Spider-Man Reviews

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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
January 10, 2003
It's the kind of movie for which words of tepid praise are invented.
November 2, 2002
All the dough in the world doesn't disguise hollow, simplistic storytelling
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.
June 1, 2002
The movie artfully nails the comics' take on adolescent helplessness, but its sense of comic-book fun is in too short supply.
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.
May 8, 2002
Just as much of a boring, by-the-numbers, interchangeable mess as the next.
May 5, 2002
This captures neither the letter nor the spirit of the Spider-Man of comic book and cartoon fame
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.
May 4, 2002
This Spider-Man is a sticky popcorn film, that should appeal to a Multiplex audience looking for an escape film.
May 4, 2002
Despite its many action scenes and should-have-been tense moments, the film packs very little excitement.
May 3, 2002
It wasn't a terrible movie. Ah, but what went wrong? The filmmakers did not trust their audience.
May 3, 2002
Leave this overblown Saturday Morning Cartoon where it belongs ... in the clearance bin at your local comic book store.
May 3, 2002
The superhero part of the movie will leave audiences with a flat feeling.
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.
May 3, 2002
Feels like a bland, watered-down product of a corporate vision, designed primarily to be the safe, sadly responsible start of a summer movie franchise.
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