Dec 17, 2021
Raimi made this special.
Nov 9, 2020
The visuals even out the problems with characters and storyline concepts for a first-class comic book adaptation that impresses more often than not.
May 12, 2020
A perfectly-cast Tobey Maguire leads from the front with a surprisingly textured performance for a blockbuster, and the back-up he receives from co-stars Kirsten Dunst, Willem Dafoe and the electric direction of Sam Raimi is equally effective.
Nov 15, 2019
A true masterpiece, er, make that, web-masterpiece.
Aug 13, 2019
It's all lightly done, and Raimi never forgets his family-friendly, crowd-pleasing remit by making everything visually breezy and morally comprehensible.
Mar 22, 2019
Watching Spider-Man today, it's easy to see why it worked as well as it did, while also fully acknowledging those parts of the machinery that have gathered some rust in the interim.
Nov 6, 2018
Tobey Maguire brings to the film a tenderness and also a watchfulness... His ability to endow lines as basic as "Goblin, what have you done?" with introspective echoes carries the film to a deeper place.
Aug 29, 2018
If there are 15 spiders in a lab that can give you superpowers, why does just one kid get them?
Jul 7, 2015
This is about as good as a comic-to-film adaptation gets.
Jul 7, 2015
Sam Raimi's fine slapstick skills shine to their best advantage.
Jul 7, 2015
Even with its flaws it's a satisfying adventure that manages to appeal to the head and the heart even when it's taking your breath away.
Jul 7, 2015
Spider-Man is the most modest would-be summer blockbuster in a long while, an adaptation of the 40-year-old Marvel comic book that's surprisingly heartfelt, but also a bit pokey and underwhelming.
Jul 7, 2015
This is the fun blockbuster of the summer: great characters, great heart, great performances -- everything that Star Wars isn't.
Jul 7, 2015
To me the only marvel about this Marvel Comics cinema hero is that Americans should be going to see him in such large numbers.
Jul 7, 2015
In the face of almighty expectations, director Sam Raimi delivers an efficient, entertaining film which promises to crush box office records.
Jul 7, 2015
It's the unexpectedness of finding a genuine couple of young lovers caught in its web that turns spectacle into sympathy and restores life-size emotion to outside imagination.
Jul 7, 2015
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Jul 7, 2015
Spider-Man is an almost-perfect extension of the experience of reading comic-book adventures.
Jul 7, 2015
All of the pieces are in place for a successful franchise. Tobey Maguire is a perfect choice to play Peter in his mild-mannered moments and puppy-love interludes.
Aug 3, 2013
When the cast and their director are really cooking, they conjure a bipolar sense of high school-age emotion -- and use it to fuel outrageous fantasy.