Spider-Man Reviews

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KJB
IGN Movies
July 7, 2015
This is about as good as a comic-to-film adaptation gets.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Richard von Busack
MetroActive
July 7, 2015
Sam Raimi's fine slapstick skills shine to their best advantage.
James Vance
Tulsa World
July 7, 2015
Even with its flaws it's a satisfying adventure that manages to appeal to the head and the heart even when it's taking your breath away.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Matt Soergel
Florida Times-Union
July 7, 2015
Spider-Man is the most modest would-be summer blockbuster in a long while, an adaptation of the 40-year-old Marvel comic book that's surprisingly heartfelt, but also a bit pokey and underwhelming.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Mike Goodridge
Screen International
July 7, 2015
In the face of almighty expectations, director Sam Raimi delivers an efficient, entertaining film which promises to crush box office records.
Alexander Walker
This is London
July 7, 2015
It's the unexpectedness of finding a genuine couple of young lovers caught in its web that turns spectacle into sympathy and restores life-size emotion to outside imagination.
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail [UK]
July 7, 2015
Here is the best of the superhero films to have emerged from Hollywood.
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
July 7, 2015
Spider-Man is an almost-perfect extension of the experience of reading comic-book adventures.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Steve Persall
Tampa Bay Times
July 7, 2015
All of the pieces are in place for a successful franchise. Tobey Maguire is a perfect choice to play Peter in his mild-mannered moments and puppy-love interludes.
Full Review | Original Score: B
April 21, 2014
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.
Michael Sragow
Baltimore Sun
August 3, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Sloan Freer
Radio Times
August 3, 2013
Spider-Man is an effortless, intelligent entertainment, and a fabulous, fun-filled start to the hugely lucrative franchise.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Leah Rozen
People Magazine
August 3, 2013
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.

Total Film
August 3, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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David Germain
Associated Press
August 3, 2013
With earnest, unpretentious delivery, Maguire is an eminently likable hero audiences will root for from his earliest moments as the class wimp.
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August 3, 2013
At its best, Spider-Man takes the adolescent yearning at the heart of most superhero sagas and gives it a lovely swing.
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
April 12, 2013
Coarse mayhem notwithstanding, Spider-Man will probably provoke a pandemic of arachnophilia.
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
April 12, 2013
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.
Gloria Goodale
Christian Science Monitor
April 12, 2013
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.
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
June 28, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Mark Steyn
The Spectator
July 7, 2015
This is the fun blockbuster of the summer: great characters, great heart, great performances -- everything that Star Wars isn't.
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