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The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)

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Average Rating: 5.9/10
Reviews Counted: 252
Fresh: 133 | Rotten: 119

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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All Critics (252) | Top Critics (50) | Fresh (133) | Rotten (119)

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

May 5, 2014 Full Review Source: 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
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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
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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
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... 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

We have now gotten three bad Spider-Man films in a row.

May 8, 2014 Full Review Source: Reno News and Review
Reno News and Review

A badly scripted jumble of subplots whose jostling for screen time only serves to obscure the character who is supposed to be center stage.

May 8, 2014 Full Review Source: Paste Magazine
Paste Magazine

Call me an old fuddy-duddy, but if you've seen one Spider-Man film, you've seen 'em all.

May 8, 2014 Full Review Source: Kaplan vs. Kaplan
Kaplan vs. Kaplan

The climax and resolution gave me hope for the future of this franchise, but as for "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" it might have to settle for being just another good blockbuster this summer.

May 8, 2014 Full Review Source: Schmoes Know
Schmoes Know

Audience Reviews for The Amazing Spider-Man 2

Some people turns out didn't love this sequel as much as I do, with a decent review from the general audiences and rotten reviews from the critics.. In some point I have to agree with them, the magic is quite different compared to the first movie which the drama wasn't that deep, then there's waste talent of Dane DeHaan and Paul Giamatti, while the disappointment comes from the death of GS.. The last thing irritated me, I wonder why they want to kill such an important character like that but since MJ is returning in the third movie so I think it will be forgiven in time.. But as a movie itself, for me 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2' is quite entertaining movie as the first one, so that's why I still gave this movie 4 stars despite of it's weakness..
July 20, 2014
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Sanjaya 丘耀文

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Two years ago, Sony rebooted the Spider-Man franchise under the helm of Marc Webb. While The Amazing Spider-Man didn't win over a whole lot of people, it won me over. I enjoyed Webb's take on the character. It was unique and different from Sam Raimi's interpretation even though it retold the origin story which was completely unnecessary. Now two years later, we have the sequel to the reboot, The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Marc Webb is back in the director's chair and Andrew Garfield is back in the skintight Spidey suit. I found this to be a really good sequel. I found a lot of things to appreciate about it but at the same time, there was one aspect that grinded my gears.

In this sequel, Peter Parker simply loves being Spider-Man. Although he has his critics, the city seems to admire his presence. However, his relationship with Gwen Stacy has hit some bumps along the way. Meanwhile, Harry Osborn walks back into Peter's life and their friendship also hits some bumps. There's also another subplot involving Max Dillon, Oscorp's lonely electrician who worships Spider-Man. After Max is injured in an electrical accident, he becomes Electro and lashes out on our hero. There is also another subplot with Peter finally piecing together the mystery behind his parent's disappearance.

Before I talk about the aspect I wasn't fond of, I'm going to talk about what I did like. By the way, the stuff I liked, I really liked. First off, this film has the best portrayal of Spider-Man we've seen yet. In my opinion, Andrew Garfield has completely stomped Tobey Maguire in the role of the titular hero. Garfield delivers the one-liners and quips like a natural. Also, the suit featured in this movie is the best one. I loved the huge eyes on the mask. It reminded me of the way Todd McFarlane would draw the character. Also, the web-slinging scenes were breathtaking. These sequences utilized slow motion and POV shots extremely well. By the fifteen-minute mark, I knew I was seeing the best Spider-Man. It's as if he jumped straight out of the comics and into the screen.

Andrew Garfield also plays a pretty good Peter Parker. He may not be the total nerd that Tobey Maguire showed us in the original trilogy but I really enjoy the way that character is shown here. I know some people don't like how Peter is portrayed as a hipster skater nerd but I personally like it. It's different and contemporary. Andrew Garfield does a really good job as Peter Parker. He can handle the emotional side of the character with ease and I came to care for him.

The rest of the cast did a great job. Emma Stone once again did a terrific job as Gwen Stacy. Her and Andrew Garfield's chemistry is simply adorable. It just comes off as natural which isn't surprising considering that the two are an actual couple. Sally Field did a good job as Aunt May and there is a tender moment between her and Peter. I thought Jamie Foxx was okay. I don't know a whole lot about Electro but I feel just about any actor could have played the role. When he plays Max Dillon, he came off as pretty goofy. When he was Electro, he was okay. I think Jamie Foxx would have looked ridiculous if they had gone with the original green and yellow suit. I liked how they went with a different design for Electro. He looked cool but there were some scenes that reminded me too much of Dr. Manhattan from Watchmen. My personal favorite of the supporting cast was Dane DeHaan who plays Harry Osborn. Dehaan gives James Franco a run for his money. I loved his portrayal of Harry Osborn. I love how nonchalant Harry comes off as first and then just flips out. Toward the end of the movie, he becomes a joy to watch even if his character arc was rushed. Dane DeHaan's acting skills remind of me of young Leonardo DiCaprio. If he keeps it up, this guy could become the next DiCaprio. Paul Giamatti was totally over the top in his small role but I enjoyed it. He made me laugh at how hammy it was.

The visuals in this film were awesome. The actors are able to integrate very well with the CGI. Overall, I like the visual look of this reboot. The film was shot in 35mm as opposed to digital and it looks fantastic. The film is bright, shiny, and is overall appealing to the eye. I liked how the sets were design. The goal of this reboot was to give Spider-Man a contemporary feel and they accomplished that through the visual look and design of this film. Hans Zimmer replaces James Horner this time as composer. Zimmer is not the only composer on this film. He gets some help from Junkie XL and Pharrell Williams, whose career has been on a roll lately. The composers create a memorable score that is exciting and lively. They also add a bit of dubstep into the score. Whenever Electro shot electricity, dubstep played. It was cool at first but later on, it became more of a gimmick. I loved the Alicia Keys song that played during the credits. It was catchy and fit the film perfectly.

Now on to the big gripe I had with this movie. The movie's narrative was unfocused at times. I understood what was going on but I can see why some people had a hard time following the movie. I felt the movie had one too many sublplots. You can take one of the subplots out and it would not make a difference. The film also didn't handle its villains very well. Electro was not very memorable, the Rhino was just a cameo, and there was another villain who was just shoehorned in there. I don't want to give away who the villain was but even if you haven't seen the movie, you already know who it is. The marketing pretty much gave it away. Seriously, the entire marketing team for this movie needs to be fired. They gave away a lot. Also, the film tries a little too hard to build a Spider-Man universe. Although the movie has two villains (three if you count the Rhino), I found four Easter Eggs that tease future villains. Some of the Easter Eggs were cool and others were there for the sake of being there. The film was written by Robert Orci and Alex Kurtzman, the screenwriting duo behind Transformers and Star Trek. The dialogue was pretty good but I think they crammed the film with too many ideas. It's nice to tease and foreshadow sequels but at times, it felt like that was the film's only purpose. There was also one plot twist that made roll my eyes. Another thing that annoyed me was the constant Sony product placement. It was everywhere!

Despite having a sometimes unfocused narrative, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is a hugely entertaining and is a worthy sequel to the solid reboot. It has awesome special effects, a pulse-pounding score, a terrific cast, a lot of emotion, and the best portrayal of Spider-Man yet. I will be buying the Blu-ray for sure. I hope Sony and the screenwriters can take notice of the storytelling problems that were present here and avoid them in the third film. If they avoided these problems, this could have been a much better movie. In the end, I was satisfied with what I got. Some people may have disliked this movie, but for me, I had a swinging good time with it!

"You got your braces off...now there's nothing to distract from your unibrow!"
July 9, 2014
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Bentley Lyles

Super Reviewer

the film feels like one good script and one bad script smashed together. the romantic elements and the focus on peter's story are handled fairly well, but the entire rest of the script was shallow even for a cookie cutter summer blockbuster. dane dehaan had an electric screen presence, but harry's character couldn't have been handled more poorly and the development of the sinister six seems to be happening as an afterthought. overall, solid entertainment but still far short of the sort of film spiderman deserves. just one more in a long line of decent but forgettable spiderman films.
June 6, 2014
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danny d

Super Reviewer

While the bits of web-swinging through New York are very very cool, the Electro/Jamie Foxx portions feel, uh, blah and unnecessary. The rest, the central story arc, is the classic Gwen Stacy opus from the famous Stan Lee/John Romita collaboration, is a great comic-to-movie transition and well worth your time.
June 3, 2014
ApeneckFletcher

Super Reviewer

    1. Peter Parker/Spider-Man: What's your name? Jorge. Oh, uh I'm Spiderman
    – Submitted by Jared D (24 days 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 (30 days ago)
    1. Harry Osborn: I need some of Spider-Man's blood.
    – Submitted by Miles F (45 days ago)
    1. Max Dillon/Electro: You Know Me ?
    – Submitted by Stevanus C (52 days ago)
    1. Aunt May: I once told you that secrets have a cost, the truth does too!
    – Submitted by Josh T (54 days ago)
    1. Peter Parker/Spider-Man: There's no place like home.
    – Submitted by Jake K (56 days ago)
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