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If you've seen half a dozen superhero films, and the box office results suggest you have, then you've also seen what "The Amazing Spider-Man" has to offer.

July 3, 2012 Full Review Source: Film.com | Comments (83)
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Carson Daves

Carson Daves

Fanboys flocking in 3... 2... 1...

Jul 3 - 12:50 PM

manwithoutfear19

Daniel Raimondi

i think it will be decent but remember the movies aren't exactly cannon

Jul 3 - 12:57 PM

Gaurav Vimal

Gaurav Vimal

true....

Jul 4 - 07:23 AM

Michael Keppy

Michael Keppy

Carson D wrong in 3.. 2.. 1..

Jul 3 - 01:01 PM

Rakin Areef

Rakin Areef

I think the sequel will do much better

Jul 3 - 01:48 PM

Nikki Siemon-Brown

Nikki Siemon-Brown

This actually isn't a sequel, marvel didn't like how warner bros. did the other spider-man movies. So when warner bros. no longer owned the title marvel re-did the spider-man movies.

Jul 6 - 04:02 PM

Gary Donaldson

Gary Donaldson

what are you talking about warner bro never owned spiderman. marvel owns the comics and sony had and still has the rights to the movie....btw i think TAMS was great

Jul 8 - 10:58 AM

Alec Masson

Alec Masson

Sam Raimi refused to do Spider-Man 4 so they rebooted the franchise.

Jul 14 - 01:30 AM

Dave Martin

Dave Martin

Great movie, best Spider-Man movie to date.

Jul 3 - 01:50 PM

shadypotential

Chris Cox

So it s better than Spider man 2? GTFOH!

Jul 3 - 04:56 PM

Dave Martin

Dave Martin

Amazing Spider-Man best Spider-Man yet!

Jul 3 - 05:17 PM

shadypotential

Chris Cox

Spiderman 2 is perhaps the greatest CBM ever balancing drama action and romance perfectly. and your saying Marc Webb did that with this movie and even better on his first try? bullshit

Jul 3 - 05:36 PM

Jin Juice

Jin Juice

@ Shady ....Marc Webb is KNOWN FOR ROMANCE. 500 DAYS OF SUMMER WAS AWESOME MOVIE. I agree with Dave The Amazing Spiderman (TAS) is the Best Spiderman Movie EVER made. Im going to watch it 2 more times. Garfield Nailed the part, and Webb didnt just bring the character right out of the Comicbook, but it was alot more faithful... Good character development, and good script, awesome ON-SCREEN Chemistry between Garfield and Stone. Sooo, YES HE WEBB did it in his FIRST TRY...like Nolan did Batman in his FIRST TRY.

Jul 3 - 06:36 PM

Carson Daves

Carson Daves

@Jin J

Nice try 500 Day of Summer was not romance. It was ANTI-romance. Watch it again. It even says it.

Jul 4 - 07:11 AM

Osman Bekir

Osman Bekir

No way better than Spiderman 2. Doesn't even come close. Nevertheless, a good film though.

Jul 6 - 08:18 PM

Ausautas V.

Ausautas V.

I think it's better than Spider Man 3. Maybe.

The visuals were definitely better than the 1977 television movie.

Jul 10 - 01:35 AM

shadypotential

Chris Cox

@JIM

oh shut the fuck up. No he didn't. Your just a fanboy who won't see what this movie really is. A rehash of the same story. For you to say that TASM is BETTER than Spider Man 2 which has 93 on RT and this piece of shit has a 72 is laughable.

There is a cliff. go jump off of it

Jul 3 - 09:40 PM

shadypotential

Chris Cox

@ JIN oh shut up. No he didn't. Your just a fanboy who won't see what this movie really is. A rehash of the same story. For you to say that TASM is BETTER than Spider Man 2 which has 93 on RT and this piece of shit has a 72 is laughable.

There is a cliff. go jump off of it

Jul 3 - 09:40 PM

shadypotential

Chris Cox

@ JIN oh shut up. No he didn't. You're just a fanboy who won't see what this movie really is. A rehash of the same story. For you to say that TASM is BETTER than Spider Man 2 which has 93 on RT and this piece of shit has a 72 is laughable.

There is a cliff. go jump off of it

Jul 3 - 09:41 PM

Dave Martin

Dave Martin

I just watched Spider-Man 2 Shady and it is not bad. However it feels very kiddie, and TAS has a slightly darker feeling and stays more true to the source material. Now I am not saying taking creative freedoms when moving from one media to another is bad I understand in needs to happen... but Webb did it better. Spider-Man 2 has a higher rating with critics, but everyone I have talked to said they like the Amazing Spider-Man more! Peter Parker/Spider-Man was done correctly this time around. Andrew Garfield is great Toby was okay.

Jul 3 - 09:57 PM

Carson Daves

Carson Daves

Stay more true to the source material? LOL aside from featuring web shooters and Gwen, this was no where near source material.

And Sam Raimi's Spider-Man had a "kiddie" feel because Spider-Man is SUPPOSED to be a campy story about a HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT. Peter Park is NOT Batman.

Jul 4 - 07:10 AM

Dave Martin

Dave Martin

Spider-Man is not a campy story! It is supposed to be a story about the average person becoming empowered and making a choice to stand for what is morally right. The reader is supposed to be able to relate to him because he is just a more or less normal guy. ALSO it was closer then Rami's movies to source material ... your whole comment was a waste of space on this page.

Jul 4 - 10:21 AM

Jack S.

Jack Sanderson

This idea that Spider-Man is supposed to be campy is ridiculous. This movie is much, much better than any of Raimi's Spidey flicks. Even 2.

Jul 6 - 02:39 AM

Pawel Zietek

Pawel Zietek

Spidey was always my fav comic book but it is campy... Raimi nailed the comic book.

Jul 6 - 12:09 PM

Nikki Siemon-Brown

Nikki Siemon-Brown

well what I hated about spider-man 2 is how they killed doc. octopus he didn't die in the comics so that kind-of upset me. Also many of these critics who are saying this movie sucks and spider-man 2 is better may have not read many comics.

Jul 6 - 04:08 PM

ray e.

ray ero

That's crazy to be this obsessed with the numbers just my opinion Haywire and Soderberg films get 80's on this site and deserve NO better than around the 40's for what Haywire was just saying. Just because 90 to 70 doesn't mean someone is stupid or whatever because they didn't go WITH the critics or what have you.

Jul 3 - 11:21 PM

Andrew Lenhart

Andrew Lenhart

It's not the same story line, idiot. The Amazing Spider Man and the Original Spider Man completely different. As for the play out in events with his parents, uncle ben, etc. yeah, they are the same. Back up your facts before making yourself look like an ass next time you write a useless reply.

Jul 11 - 01:06 AM

Steven F

Steven Fatzinger

Yep, the best so far. Full of action and suspense. Not one dull moment.

Jul 5 - 03:12 PM

Jack S.

Jack Sanderson

Agreed!

Jul 6 - 02:38 AM

Angel Santana

Angel Santana

me 2

Jul 8 - 08:31 PM

Rakin Areef

Rakin Areef

I think this film is very good and at least decent, I loved PP in this movie. It seems the only gripe with this film is it kinda retold 2002s story but real critque for the movie has been the script. But thankfully the sequel will have the guys that wrote star trek:)

Jul 3 - 02:17 PM

Nikki Siemon-Brown

Nikki Siemon-Brown

WHAT DO YOU EXPECT!!! It's a freakin comic it has a story that they should follow so tell me what other story is it supposed to go by! what spider-man got bit by a radioactive bumblebee!!!! spider-man has a story and the movie is based on the comic.

Jul 6 - 04:12 PM

Michael Keppy

Michael Keppy

People are knocking it because its a reboot so soon, but as I said before of raimis films were done and over with then reboot and lets go, why wait? Are these critics getting younger or something?

Jul 3 - 02:21 PM

Dave Martin

Dave Martin

After Spider-Man 3 I was ready for a reboot the next day!

Jul 3 - 05:18 PM

Jin Juice

Jin Juice

SAME HERE... SPIDERMAN 3 Ruined SPIDERMAN 1. Shoulda left peters origins alone. Darn you Raimi!

Jul 3 - 06:39 PM

Sean Haulman

Sean Haulman

It only broke a billion dollars worldwide and had a similar review score, right? Get real

Jul 3 - 07:52 PM

Jman212

Josh Jostock

Rocky 4 ruin Rocky?? First Blood 3 ruin First Blood?? Catching my drift? The first Spiderman was inspiring for young people and launched a pop culture phenomenon. Every other summer blockbuster sets out to accomplish what Raimi did in 2002...Make a 'baller' superhero movie!

Jul 4 - 09:46 PM

Dave Martin

Dave Martin

this movie is getting bad press because its a reboot. However Spider-Man 3 got bad press because it sucked!

Jul 3 - 09:59 PM

Jman212

Josh Jostock

this movie is getting good press..but it shoudn't.

Jul 4 - 09:49 PM

Michael Keppy

Michael Keppy

If*

Jul 3 - 02:22 PM

John Arthur Beaman

john b

There's probably some truth in that, but as the box office suggests, I'm still going to see it anyway.

Jul 3 - 03:24 PM

Andres Munar

Andres Munar

I'm really impressed on how stupid the fanboys are. You are complaining that the critics hate the fact that it's a reboot. You wan't it to be criticized as its "own". But why the hell do you wanna see the same film again? Why do you wan't a reboot that tells the same story? Why do you wanna see a cheap version of the old movie? The only logical explanation for all this is that are Andrew Garfield fanboys, and you wan't him as spidey.

You obviously want this movie to be successful but why? Shouldn't you like the movie for it's own merits regardless of the success that it may have? The problem with you is that you bought Sony's marketing: "The untold story" "a more accurate spiderman film". You idealized the movie so in your mind this is already the best spidey film ever even if you haven't seen it. The critics are not judging the movie because the reboot it's too soon, they judge it because the story is basically the same, it's a REMAKE!

Before you start bitching learn what the word "reboot" means, and also compare to other reboot like batman begins or even the new superman movie.

So inconclusion:

1.This is a REMAKE!
2.Sony's marketing was a lie.
3.You are gonna love the movie even if it sucks.
4.You won't have the balls to admit that the original is better.
5.If the original Spiderman film wouldn't exist, this film would be even worse because it wouldn't have the inspiration it took from the original.

Jul 3 - 03:27 PM

Facebook User

Facebook User

How else could you make a Spider-Man movie without the accurate plots it needs? Call us what you want but we know how a comic character movie should portray and it did beyond my expectations. He had the personality and characteristics Tobey never had. He had the right jokes, the emotions, not one time did I feel they took "The Dark Knight" feel in my opinion. So what if is a remake, it is the remake we needed. The Peter Parker/Spidey we loved for so long. Can't accept change then I guess you don't have an open mind. Also like others pointed out his Uncle Ben never said the whole moral of who Spidey is. It was a moral in itself. Go ahead tell us we are stupid, call us names. We as Spidey fans who all ready seen it are glad it is finally being done right.

Jul 3 - 04:07 PM

Dave Martin

Dave Martin

Well said!

Jul 3 - 05:21 PM

Jin Juice

Jin Juice

Andres = Idiot Troll.

Jul 3 - 06:40 PM

RexLaboro

george glass

Amen brother. Amen.

Jul 3 - 04:07 PM

Rakin Areef

Rakin Areef

I think the originals are better, I think the sequel will be better than the originals though becasue the actors and the new series will sink in more.

Jul 3 - 04:08 PM

Dave Martin

Dave Martin

The originals were okay.

Jul 3 - 05:22 PM

Akeem Smith

Akeem Smith

1. You're wrong.
2. If this existed first it would have gotten
better reviews.
3. Andrew Garfield & Emma Stone are great actors.
4. This is a way more in-dept incarnation of
spider-man.
5. Raimi movies were excellent.
6. Why the hell do you care?

Jul 3 - 04:12 PM

Rakin Areef

Rakin Areef

And the actors are phenomenal in this movie I kind of wish they waited another 10 years though.

Jul 3 - 04:15 PM

Dave Martin

Dave Martin

They did a good job. I am glad they did not wait 10 more years because I have been waiting since the first Spider-Man for them to make a good one, and the Amazing Spider-Man is it!

Jul 3 - 10:06 PM

Brine Davis

Brine Davis

I think this is the second best spider-man movie.

Jul 3 - 05:33 PM

Jin Juice

Jin Juice

SPIDERMAN IS STRONGER ENOUGH TO BUST OCTS FACE... TAS he fought a LIZARD, which was Stronger than him. I love this movie!

Jul 3 - 06:44 PM

Webfoot Witchhat

Webfoot Witchhat

@Andres M
You're kind of dumb, aren't you?

A reboot =/= remake, like you clearly think they are.
I am also not seeing the same film again. Considering this takes more hints from the Ultimate Spider-Man comics than the 161 (that most know). They are also clearly incorporating the Gwen Stacey Saga into this, which is one of the all time best stories in comic book history. If you've read it, you'd understand why.

Cheap version of an old movie? Spider-Man 1-3 hardly even hold up when you watch them today in terms of graphics, let alone Tobey and Kirstens horrendous acting through all 3 flicks.

To assume people are fanboys of Andrew Garfield because they prefer this movie over the first 3 is outright ignorant. I've never heard of the guy until this movie, and he absolutely killed it. Best Peter/Spidey thus far.

This IS a more accurate Spider-Man film in comparison to the others. It's MUCH more true to the comics than 1-3 ever where. That's a fact (again, read the Gwen Stacey saga).

Majority of critics love this movie. It's gotten a better overall score than the prior films, so what's your point here?
ps: You're confusing Reboot with Remake again. You should REALLY look up the definitions of those words already.

"Before you start bitching learn what the word "reboot" means, and also compare to other reboot like batman begins or even the new superman movie."

This is simply hypocrisy and irony at its best. Congratulations.

1: Reboot. Not remake.
2: Sony's marketing was accurate, you just didn't like it. That doesn't make it a lie.
3: So says the guy who hates said movie even though majority say it rules.
4: You don't have the balls to admit that this movie is actually extremely well done. Hypocrite.
5: Wrong. If the first movies didn't exist, a Spider-Man movie would have been made regardless, by someone, some time, staring someone. And Amazing Spider-Man takes nothing from the original. You're just too delusional to see past your own blind hatred over a superior product.

Jul 3 - 06:49 PM

Chris Ramos

Chris Ramos

I tend to lean towards what you mention here. Although there were some negatives they were undoubtedly outweighed by the positives which really made this movie shine.

Jul 3 - 08:17 PM

Andres Munar

Andres Munar

Are you pissed because i'm right?

Any of your arguments it's true! They ruined Gwen in this movie, they ruined the story she had in the comics. She never liked spiderman and she died whitout even know who he was.

Yes it's a cheap version of the original movie, most critics agree that Raimi did a terrific job on the origin story. And actually even the first Spiderman film had better CGI than this film, Spiderman 2 got and Oscar for its FX. Unlike this movie that looks like the graphics came from a videogame. With the tecnology they have today i was expecting so much better CGI and realism.

Maybe you don't love the movie because of Andrew but most of other people do.

Is really that accurate? The only new "accurate" stuff is Gwen and the web-shooters and also the Peter's parents story(completly irrelevant at this point).

Majority of critics "love?" this film? No! they think it's a decent movie(read all positive reviews). "it's gotten a better overal score than the prior films" that's a lie! Spiderman holds a 89% Spiderman 2 holds a 93% While TAS is only 72% is almost as bad as Spiderman 3(64%).

Reboot is the redesign of a "concept" Batman's reboot was A LOT different than the previews batman movies. The concept of "Man of Steel" is different than the original film. A remake is a movie followin the same events of the original movie with a few changes to adjust to its era.

1.Reboot most likely remake(positive and negative reviews back me up on this)
2."the untold story" most critics complain about that slogan.
3.I don't have the movie, i think is "eww okay" but i don't think i will ever see it again in my life. I didn't even pay for it.
4.I have the balls to admit that this movie is well done but not nearly as good as the other films,
5.The first spiderman movie paved the way for superhero movies. Joss Whedon said we should be thankful of Nolan and Raimi for paving the way for great superhero movies. With 200 revies in RT there is just like 4 critics who think this movie is better and 1 who calls it superior. The rest think is decent but not better than the other films.

Jul 3 - 10:37 PM

Greg Venditto

Greg Venditto

The acting in the first three was enough to ruin them. The romance of Spiderman 2 that you are crying about was awful because of it... it was like watching a soap opera. But hey, maybe you enjoy soaps... don't let me step on your toes there, hot shot. And for you to think that the CGI in the first three was better pretty much oversees everything else you say- thus proving you are, in fact, delusional. That comment actually made my giggle a bit. Props for that!

Jul 4 - 12:20 AM

Krischan Jennings

Krischan Jennings

Hahahaha this guy is just beyond stupid, please keep commenting I'm loving this.

Jul 4 - 06:41 AM

Robert Ofenloch

Robert Ofenloch

Are you pissed because i'm right?

Any of your arguments it's true! They ruined Gwen in this movie, they ruined the story she had in the comics. She never liked spiderman and she died whitout even know who he was.

Yes it's a cheap version of the original movie, most critics agree that Raimi did a terrific job on the origin story. And actually even the first Spiderman film had better CGI than this film, Spiderman 2 got and Oscar for its FX. Unlike this movie that looks like the graphics came from a videogame. With the tecnology they have today i was expecting so much better CGI and realism.

Maybe you don't love the movie because of Andrew but most of other people do.

Is really that accurate? The only new "accurate" stuff is Gwen and the web-shooters and also the Peter's parents story(completly irrelevant at this point).

Majority of critics "love?" this film? No! they think it's a decent movie(read all positive reviews). "it's gotten a better overal score than the prior films" that's a lie! Spiderman holds a 89% Spiderman 2 holds a 93% While TAS is only 72% is almost as bad as Spiderman 3(64%).

Reboot is the redesign of a "concept" Batman's reboot was A LOT different than the previews batman movies. The concept of "Man of Steel" is different than the original film. A remake is a movie followin the same events of the original movie with a few changes to adjust to its era.

1.Reboot most likely remake(positive and negative reviews back me up on this)
2."the untold story" most critics complain about that slogan.
3.I don't have the movie, i think is "eww okay" but i don't think i will ever see it again in my life. I didn't even pay for it.
4.I have the balls to admit that this movie is well done but not nearly as good as the other films,
5.The first spiderman movie paved the way for superhero movies. Joss Whedon said we should be thankful of Nolan and Raimi for paving the way for great superhero movies. With 200 revies in RT there is just like 4 critics who think this movie is better and 1 who calls it superior. The rest think is decent but not better than the other films.



Wrong. I had never even heard of Garfield prior to this movie, and none of my friends or family had too, and we VASTLY prefer him to the emo crybaby joke known as Tobey Maguire.

Also, in the comics, Gwen DID know who Parker was, and they STILL were a couple.

And expecting realism...from a comic book movie? Really? Nolan is the only one stupid enough to turn a comic book into something "realistic", which ruins the overall feel of the source material.

And winning an Oscar is really a sign of quality, isn't it? Halle Berry in Monster's Ball, anyone?

And the fact you like the others, SM3 in particular, is questionable. Some joke of an actor from That 70s Show playing one of the most iconic villains/anti-heroes in Spidey history? Sandman being semi-responsible for Parker becoming Spidey? Sandman, Green Goblin Jr, and Dr. Octopus having a revelation from God which turns them all heroic in the end? The laughable emo scene? The only really good part about the movies was Jameson and the villain casting from the first two. Organic web shooters which NEVER happened, not in the classic series OR the Ultimate series?

Jul 4 - 01:02 PM

Andres Munar

Andres Munar

Your arguments i've read it millions of times in fanboy hate comments. Those are not facts just because a lot of people think the same. All your arguments are opinions, not facts. Even spiderman had more sould than the amazing spiderman wich main problem was trying to put down the original trilogy(please marc webb, please) You wanna love the movie for the sake of it, not if its actually good. if you think about it you hated S3 because had low ratings, this movie has low ratings too but you love it! why? because you are a fanboy.

Jul 4 - 01:37 PM

DOCTOR P.

DOCTOR PRIME

Gwen was in love with Peter, but she hated Spiderman, and without going much into it yes the Raimi films were great, 3 wasn't but nowhere nearas bad as people say it was, the dance was bad but seriously people need to get over that there was still plenty of good scenes, it was overall OK! What turns me off from this is just that it follows too many beats from the first movie, even though they try to go for a different more Batman like route. I'm also a little bothered by Spidey acting a little too mean spirited in his quips(yes I know he's a smartass to criminal but he comes off way too mean spirited even for that at times.) and his occasional showing off of his powers without his mask on.

Jul 4 - 03:47 PM

ray e.

ray ero

@ Andres Why is he going to love something just to love it he probably just DID find he liked this film more than the others.

And I'm seeing many people in forums giving it upwards of 9/10 what low ratings 71% fresh is solid, a bunch of the critics just didn't want this at all.Obviously actors like Emma are way better than Kirsten how can it hurt someone to spend $6-8 [where I am] to see it?

Jul 4 - 04:37 PM

Nikki Siemon-Brown

Nikki Siemon-Brown

YOU COPIED ANDRES M!!!!!!!!!!!

Jul 6 - 04:21 PM

Jack S.

Jack Sanderson

Have you even seen this movie?

Jul 6 - 02:41 AM

Ryan McAvoy

Ryan McAvoy

Best Spider Man movie to date. Easily.

Jul 3 - 08:28 PM

Dave Martin

Dave Martin

you sir are correct

Jul 3 - 10:00 PM

Zach Berg

Zach Berg

It's the exact same as the first one but with different actors and these actors made the movie feel very weird. How on this earth can you possibly think this movie is better when you already watched this movie 10 years ago?

Jul 4 - 04:28 PM

Dave Martin

Dave Martin

Because I did not watch this movie 10 years ago I watched an ATTEMPT at this movie 10 years ago that was okay. This is a better telling of the story with better actors.

Jul 4 - 07:14 PM

Himanshu Pant

Himanshu Pant

In my opinion this movie is too good.

Jul 3 - 10:15 PM

Dave Martin

Dave Martin

agreed

Jul 4 - 07:15 PM

Ted Ylagan

Ted Ylagan

This movie is either being commented with the highest praises or being criticized for being the same movie...i suggest that we should just go and see the movie and judge it for ourselves... personally i loved it and I hope that fans will support this movie no matter what...

Jul 4 - 08:19 AM

Sasil Leirana

Sasil Leirana

Agreed

Jul 6 - 10:47 AM

Zach Berg

Zach Berg

Horrible Spiderman compared to 2002. No point in watching this film. You've already seen it just with different actors. Definitely not even close to as good as the first one or 2nd Spiderman movies.

Jul 4 - 04:23 PM

Dave Martin

Dave Martin

This movie is so much better then the first one I don't even know where to start. Toby sucks? Yeah lets start there Andrew is a far better Peter then Toby ever was.

Jul 4 - 07:16 PM

Dave Martin

Dave Martin

P.s. It was so good i am going to see it again tonight! BEST SPIDER-MAN EVER!!!

Jul 4 - 07:18 PM

ray e.

ray ero

The fights,spidey's humor,cast,web-done looking web-slinging around town,etc and many other things make me want to see this soon and I will can't wait actually.

Jul 4 - 08:09 PM

Dave Martin

Dave Martin

It is defiantly worth going to see. I just got back from watching it a second time and I liked it even more the second time.

Jul 5 - 12:00 AM

Jack S.

Jack Sanderson

Agreed. It's so easy to judge the film harshly because (gasp) the studio did a reboot. It's a knee-jerk reaction. It's not like this erases the previous movies from existence.

I'm really disappointed in a bunch of critics (and a bunch of Raimi fans who haven't seen this new movie yet), who I don't think are judging the film on its own merits, but just hate that it's not the 2002 version.

I love the scale of this version. It captures the intimacy of Ultimate Spider-Man. And there's no overwhelming quirky/campy touches, a la Raimi. I didn't think he was a great fit for the material.

Jul 6 - 02:47 AM

Jack S.

Jack Sanderson

You haven't seen it yet, have you?

Jul 6 - 02:42 AM

Muhammed Muneer M.

Muhammed Muneer Muneer

This new reboot will never be that iconic as the original.

Jul 7 - 02:18 AM

Jon Martin

Jon Martin

No, it will be MORE iconic because it was WAY better!!!

Aug 12 - 08:11 PM

Adam Calhoun

Adam Calhoun

Excellent film.

Jul 8 - 12:14 AM

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