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Spider-Man 3 (2007)

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Average Rating: 6.2/10
Reviews Counted: 243
Fresh: 153 | Rotten: 90

Though there are more characters and plotlines, and the action sequences still dazzle, Spider-Man 3 nonetheless isn't quite as refined as the first two.

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Average Rating: 5.5/10
Critic Reviews: 52
Fresh: 23 | Rotten: 29

Though there are more characters and plotlines, and the action sequences still dazzle, Spider-Man 3 nonetheless isn't quite as refined as the first two.

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Average Rating: 3.3/5
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Your friendly neighborhood web-slinger is back, only this time his sunny outlook has become partially overcast in the third chapter of director Sam Raimi's Spider-Man saga. Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, and James Franco return to reprise their roles from the previous two installments, with Thomas Haden Church, Topher Grace, and Bryce Dallas Howard making their first appearances in the series as Flint Marko (aka Sandman), Eddie Brock (aka Venom), and Gwen Stacy, respectively. Peter Parker

Oct 30, 2007

$336.5M

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All Critics (243) | Top Critics (52) | Fresh (153) | Rotten (90) | DVD (28)

At 141 minutes, this supe-opera is seriously overextended, with four distinct subplots and way too much hand-wringing over things like the heroine's singing career.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: NPR.org | Comment (1)
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Too many villains, too many pale plot strands, too many romantic misunderstandings, too many conversations, too many street crowds looking high into the air and shouting "oooh!" this way, then swiveling and shouting "aaah!" that way.

November 16, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Comments (35)
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Nap time. Perhaps it's the weight of expectations, the rattle of a zillion calculators or the curse of Bryce Dallas Howard (forever our Lady in the Water), but the latest Spider-Man is a fussy, dispirited affair.

May 5, 2007 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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Notwithstanding a cute scene in which Peter enlists suave maitre d' Bruce Campbell to help him propose to Mary Jane, director Sam Raimi's juggling of the comedy and the action is unusually flat-footed.

May 5, 2007 Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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Raimi at least manages to make it both huge and human.

May 4, 2007 Full Review Source: Salon.com | Comments (2)
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After two epic successes that deserved their success, the latest installment swings between intense action sequences and unaccountably flat dramatic interludes.

May 4, 2007 Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal
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This is at least two movies crammed into one, and the seams are splitting; three villains, two love interests and a partridge in a pear tree means that Spider-Man has to fight for attention in his own film.

November 3, 2012 Full Review Source: TheShiznit.co.uk
TheShiznit.co.uk

Spiderman 3 is best described as a Mexican soap opera with mind-blowing special effects.

April 26, 2011 Full Review Source: MovieWeb

It's hard to complain of having too much going on, and the film is certainly extremely well crafted, but it's too ambitious and never quite meets its goals.

March 30, 2011 Full Review Source: ComingSoon.net
ComingSoon.net

Another third installment, another arrested adolescent gone wild

August 27, 2009 Full Review Source: CinePassion | Comments (6)
CinePassion

Sam Raimi and company should have ... made a movie and not an f/x tapas plate.

April 23, 2009 Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix | Comment (1)
Boston Phoenix

You know that the third Spider-Man had to be bigger. The third movie in a franchise goes for broke. And Spider-Man 3 is bigger, if not better. It's overdone, overlong, and overplotted. It's all over the place. This does not mean Spider-Man 3

February 2, 2009 Full Review Source: Fayetteville Free Weekly
Fayetteville Free Weekly

It is like a buffet. You look at the cast and trailers and you just start drooling over all the options. But they just overdid it, stuffing you with filler, and the juicy part of the film didn't start until it was halfway through.

September 4, 2008 Full Review Source: The Scorecard Review
The Scorecard Review

The third Spider_Man film is a bit like a web that's been hanging in a dusty corner for years: it's so weighted down with sticky bits and pieces of past detritus that it's in danger of being ripped apart by the new prey.

July 13, 2008 Full Review Source: ESplatter
ESplatter

An everything-plus-the-kitchen-sink production that thrives on its boundless energy and the sheer audacity of its vision.

April 10, 2008 | Comment (1)
San Francisco Examiner

Spider-Man 3 is so burdened by the need to outshine its predecessors that it sinks beneath the weight of its own extravagant excesses.

February 28, 2008 Full Review Source: Colorado Springs Gazette | Comments (5)
Colorado Springs Gazette

Different in all the right ways-- a complex, unpredictable attempt at giving its audience a lot to chew on. Pardon those of us who will take a flawed opus over bloated unoriginality.

January 26, 2008 Full Review Source: Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

Kids will be dazzled, but the story falls short of No. 2.

October 31, 2007 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Another fine installment in this very fun and exciting comic book superhero movie series.

October 5, 2007 Full Review Source: JoBlo's Movie Emporium
JoBlo's Movie Emporium

There were more subplots meringued together than a single film can eat. With a twinge more fluff whipped in, this could have easily been Spider-Man 4, too.

September 21, 2007 Full Review Source: HollywoodChicago.com
HollywoodChicago.com

It ends the trilogy not with a bang but neither with a whimper.

September 14, 2007 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

It's been a fine if bumpy ride with Raimi down this corridor of Marvel Comics history, even if I'd love to see him working on something cheap and scrappily funny again.

July 23, 2007 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

There are one too many teary redemptions, one too many airborne rescues and, finally, one too many climaxes. But we'll forgive Mr. Raimi his excesses.

July 14, 2007 Full Review Source: Big Picture Big Sound
Big Picture Big Sound

This third film is awful, it's sloppy, and it's mishandled in every aspect...

July 10, 2007 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed | Comment (1)
Cinema Crazed

Audience Reviews for Spider-Man 3

The next film needs to focus solely on J Jonah Jameson (J.K. Simmons). He is the most entertaining element to Spider-Man 3, a film that is just filled with bland setups, predictable romantic tension, an emo Peter Parker, and the worst possible depiction of Venom - of which they never use this name. It's not just that there's too much going on. It's that none of it is interesting. A huge disappointment.
April 17, 2014
MovieGeek13

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What makes this one seem more disappointing is that there is too many villians that there isn't enough focus compared to Dr Octopus and the Green Goblin. Another complaint about this film was the lack of fights. Personally, I believe that the intensity was focused more between friends, rather than battles to the death. Next time, it would've been better to focus on just the one villian, instead of three at once.
April 8, 2014
Samuel Riley
Samuel Riley

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Five years have passed and yet the huge letdown that came with this film, is still felt like a deep stab wound. The first two were so great and then they had to go and ruin it all in such uninspired fashion. Fairly entertaining on the whole, I'll give it that, but the difference in the writing couldn't be more conspicious. So much unnecessary cheese and squandered potential. And as for the ending - annoyingly unoriginal! I so looked forward to seeing Spidey battle it out with his dark nemesis Venom, but due to lack of focus - and sheer common sense - nothing turned out the way we wanted to. Most of all, however, I feel sorry for Sam Raimi, who succumbed under the pressure from powers above. I must admit it was quite enjoyable to see Peter go "evil" though. I just wish they had cut out the corny dance number and cringe-worthy dialogue (along with a ton of other stuff that I'm not even gonna bother to dig into). Because more than anything, this is a scary example of what happens when soulless money-grubbers get too much say in the creative process. We can only pray the same thing doesn't happen to Mark Webb.
November 18, 2012
CloudStrife84
Mike S

Super Reviewer

A mesmerizing plot of the battles within, indeed. But Spider-Man 3 lacked the magic from the previous two films. Possibly all in due to its overused allotted time, excessive amount of characters and emotional collapses. But regardless, the film's action and drama still made it somewhat solid. 4/5
August 28, 2012
Eugene Bernabe

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    1. Mr. Ditkovitch: Give me rent.
    2. Peter Parker/Spider-Man: You'll get your rent when you fix this damn door!
    – Submitted by Wesley W (12 months ago)
    1. Harry Osborn: How do you like that, Spidey?
    – Submitted by Cai C (13 months ago)
    1. Peter Parker/Spider-Man: Stings, doesn't it?
    2. Harry Osborn/New Goblin: I protected you in high school, and now I'm gonna kick your little ass!
    3. Peter Parker/Spider-Man: [sarcastically] Ooohh.
    – Submitted by Andrew D (17 months ago)
    1. Venom/Eddie Brock: I like being bad, it makes me happy.
    – Submitted by Michael V (18 months ago)
    1. Norman Osborne/Green Goblin: [throws new spinning pumpkin blades]
    2. Peter Parker/Spider-Man: God, I hate those things!
    – Submitted by Kyle H (20 months ago)
    1. Coffee Shop Waitress: How's the pie?
    2. Harry Osborn/New Goblin: So good.
    – Submitted by Troy N (21 months ago)
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