itsy bitsy spider went up the water spout, down came the goblin, and took the spider out.
    – Submitted by Joe N (10 months ago)
    1. Bone Saw McGraw: What are you doin up there?
    2. Peter Parker/Spider-Man: Staying away from you. That's a cute outfit, did your husband get it for you?
    – Submitted by Joe N (10 months ago)
    1. J. Jonah Jameson: Who is Spider-man? He's a criminal that's who he is.
    – Submitted by Swail J (13 months ago)
    1. Burglar: Just give me a chance!
    2. Peter Parker/Spider-Man: What about my uncle? Did you give him a chance? Did you? Did you?
    – Submitted by Mike R (16 months ago)
    1. Mary Jane Watson: Who are you?
    2. Peter Parker/Spider-Man: You know who I am.
    3. Mary Jane Watson: I do?
    4. Peter Parker/Spider-Man: Your friendly neighbourhood Spiderman! [swings off]
    – Submitted by Mike R (16 months ago)
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