Spider-Man Reviews

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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
July 7, 2015
Spider-Man is an almost-perfect extension of the experience of reading comic-book adventures.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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David Germain
Associated Press
August 3, 2013
With earnest, unpretentious delivery, Maguire is an eminently likable hero audiences will root for from his earliest moments as the class wimp.
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August 3, 2013
At its best, Spider-Man takes the adolescent yearning at the heart of most superhero sagas and gives it a lovely swing.
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
April 12, 2013
Coarse mayhem notwithstanding, Spider-Man will probably provoke a pandemic of arachnophilia.
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
April 12, 2013
The perils and advantages of being bitten by a genetically modified spider are made abundantly clear in Sam Raimi's enjoyable, if broken-backed, exercise in high-cost pulp.
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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.
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David Ansen
Newsweek
July 6, 2010
Even at its most generic, Raimi's amiable movie doesn't forget its human scale.
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
March 5, 2008
A perfectly serviceable early-summer popcorn picture that will satisfy its core teen constituency and not displease general viewers looking for some disposable entertainment.
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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.
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Tom Charity
Time Out
June 24, 2006
This accomplished blockbuster announces itself as a stylish piece of pop myth-spinning.
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Mark Caro
Chicago Tribune
July 20, 2002
With his big, round, soulful eyes, Maguire always has been able to convey a sense of wonder, and his instinct for understatement also serves him well here.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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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.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 26, 2002
Raimi gives this unapologetic fluff a mind, a heart and a keen sense of fun.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
May 6, 2002
[A]n energetic romp.
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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
May 5, 2002
Despite all the computer-generated effects and highflying superhero theatrics, this roughly $120 million movie is, with few exceptions, remarkable only in its small human touches.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
May 4, 2002
This is a pure popcorn movie -- the kind of film one can unabashedly enjoy for what it is.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
May 3, 2002
With disarmingly entertaining movies like this, dare I say, who needs big bad superhero movies?
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
May 3, 2002
An exuberance, a celebration, a hoot, a kick and a half.
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
May 3, 2002
A blockbuster with a heart and a brain.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
May 3, 2002
A movie that both thrills the eye and, in its over-the-top way, touches the heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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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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John Anderson
Newsday
May 3, 2002
Speaking in terms of spectacle, craft, romance and humor, it's the movie to beat this summer.
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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
May 3, 2002
Maguire is a surprisingly effective Peter/Spider-Man.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
May 3, 2002
Exciting as it is tender and romantic, Raimi's Spider-Man looks like a movie that will please not only the Spider-Man converted but also the viewer who just wanders in.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Steven Rosen
Denver Post
May 3, 2002
Plays like a sensitive 1980s-era John Hughes teen film ... interrupted by really tawdry special effects and hammy appearances by a cartoonish villain played by Willem Dafoe.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
May 3, 2002
Even when it sputters, this Spider-Man is loftier than most attempts at movie wizardry.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Sam Allis
Boston Globe
May 3, 2002
Raimi crafted a complicated hero who is a welcome relief from the usual two-dimensional offerings.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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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
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
May 3, 2002
To its credit focuses mainly on the warm-hearted human tale of the innocent superhero in a hard world, rather than on visual dazzle.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jonathan Foreman
New York Post
May 3, 2002
A surprisingly charming and even witty match for the best of Hollywood's comic-book adaptations.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Mike Clark
USA Today
May 3, 2002
This is a rare twisted crowd-pleaser for longtime fans as well as novices -- or for those that don't know an arachnid from an insect.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Charles Taylor
Salon.com
May 2, 2002
What holds the movie together is its modest, sweet spirit.
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
May 2, 2002
Though [Raimi's] Spider-Man marks time more than it needs to and is no more than sporadically exhilarating, it does enough things right to be a solid comic-book citizen.
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
May 2, 2002
The filmmakers have succeeded in rejuvenating the character while staying faithful to his roots.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
May 2, 2002
[Raimi's] passion for his source material is evident in every frame of this big, light, endearingly square movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
May 2, 2002
Good show, Spidey: We knew you had it in you.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
May 2, 2002
Webmasterful. That's Tobey Maguire as angsty nerd Peter Parker and his arachnid alter ego Spider-Man.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
May 2, 2002
A yarn that respects the Marvel version without becoming ensnared by it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
May 2, 2002
Looks like about a trillion dollars' worth of digital effects and 25 cents' worth of plot.
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
May 2, 2002
A good movie that would be a better one if it were 15 minutes shorter, and a great movie if it were a half-hour shorter.
| Original Score: 3/4
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May 2, 2002
An escapist confection that's pure entertainment.
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
May 2, 2002
A picture jam-packed with swinging action scenes, spiffy spider jokes and an unforced earnestness that never becoes corny or tongue-in-cheek.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
May 2, 2002
A canny franchise escapade; it gets the job done.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
April 30, 2002
This long-awaited future franchise is a competent seat-warmer at the box-office table for the two weekends preceding George Lucas's Attack of the Clones.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
April 22, 2002
Guileless and charming with a perpetual look of startled bewilderment at the super powers he possesses, Maguire is perfect as an ordinary guy with a big secret.