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The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)

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Average Rating: 6.2/10
Reviews Counted: 46
Fresh: 33 | Rotten: 13

Thanks to Marc Webb's confident directing and talented cast, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 entertains in spite of its crowded canvas and occasionally stilted narrative.

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Thanks to Marc Webb's confident directing and talented cast, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 entertains in spite of its crowded canvas and occasionally stilted narrative.

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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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All Critics (46) | Top Critics (2) | Fresh (33) | Rotten (13)

The plot gets itself tangled up in multiple villain strands, but in the main this installment is emotionally weightier and more satisfying than its predecessor.

April 8, 2014 Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter
Hollywood Reporter
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Redundancy remains a problem, but this overlong superhero sequel gets by on sound, fury and star chemistry.

April 8, 2014 Full Review Source: Variety
Variety
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Strong characters portrayed by talented actors are unfairly overshadowed by Webb's indecisive direction, with Webb not sure if he wants to make a superhero action/drama or a 142 minute cartoon.

April 18, 2014 Full Review Source: Matt's Movie Reviews
Matt's Movie Reviews

Despite some risible moments (often involving computers), this is overall a fresh and funny addition to the Marvel canon.

April 18, 2014 Full Review Source: Film4

The amazing 3D mayhem wreaked by Electro in New York's Times Square is worth the price of admission alone.

April 18, 2014 Full Review Source: Daily Star
Daily Star

For all its attractive elements, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is hoary, unconvincing fare. The cobwebs are beginning to show.

April 18, 2014 Full Review Source: Independent
Independent

A fun, if undemanding sequel, that just about gets away with its shortcomings.

April 18, 2014 Full Review Source: The Ooh Tray
The Ooh Tray

Suffers badly by comparison with the cogent, witty Avengers flicks. This feels like a campy Saturday-morning cartoon left over from the 1970s.

April 18, 2014 Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher
Flick Filosopher

I'm extremely pleased to say that there may be hope for our friendly, neighbourhood spandex wearing New Yorker.

April 17, 2014 Full Review Source: 2UE That Movie Show
2UE That Movie Show

Its screenplay may clunk, and its logic may be questionable even by the standards of comic book movies, but The Amazing Spider-Man 2 remains a rather fun bit of cinematic overkill.

April 17, 2014 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
We Got This Covered

The narrative drifts, and those extravagant effects, paradoxically, make the film eminently forgettable, or at least indistinguishable from every other CGI-heavy assault on our senses.

April 17, 2014 Full Review Source: Daily Mail [UK]
Daily Mail [UK]

Garfield carries a massive Hollywood blockbuster on his shoulders and makes it look like the simplest thing in the world.

April 17, 2014 Full Review Source: Daily Express
Daily Express

Director Marc Webb handles the multiple storylines and characters with aplomb and the action is vibrant, stylish and often funny.

April 17, 2014 Full Review Source: Daily Express
Daily Express

Garfield is impressively lithe in the suit, plausibly vulnerable out of it, and it's hard to imagine a better Spidey.

April 17, 2014 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

We're pushed by a heavy hand to the film's conclusion. What happens? ... There's slow motion. Copious computer effects. Even more slow motion. Cogs and distractions. And then... well, the comics did this simpler and better in the Seventies.

April 17, 2014 Full Review Source: The Spectator
The Spectator

High-energy entertainment; Andrew Garfield's Peter Parker has rangy charm and there is a genuine romantic spark between him and Emma Stone, as sharp as ever playing Gwen Stacy.

April 17, 2014 Full Review Source: Guardian [UK]
Guardian [UK]

You friendly neighbourhood web-slinger returns for more of the same, albeit with added confusion and much less charm.

April 17, 2014 Full Review Source: Little White Lies
Little White Lies

A thrilling, emotional film with baby fat sticking out of its spandex.

April 17, 2014 Full Review Source: Film School Rejects
Film School Rejects

Watching a computer generated Spider-Man fly across the screen in slow-mo, then fast-mo, then slow-mo... it just doesn't generate a lot of excitement.

April 16, 2014 Full Review Source: ABC Radio Brisbane
ABC Radio Brisbane

Such a massive improvement over its predecessor that it may cause whiplash

April 16, 2014 Full Review Source: The Popcorn Junkie
The Popcorn Junkie

Tries hard to justify its presence, but with far too much angst and not enough to invest in, it fails.

April 16, 2014 Full Review Source: Flicks.co.nz
Flicks.co.nz

Amazing in places, overcooked at others, Marc Webb's sequel to The Amazing Spider-Man is a generally crowd-pleasing affair that thrives on the ability of leading man Andrew Garfield.

April 16, 2014 Full Review Source: Indie London
Indie London

Audience Reviews for The Amazing Spider-Man 2

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.
April 16, 2014
Liam Gadd

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As presented in The Amazing Spider-Man (2012), Andrew Garfield presented himself to be a promising candidate in portraying the web-slinger. Once again he has proven his worth as we are given a confident, courageous and slightly cocky (not in a bad way this time) Peter Parker with his alternative life. It is a shame that Garfield isn't the strongest when it comes to rather emotional scenes. Director Marc Webb clearly specializes in having a convincing and loving relationship between specific characters. Emma Stone is the brave and gorgeous Gwen Stacey who is Garfield's other half (in film and real life) and the true chemistry between both performers undoubtedly plays superbly within the film.

If you are someone expecting a decent story from this picture, you might be better off elsewhere. With sequels needing to seem and act bigger than their predecessors, this story ends up slightly all over the place. Within this film it constantly jumps from the relationship with Parker's love, to the search for his parents past, arguing with Aunt May (Sally Field) and battling villains. The story expands into numerous varieties that viewers could slowly lose interest, this is due to most events featuring a lack of focus.
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Going back to the topic of false advertisement, the villains are advertised to ally together and destroy Spider-Man. Instead they encounter and attack him one at a time, draining any anticipation for the big battle that never happens. These lackluster duels could be from how quickly they start and end, as well as the lack of character development from the films fiendish foes. The most tedious example is Rhino (Paul Giamatti) who only appears as Russian thug within the film's opening and reappears in his battle suit at the extreme end. Aside from his stereotypical and slightly unconvincing Russian accent, this villain has no development and is hardly in the film; therefore you really just don't care.

Next on the agenda is Electro (Jamie Foxx), who had the potential for being the real spark that escalated the films story and quality. Instead we are given a performance where you admire Foxx's character before his transformation and then have to cope with constant flashes of dodgy lightning for the remaining 2 hours. Out of the villains, Dane DeHann's portrayal of Harry Osborn is as strong as the film's protagonist until he becomes the Green Goblin. Whilst lacking the power, intimidation and menace that Willem Dafoe so perfectly executed in Sam Raimi's Spider-Man (2002), this last second foe literally appears after one massive battle and easily becomes subdued, further questioning the point in featuring this third force of evil.

Despite the unsurprising strength in the characters and relationship between Garfield and Stone, it's a real shame the web crawler cannot stand alone with too many broken legs. With hit and miss visual effects, a slightly scrambled story and disappointing villains, these errors need to be taken into consideration so that future installments don't just rely on very few good performances.
April 16, 2014
Samuel Riley
Samuel Riley

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Looks ambitious, fun, and emotionally satisfying. If The Amazing Spider-Man 2 lives up to everything that we have seen so far, it will be one phenomenal film.
March 8, 2014
Joey Traverso

Super Reviewer

Stars for the presence of Emma Stone the best thing going for it.
April 19, 2014
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    1. Peter Parker/Spider-Man: Gwen! No!
    – Submitted by Trevor C (3 days ago)
    1. Peter Parker/Spider-Man: I'm the only one who can stop them. I'm Spider-Man.
    – Submitted by Mikey M (6 days ago)
    1. Peter Parker/Spider-Man: I made a choice.
    – Submitted by Mikey M (6 days ago)
    1. Peter Parker/Spider-Man: I made a choice, this is my path.
    – Submitted by Scott W (12 days ago)
    1. Max Dillon/Electro: Let's go catch a spider!
    – Submitted by Scott W (12 days ago)
    1. Harry Osborn: We have the power now. We literally, can change the world.
    – Submitted by Scott W (12 days ago)
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