Critic Review - Dallas Morning News

This is a grittier webslinger saga, led by a Peter Parker with swagger and angst and a tone defined more by emotional resonance than wide-eyed wonder. It still has plenty of fizz.

July 4, 2012 Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Comments (20)
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Ron S.

Ron Swanson

If this film was the first Spider-Man movie released then it would have above a 90% approval rating. I appreciate critics such as yourself actually judging the movie for what it is, as opposed to harping about the prior films.

Jul 4 - 05:56 PM

Ronald Harrison

Ronald Harrison

There is no way to prove such a fallacy; if the first films never existed, there's all the chance in the world that this movie would have turned out completely differently. Even then, it was a different time, people had different views, and standards change. Besides that, there isn't a single critic who has said the movie was bad BECAUSE it was a reboot, not a single one. Time to put that notion to rest. Did you like the movie? Good on you. No reason why the rest of the world can't have an opinion.

Jul 5 - 03:20 AM

Ronald Harrison

Ronald Harrison

There is no way to prove such a fallacy; if the first films never existed, there's all the chance in the world that this movie would have turned out completely differently. Even then, it was a different time, people had different views, and standards change. Besides that, there isn't a single critic who has said the movie was bad BECAUSE it was a reboot, not a single one. Time to put that notion to rest. Did you like the movie? Good on you.

With that being said, you mention harping on other films, but is that not exactly what this critic does? The wide-eyed wonder quip is a direct reference to the previous films, as is the very first sentence in the same paragraph. Why is it ok for this critic to take a dig at the previous trilogy(and The Avengers, for that matter), but not for others? Be reasonable. The previous movies and other films in the genre provide context and perspective on similar films. It isn't a crime to compare and contrast.

Jul 5 - 03:38 AM

Michael Keppy

Michael Keppy

Actually one review said this would be a good summer film if it needed to exist! Thats saying its good but we dont need a reboot! THEN SHE GAVE IT A ROTTEN REVIEW! Have you read anyother reviews because I promise you there are tons along the same line.

Jul 5 - 12:49 PM

Ronald Harrison

Ronald Harrison

I have no idea what you're trying to say or argue about. I said that it isn't ok to have double standards when picking apart a critique, not sure if you're reinforcing my point or trying to engage in a pissing contest.

Jul 5 - 03:03 PM

Kyle Stone

Kyle Stone

What is your major malfunction, Private? Dost thou contradict thyself? OF COURSE you do! You JUST said that not ONE critic said that the movie was bad because it was a reboot. However, you obviously need glasses because there are MANY reviews that expresses judgment strictly on it being a reboot. Served.

Jul 7 - 03:48 AM

Ronald Harrison

Ronald Harrison

Served? You proud of yourself or something? I'm flattered.

In any case, you're wrong, troll. A little comprehension goes a very long way, but I tell you what...since you're obviously so adamant about being correct, find me a quote. One quote from one review that explicitly states that the reason the movie is rotten is because it's a reboot, and I'll kindly insert foot in mouth. Be careful now...you obviously don't mind making yourself look like a fool, but your reply might just make me help you with that.

Jul 7 - 06:00 AM

Stefaan Elsen

Stefaan Elsen

@Ronald Harrison: They just gave you a quote, master troll.

Jul 27 - 04:51 AM

Matt McKenzie

Matt McKenzie

look people can't we all just agree this movie was good and get over it? I already posted my very long review pointing out every possible way this is a superior telling of the Origin of Spider-Man on another comment review, but people are entitled to wear their nostalgia goggles and enjoy the camp.

Jul 7 - 08:21 PM

Nico Tobias

Nico Tobias

Truth be told, most of the negative reviews are centered around the fact that Webb is revisiting many plot points from the original Spider-Man film. What's being missed though is that, while perhaps the creativity is lacking with the origin story, it still done better this time around compared to Raimi's films. The casting is more accurate, the designs are cooler, and the acting is at a higher level. In a fair world, this film would hold a higher rating than Spider-Man does.

Jul 15 - 06:45 PM

Ronald Harrison

Ronald Harrison

With respect, I disagree; this notion is missing the point entirely. The issue is not that parts are being retread, it's that they aren't being done in a convincingly better way. To prove this, I challenge you to find a review that explicitly, or implicitly, for that matter, states that the movie is bad BECAUSE it's a reboot. Reading any of various reviews will show you time and time again that the common trend is that the parts that were retread from the Raimi trilogy either were done poorly, without distinction, or simply not as well as the previous series. Does that make these claims true? Of course not, it's all a matter of opinion, but my point is that the claims are perfectly valid and not a hackneyed dismissal of the movie because it's a reboot. The critics are saying that this movie is poor for the same reason the Friday the 13th and Nightmare on Elm Street reboots were. It's not BECAUSE they were remakes, but because they weren't well done. Good remake/reboot examples would be Batman Begins and 3:10 to Yuma. They took the source material and made memorable films with them.

Jul 16 - 12:52 AM

Stefaan Elsen

Stefaan Elsen

@Ronald Harrison: Com'on, critics are not going to state that assumption literally, but MOST (not all!) negative reviews do not judge this movie on its own merits. Still, they are a minority. 74% for a reboot is a great score. And btw, if you can't see the difference between Friday the 13th reboot or A Nightmare on Elm Street reboot and this movie, then you got something brown and sticky in your eyes.

Jul 27 - 05:01 AM

Zachary T

Zachary Thomas

I was thinking along the same lines -- if 2002's Spiderman and the 2012 Spiderman had switched release dates, they probably would have switched critical opinions too.

Jul 8 - 10:51 PM

Darrell Patton

Darrell Patton

I was thinking along the same lines -- if 2002's Spiderman and the 2012 Spiderman had switched release dates, they probably would have switched critical opinions too.

Hold on for a sec... you just said that... i guess there was no point in me saying it again...

Just making a point

I dont totally disagree with your post but I thought the old spidy was more likable... garfields spiderman was kinda sleezy... the kinda guy you hope your little sister doesnt bring home...

Jul 23 - 10:49 PM

Jesse Bonterre

Jesse Bonterre

Define fizz
O.o

Jul 4 - 10:51 PM

Samy W.

Samy Whitter

Fizz - The most fun champion to play in League of Legends.

Jul 5 - 03:11 AM

Ronald Harrison

Ronald Harrison

There is no way to prove such a fallacy; if the first films never existed, there's all the chance in the world that this movie would have turned out completely differently. Even then, it was a different time, people had different views, and standards change. Besides that, there isn't a single critic who has said the movie was bad BECAUSE it was a reboot, not a single one. Time to put that notion to rest. Did you like the movie? Good on you.

With that being said, you mention harping on other films, but is that not exactly what this critic does? The wide-eyed wonder quip is a direct reference to the previous films, as is the very first sentence in the same paragraph. Why is it ok for this critic to take a dig at the previous trilogy(and The Avengers, for that matter), but not for others? Be reasonable. The previous movies and other films in the genre provide context and perspective on similar films. It isn't a crime to compare and contrast.

Jul 5 - 03:37 AM

Ronny Cox

Ronny Cox

Agreed mostly...Just curious what you as critics think of these intelligent, great points?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QFInPdUQQpE&feature=related

Jul 9 - 11:52 PM

Norman Dostal

Norman Dostal

finally saw it-TERRIBLE! Peter Parker a 30 year old supermodel? Emma Stone, a HS kid who is also 30 but a scientific genius? Norma Rae as Aunt Mae? Martin Sheen with dentures so big they impede his speech? a really bad looking lizard man with a cgi face that resembles The Mummy from ten years ago? shameful

Jul 11 - 05:16 PM

Ryan McAvoy

Ryan McAvoy

Andrew Garfield is 28 and Emma Stone is only 23.

All 4 of those actors you mentioned did fantastic jobs in the film, (Except maybe norma rae. She just wasn't given enough acting opportunities in this film, and really is my only gripe with it)

Jul 22 - 01:59 PM

Bryan Hernandez

Bryan Hernandez

I liked the movie but not as much as I wanted to like it. Does that make any sense? Lol I guess what I'm trying to say is, to me the movie had many flaws and would not have received a better score than the original trilogy. I'm a grade A Spider-man fan and he has always been my favorite super hero so I guess we go way back... So to explain myself? Where do I start? Aunt May is a good one I guess. I love Sally Fields but she is not an Aunt May. Then Peter himself. They made him too cool to me- not the bookworm I grew up knowing. And whats a Spider-man movie without ol' JJJ? Rubbish...But enough of the actual characters, let's talk about the movie itself. There wasn't any memorable or great heroic scenes. I'm talking about scenes like when Spider-man had to save Mary Jane AND a bus full of kids. Or how about the fight at school when he first used his spider sense? How about his upside down kiss with Mary Jane? I haven't seen the film for a couple of years now yet I can remember those scenes. It's been a month now and I can't honestly go to someone and say- The scene when he did so and so rocked! Hell, KICK ASS was a better movie in my opinion. Remember when Hit Girl tried to save her dad? Or when Big Daddy entered the warehouse and killed all those henchmen? See what I'm talking about?? The Amazing Spider-man was a good movie- But not great. Since he is my number one super hero, I find that disappointing. =(

Jul 22 - 11:30 PM

Cathy N. Griffith

Cathy N. Griffith

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