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The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)

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Average Rating: 5.9/10
Reviews Counted: 256
Fresh: 136 | Rotten: 120

While the cast is outstanding and the special effects are top-notch, the latest installment of the Spidey saga suffers from an unfocused narrative and an overabundance of characters.

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Average Rating: 5.8/10
Critic Reviews: 50
Fresh: 17 | Rotten: 33

While the cast is outstanding and the special effects are top-notch, the latest installment of the Spidey saga suffers from an unfocused narrative and an overabundance of characters.

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We've always known that Spider-Man's most important battle has been within himself: the struggle between the ordinary obligations of Peter Parker and the extraordinary responsibilities of Spider-Man. But in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Peter Parker finds that a greater conflict lies ahead. It's great to be Spider-Man (Andrew Garfield). For Peter Parker, there's no feeling quite like swinging between skyscrapers, embracing being the hero, and spending time with Gwen (Emma Stone). But being

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Despite the efforts of Electro, the franchise is running shockingly low on juice.

May 5, 2014 Full Review Source: New Yorker
New Yorker
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About the best thing one can say about this fiasco is that Webb has taken only two films to reach the same exhausted, exhausting endpoint that Raimi required three to achieve. It's progress, of a sort.

May 2, 2014 Full Review Source: The Atlantic
The Atlantic
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This is a movie that needs to remove a piece of jewelry.

May 2, 2014 Full Review Source: TheWrap
TheWrap
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The trouble with director Marc Webb's disappointing sequel is it wants to have it both ways: to take seriously human connection and loss and also spin the spectacular and pulpy... Spider-Man 2 never locates that sweet spot.

May 2, 2014 Full Review Source: Denver Post
Denver Post
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The studios and the producers have to split the difference -- between excellence and adequacy, between darkness and light, between seriousness and fun. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 might have been split too far. It doesn't taste like anything.

May 2, 2014 Full Review Source: Grantland
Grantland
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I think I'll pass on The Amazing Spider-Man 3.

May 2, 2014 Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture
New York Magazine/Vulture
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There's a purely visual element to the storytelling that escapes many films of the genre - or, at least, everything but their action scenes.

August 24, 2014 Full Review Source: Projection Booth
Projection Booth

This sequel masks the tragically personal--loss, grief, guilt--beneath sparking screwball romance. Swings a fine line between comic-book lightness and ever-approaching tragedy ... when time runs out, even for the most wise-cracking young hero.

August 6, 2014 Full Review Source: Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

If the previous installment was a bit darker and more somber, this one retains some of that edge but then injects a massive dose of pure comic book joy. This is what a Spider-Man movie would look like if Marvel Studios made it...

August 1, 2014 Full Review Source: Forbes
Forbes

The film is a narrative disaster, but the character work is mostly solid and the terrific action scenes are worth the price of admission.

August 1, 2014 Full Review Source: Forbes

... pales in comparison to its predecessor as it emphasizes spectacle more than story.

June 30, 2014 Full Review Source: Cinemalogue.com
Cinemalogue.com

Another lesson on why introducing too many villains dilutes the richness of detail available when focusing on one. A delightful reboot diminished in its second act.

June 15, 2014 Full Review Source: Cinema Sight
Cinema Sight

It's like they took one good and one bad script and mashed them together... proof that the box office has become all about the franchise...

May 25, 2014 Full Review Source: MovieCrypt.com
MovieCrypt.com

Andrew Garfield is note-perfect, and the chemistry he shares with Emma Stone is reason enough to watch, but The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is too cartoony and childish for its own good. A disappointing backwards step for the series.

May 15, 2014 Full Review Source: Flix Capacitor
Flix Capacitor

Despite the number of villains and conspiracies at work in the screenplay, they actually aren't what makes this film overlong and wearying. A leaner script and/or more judicious editing re: (Peter & Gwen's) relationship would have made a better movie.

May 15, 2014 Full Review Source: Movie Dearest
Movie Dearest

Passes comic-book muster

May 15, 2014 Full Review Source: Movie Habit
Movie Habit

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 throws everything at the wall to see what sticks, but most of it just goes "splat." It is an exhausting experience, and one that feels far less than amazing.

May 13, 2014 Full Review Source: Dark Horizons
Dark Horizons

While there is much to enjoy in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, it is also hard not to feel like it is working primarily as yet another set-up, building the foundation for future films at the expense of the central narrative

May 12, 2014 Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk
Q Network Film Desk

In spite of the numbing effect of this chaotic claptrap, the movie is still blessed with an incredible super power: the chemistry between leads Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone

May 10, 2014 Full Review Source: Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

With the studio seemingly more interested in mini-Marvel-esque universe building than basic storytelling, I'll be bracing myself for another underwhelming, rather than amazing, Spider-Man.

May 10, 2014 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

"It's as if the lessons that were learned by the widely loathed, 2007 'three-quel' Spider-Man 3 were lost on the filmmakers and studio, who are condemned to repeat those mistakes of the past."

May 9, 2014 Full Review Source: Cinephiled
Cinephiled

Even the most stylized genre movie needs the occasional infusion of real-person behavior.

May 9, 2014 Full Review Source: Seven Days
Seven Days

If you're a teen, the effort to jam in so many storylines and action will fulfill you to the max, while asking too much of less forgiving audiences in the age-stretching and sensory overload.

May 9, 2014 Full Review Source: Cinema Signals
Cinema Signals

Ever get the feeling you're being jerked around?

May 9, 2014 Full Review Source: East Bay Express
East Bay Express

What corporate accounting looks like in cinematic form.

May 9, 2014 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

A 'Marvel'-ously entertaining franchise that miraculously just keeps on giving and giving!

May 9, 2014 Full Review Source: Baret News
Baret News

Audience Reviews for The Amazing Spider-Man 2

A truly electrifying blast of explosive action, great humor, strong performances and superb special effects that will keep your eyes glued to the screen. Director, Marc Webb crafts another exceptional continuation to this fantastic rebooted series with a story that delivers more fun, character development and thrills to keep you spectacularly entertaining all the way through. It's just as awesome and amazing as its predecessor. It's fiercely gripping and tremendously epic adventure. A roller-coaster or emotion, style, suspense and non-stop riveting action. Andrew Garfield is sensational, he proves once again he is really Spider-Man and Peter Parker. Garfield truly embraces this character and the love and emotion and struggle. Emma Stone is fantastic. Dane DeHaan is excellent. Jamie Foxx is terrific. Garfield has beautiful and believable chemistry with DeHaan and Stone. Foxx is an electric villain. A two and a half hour pulse pounding thrill-machine that does not quit. It's a great movie that i thoroughly enjoyed and cant wait for the third picture.
August 26, 2014
allan913

Super Reviewer

While the Amazing Spider-Man 2 suffers from some of the same problems that plagued Spider-Man 3 (too many characters and villains), it is nice to finally get some new material after so much of the first Amazing Spider-Man was retread. For that reason alone I liked this one more than the first. The returning cast is more at ease in their roles and the newcomers are solid. I liked Jamie Foxx as Electro even though the characters motivation is pretty weak. Dane Dehaan isn't as good as James Franco was as the best friend Harry Osborn, but does a much better job with the transition to villain Green Goblin. The special effects in this are outstanding. One of my complaints with the first Amazing Spider-Man was that I thought the city looked too computer generated compared to the original. In this one, it looks much better. The action is nothing we haven't seen in other superhero films, but it is effective. The Gwen Stacy and Peter Parker relationship drives the film and is very well done. I found this film highly entertaining, despite its obvious flaws, and a step in the right direction. After only being mildly excited about the prospect of a sequel after the first Amazing Spider-Man, I am definitely looking forward to what they have in store next.
August 24, 2014
jlewis07

Super Reviewer

The AMAZING Spider-Man? well not quite. With the Raimi franchise finished only five years ago in 2007 did we need a reboot of this super hero? in my opinion no we didn't and this film hasn't really changed my mind.

One can't deny the impressive new visuals and ideas for this new feature, Spider-Man does look good with new state of the art CGI effects and Spidey POV as he streaks across the night sky. The suit is pretty much the same albeit for some minor cosmetic differences, but Spider-Man's new moves during fights and skyscraper swinging are much more elaborate sexier and closer to the classic motions we all know and love from the comics and those top notch Capcom 2D fighters even!.

That said I still see no point in this film other than to show off what I just pointed out. Yes Spider-Man looks much slicker as he should five years after the last film but other than that there is nothing new here. I might add its only Spider-Man that looks good in this film, 'Lizard' looks pretty ropy if you ask me. Close ups of his face and eyes especially are pretty nice but when the action kicks in he looks like a dodgy Godzilla with a weird facial design. Obviously trying to look somewhat like the actor Ifans but it doesn't work too well.

The plot for Lizard is also kinda loose too really. He wants to turn everyone into lizards hmmm. Wouldn't that kinda make him no longer special? if everyone was the same as him he wouldn't be the strongest being around anymore, more importantly...why do this? On another note, again I realise this is a comicbook adaptation but isn't this plot like something out of a kids Saturday morning cartoon? to be more precise...a TMNT cartoon.

A lot of the film is so darn stupid also, OK its a comicbook adaptation but it just seems they have tried too hard, plus trying to squeeze too much into the one film. The origins segments seem to fly past and before you know it he's Spider-Man and everyone is calling him that! There isn't much exploration of his suit creation, he just makes it...just like that! and things happen that are just too daft to make any sense.

Parker's first use of his spider powers on the subway home is one example. some guy does something completely pointless whilst Parker sleeps (balances a beer bottle on his forehead?? duh!?). He awakes startled and leaps onto the carriage roof, sticking there, he jumps down and accidentally rips off a woman's top with his sticky fingers. Straight away some guys completely forget about the amazing feet they just saw and try to beat him up...as you would do of course.

Then of course there is all the obligatory high school fluff where Parker does things slightly out of the ordinary yet no one ever seems to question it. Yes I know its all part of the comicbook lore and gives the film some funny moments but my god its so cliched and ridiculous.

Personally I see nothing here that beats the Raimi franchise by any great lengths. Naturally the effects are much better but cast wise I actually prefer Maguire (although Dunst was terrible). Garfield was quite annoying, I found, and didn't have any of the emotion. Probably down to the fact Maguire is a good actor and Garfield is not...whoever he is.

I just feel this is all so ridiculous, they could do this every other year, just remake the same film with a pretty new cast and sparkly new effects, slap some gloss on the top and voila! yet another brand new origins remake. The thing is everyone will rush to see it too! (yes I see the irony in myself having seen it but I have a good reason for this...I'm a hypocrite). Its the same as before in a shiny new wrapper people! Hollywood must be rubbing their hands with glee.

With the amount of super hero films made and being made there really is no need for remakes/reboots of franchises that aren't very old. There are plenty of really good super hero characters out there Hollywood, lets see some of them get an adaptation, stop churning out the same spiel over and over.

Purely by the numbers cookie cutter film making in every sense and offers nothing new. There are some nice fight sequences between Spidey and Lizard yes but that's it, I get the impression that's the only reason they made this, to show off cool fights between cool comicbook characters. Cast aside the only differences are the change in villain and the visuals are prettier, everything else is as you would expect so where's the fun?.
August 8, 2014
phubbs1

Super Reviewer

Some things work really well and others really don't ; thankfully in the third act the qualities of this sequel flourish and help make "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" a flawed but enjoyable flick.
August 6, 2014
Liam Gadd

Super Reviewer

    1. Peter Parker/Spider-Man: What's your name? Jorge. Oh, uh I'm Spiderman
    – Submitted by Jared D (2 months ago)
    1. Max Dillon/Electro: You wanna know how powerful I am?!
    2. Dr. Ashley Kafka: Yeah!
    3. Max Dillon/Electro: Well, so do I! I'm dyin' to know, Doc! But you better make damn sure you kill me this time! Because if you don't, I'm gonna kill the light! So everyone in this city is gonna know how it feels to live in my world: a world without power, a world without mercy, a world without Spider-Man. And every one of you is going to see me for who I truly am!
    4. Dr. Ashley Kafka: And who are you?!
    5. Max Dillon/Electro: Don't you know?! I'm Electro!
    – Submitted by Kia M (2 months ago)
    1. Harry Osborn: I need some of Spider-Man's blood.
    – Submitted by Miles F (2 months ago)
    1. Max Dillon/Electro: You Know Me ?
    – Submitted by Stevanus C (2 months ago)
    1. Aunt May: I once told you that secrets have a cost, the truth does too!
    – Submitted by Josh T (3 months ago)
    1. Peter Parker/Spider-Man: There's no place like home.
    – Submitted by Jake K (3 months ago)
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