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Spider-Man Reviews

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Philip Kerr
New Statesman
July 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.
Steven Snyder
Zertinet Movies
March 5, 2003
This is not a good movie, but a mediocre means of passing a few hours. It is a classic example of money and special effects diluting artistic vision and talent.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
May 3, 2002
The origin story is well told, and the characters will not disappoint anyone who values the original comic books. It's in the action scenes that things fall apart.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
May 5, 2002
This captures neither the letter nor the spirit of the Spider-Man of comic book and cartoon fame
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Manohla Dargis
L.A. Weekly
June 1, 2002
Introduced in 1962, the original superhero helped to initiate the age of modern comics. Raimi hasn't figured out how to reconfigure him for the blockbuster age.
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks
January 10, 2003
It's the kind of movie for which words of tepid praise are invented.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Rob Blackwelder
May 2, 2002
...with the candy-like taste of it fading faster than 25-cent bubble gum, I realized this is a throwaway movie that won't stand the test of time. It's a trifle.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
May 4, 2002
This Spider-Man is a sticky popcorn film, that should appeal to a Multiplex audience looking for an escape film.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
May 3, 2002
The superhero part of the movie will leave audiences with a flat feeling.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
July 14, 2010
In emphasizing angst over energy, the movie is much like its hero -- not the dashing crime fighter in a red-and-black bodysuit but the introspective nerd who both endears and exasperates.
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies
May 5, 2002
Tobey Maguire is one of the only decent things about the film, and he is hampered by a completely and wholeheartedly adequate script.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
June 1, 2002
The action is too repetitive (how many different ways can you swing between buildings). Spider-man just doesn't have enough tricks up his sleeves to sustain a two-hour movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Sean O'Connell
Eclipse Magazine
May 2, 2002
Elements of Lee's classic tales may be present, but each and every one gets doctored just enough to make them feel different, distorted, and unfaithful to the source material.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Chuck Rudolph
Matinee Magazine
May 8, 2002
Just as much of a boring, by-the-numbers, interchangeable mess as the next.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
April 17, 2007
Unfortunately the film, like many of its ilk, is driven by special effects, and there's a serious disconnect between Maguire's sweet-natured dialogue and Spider-Man's pounding violence and stunning acrobatic work.
Ryan Cracknell
Apollo Guide
May 4, 2002
Despite its many action scenes and should-have-been tense moments, the film packs very little excitement.
| Original Score: 78/100
Jason Clark
Matinee Magazine
November 2, 2002
All the dough in the world doesn't disguise hollow, simplistic storytelling
Alex Sandell
Juicy Cerebellum
May 3, 2002
Leave this overblown Saturday Morning Cartoon where it belongs ... in the clearance bin at your local comic book store.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/10
Anita Schmaltz
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
August 3, 2013
Maybe having such a big budget and being able to afford so many computer effects (which aren't so hot anyway) crippled the creativity of the film.
Widgett Walls
May 3, 2002
It wasn't a terrible movie. Ah, but what went wrong? The filmmakers did not trust their audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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