The Amazing Spider-Man Reviews

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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
July 4, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Dana Stevens
Slate
July 3, 2012
This might be a fun summer blockbuster if only it even remotely needed to exist.
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Christopher Orr
The Atlantic
July 3, 2012
The Amazing Spider-Man is considerably more fun-and, yes, even touching-than so premature a reboot had any right to be.
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
July 3, 2012
On the whole, it's passable stuff, a surprise, given how mechanical the masked character seemed.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Laremy Legel
Film.com
July 3, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Tom Charity
CNN.com
July 3, 2012
At 28, Garfield's slightly older than Maguire was when he played Peter Parker in 2002, but his combination of fresh-faced innocence, nervous agitation and wry humor is immediately appealing.
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July 3, 2012
Here comes another Spider-dude: This Andrew Garfield guy. So he'd better be really something, right? Well, as it happens, he is.
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
July 3, 2012
This hugely elaborate production is supposed to be the reboot of a foundering franchise, but rebooting a computer wipes the silicon slate clean. In the movie, what's old is old again.
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
July 3, 2012
Brings fresh faces and 3-D bells and whistles to the adventures of a moody nerd-boy who gets bitten by a radioactive arachnid and morphs into a smart-talking, web-slinging, thug-busting superhero.
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Tom Long
Detroit News
July 3, 2012
How amazing can it be? We all just saw this movie when "Spider-Man" came out a decade ago.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
July 3, 2012
It's the most anonymous superhero film since Green Lantern.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
July 2, 2012
It spends a lot of time improving Spidey's gear -- textured Spandex, stronger webbing -- but fails to do the one thing it was created to do: bring something new to a familiar tale.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
July 2, 2012
Pretty good summer flick!
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
July 2, 2012
The idea that to be rendered superhuman is neither some sombre moral privilege nor a queasy Faustian temptation but a prelude to ungovernable slapstick might be just what the genre needs.
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
July 2, 2012
Now that all the fussy exposition has been taken care of, the real fun can begin in earnest: Long may he weave.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
July 2, 2012
The Amazing Spider-Man is at least better than Raimi's Spider-Man 3, which was a mess.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
July 2, 2012
It's a nice try, but you wish all this talent could bring us something we haven't seen before. Sorry, Spidey.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
July 2, 2012
Mr. Webb's Spider-Man movie works only because he keeps the whole package, at least until the requisite final blowout, tethered to his two appealing leads.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
July 2, 2012
With great stories come great responsibilities. This one doesn't measure up.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
July 2, 2012
This is the second-best Spider-Man movie yet made. In the previous trilogy, only Spider-Man 2 surpasses it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
July 2, 2012
More honourable than "amazing," the latest reboot of the Spider-man franchise brings Marvel Comics web-slinging super-hero down to earth, in a mostly satisfactory way.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
July 2, 2012
The whiz-bang stuff doesn't kick in until the Peter-Gwen relationship (which is the best thing in the movie) is firmly established.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
July 2, 2012
This fourth installment is a complete reboot, returning to the web-slinger's creation story, and Garfield, more than any other factor, contributes to the sense of a darker vision along the lines of The Dark Knight.
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Glenn Kenny
MSN Movies
July 2, 2012
... if you're not sick of superhero movies by now, this is a relatively decent one.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Mary F. Pols
TIME Magazine
July 2, 2012
None of this is new to us, but Garfield and Webb make it feel convincingly fresh and exciting.
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
July 2, 2012
From the first image of sensory awakening to the final acceptance of adult responsibility, it pulses with the warm blood of a very human hero.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
July 2, 2012
The nerve-racking duality of his character's situation is all there in Garfield's face and body language.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
July 2, 2012
Director Marc Webb's action-adventure is grounded in a recognizable reality, but is also full of thrills. It's dark and mysterious, but doesn't skimp on fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
July 2, 2012
If you think you've seen this all before - you have. Yet you haven't seen it quite like this - so shiny, so spectacular, so literally "Amazing."
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
July 1, 2012
For all its underlying cynicism, the new Spidey picture is pretty damn good.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
July 1, 2012
There's something inherently depressing about what this movie says about the state of summer blockbusters in general and superhero movies in particular.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
July 1, 2012
As a new chapter in the superpowered arachnid saga, it stands on its own quite nicely, focusing more on human emotions than on a panoply of special effects.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
July 1, 2012
Garfield and Stone are good enough to ensure that you won't miss their predecessors, but you may well wonder where Doc Ock is now that we really need him.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
July 1, 2012
Watching Garfield swinging through New York or toying with criminals after he captures them is reason enough to welcome another telling of the tale.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Randy Myers
San Jose Mercury News
June 29, 2012
Even though the story is familiar it's hand to not get drawn into its own unique web.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
June 29, 2012
Whatever your thoughts about rebooting the Spider-Man franchise after a mere five years in mothballs, The Amazing Spider-Man winds up being a thrilling and, occasionally, even exhilarating spin on a familiar saga.
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Chris Packham
Village Voice
June 29, 2012
An inexcusably good reboot-thing...
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
June 29, 2012
Do we really need another Spider-Man movie? As long as it's this much fun - yes, yes, we do.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
June 29, 2012
If we didn't really need to be told Spidey's origin story again, at least it's done with more detail and provides better reasons for why Peter Parker throws himself into his superhero role.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
June 28, 2012
What's most amazing in The Amazing Spider-Man turns out to be not the shared sensations of blockbuster wow! the picture elicits, but rather the shared satisfactions of intimate awww.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
June 28, 2012
I don't really see why the Spidey reboot was needed right now, but The Amazing Spider-Man has its virtues. Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone are stellar and director Marc Webb has crafted a Spider-Man that touches the heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
June 28, 2012
Sometimes dull and mostly uninspired, it's much less a satisfying reboot like "Batman Begins'' than a pointless rehash in the mode of "Superman Returns.''
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
June 26, 2012
Garfield plays Peter as more of a misunderstood outsider, a rebel with a chip on his shoulder, a guy who wasn't afraid to stand up to the class bully even before he underwent his transformation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Boyd van Hoeij
Variety
June 21, 2012
A mostly slick, entertaining and emotionally involving recombination of fresh and familiar elements.
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Jordan Mintzer
Hollywood Reporter
June 21, 2012
Leaping back onto the screen with a new cast, crew, costume and a whole new array of daddy issues, The Amazing Spider-Man reboots the top grossing Marvel franchise to altogether satisfying results.
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
June 20, 2012
We're never far from romance or laughs, and at times 'The Amazing Spider-Man' feels like a romcom upgraded to include 3D and industrial cobwebs.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5