Spider-Man 2


Spider-Man 2

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Boasting an entertaining villain and deeper emotional focus, this is a nimble sequel that improves upon the original.



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Stan Lee's all-too-human superhero returns to the screen in this highly anticipated sequel to 2002's blockbuster hit Spider-Man. Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire) is attempting to juggle college classes and his job as a photographer with the Daily Bugle while maintaining his secret life as costumed crime-fighter Spider-Man. Parker is also struggling to hold on to his relationship with Mary Jane Watson (Kirsten Dunst), who is beginning to enjoy success as a model and actress, and both Mary Jane and Peter have noticed he's beginning to buckle under the strain. Parker's friendship with Harry Osborn (James Franco) is also beginning to fray due to Peter's seeming alliance with Spider-Man, whom Harry blames for the death of his father, the nefarious Norman Osborn. As Parker weighs his responsibilities to himself and those around him against the obligations that come with his special powers, Spider-Man is faced with a new nemesis -- Dr. Otto Octavius (Alfred Molina), a deranged scientist whose latest project has turned him into the near-invincible cyborg Doctor Octopus. Spider-Man 2 was directed by Sam Raimi, who helmed the first film, and much of the original cast has also reunited for this sequel, including Rosemary Harris, J.K. Simmons, and Bruce Campbell. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi


Tobey Maguire
as Peter Parker/Spider-Man
Kirsten Dunst
as Mary Jane Watson
James Franco
as Harry Osborn
Alfred Molina
as Dr. Otto Octavius/Doc Ock
Donna Murphy
as Rosalie Octavius
J.K. Simmons
as J. Jonah Jameson
Daniel Gillies
as John Jameson
Dylan Baker
as Dr. Curt Connors
Bill Nunn
as Robbie Robertson
Aasif Mandvi
as Mr. Aziz
Cliff Robertson
as Ben Parker
Willem Dafoe
as Norman Osborn
Ted Raimi
as Hoffman
Elizabeth Banks
as Miss Brant
Gregg Edelman
as Dr. Davis
Brooke Adams
as Felicia Hardy
Elya Baskin
as Mr. Ditkovich
Hal Sparks
as Man in Elevator
Joel McHale
as Mr. Jacks
Kelly Connell
as Dr. Isaacs
Stan Lee
as Debris-Dodging Man
Brent Briscoe
as Garbage Man
Emily Deschanel
as Snooty Receptionist
Jason Fiore-Ortiz
as Henry Jackson
Scott Spiegel
as Man on Balcony
Andrew Bale
as OsCorp Executive
Christine Estabrook
as Mrs. Jameson
Molly Cheek
as Society Lady
John Paxton
as Harry's Houseman
Lou Volpe
as Man at Web
Joy Bryant
as Woman at Web
Joanne Baron
as Skeptical Scientist
Tim Jerome
as Injured Scientist
Zachry Rogers
as Boy Saved by Spider-Man
Ella Rogers
as Girl Saved by Spider-Man
Taylor Gilbert
as Mrs. Watson
Peter Vouras
as Stage Manager
Donnell Rawlings
as Pizza `Heist' Witness
Louis Lombardi
as Poker Player
Roshon Fegan
as Amazed Kid
Brendan Connor
as Theater Traffic Cop
Reed Diamond
as `Algernon'
Elyse Dinh
as Street Violinist
Tim Storms
as Chainsaw Doctor
Susie Park
as Chainsaw Nurse
Christina Della Rose
as Chainsaw Nurse
Tricia Peters
as Chainsaw Nurse
Anne Betancourt
as Woman at Fire
Venus Lam
as Child in Burning Building
Joe Virzi
as Fireman
Tom Carey
as Conductor
Jopaul Epp
as Boy with Spider-Man's Mask
Weston Ep
as Boy with Spider-Man's Mask
Peter Allas
as Train Passenger
Brianna Brown
as Train Passenger
William Calvert
as Train Passenger
Tony Campisi
as Train Passenger
Joey "Coco" Diaz
as Train Passenger
Chloe Dykstra
as Train Passenger
Simone Gordon
as Train Passenger
Danny Hicks
as Train Passenger
Janet Huege
as Train Passenger
Julia Max
as Train Passenger
Savannah Pope
as Train Passenger
Timothy Patrick Quill
as Train Passenger
Jill Sayre
as Train Passenger
Rickey G. Williams
as Train Passenger
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Critic Reviews for Spider-Man 2

All Critics (272) | Top Critics (52) | Fresh (254) | Rotten (18)

  • This is a better picture than the first because it makes its characters human, doesn't camp it up and refuses to believe that Kerpow! Kerching! is more than a constituent part of the proceedings.

    Jun 29, 2015 | Full Review…
  • Alfred Molina makes a more baroque supervillain than Willem Dafoe's Green Goblin, but the other stars seem happy to be giving us more of the same. Sam Raimi's direction, on the other hand, is even more fluent and well paced.

    Aug 5, 2013 | Full Review…
  • The web-slinging sequences are bigger-better-brighter-faster than the already spectacular ones in 2002's Spider-Man, and at the same time, the film's smaller emotional moments are denser, richer and more resonant than those in the first.

    Jul 9, 2012 | Full Review…
  • A lot of talent to lavish on a single movie, but the result is uncommonly smart for the genre, and not just smart but tremendously enjoyable.

    Jul 14, 2010
  • Simultaneously funnier, darker, and more emotional than its forebear.

    Jul 14, 2010 | Full Review…

    Nathan Rabin

    AV Club
    Top Critic
  • All in all, this sequel is a blockbuster with both a heart and a brain.

    Jun 24, 2006 | Full Review…

    Dave Calhoun

    Time Out
    Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Spider-Man 2

  • Oct 15, 2017
    Another excellent superhero movie, it improves upon the first movie slightly, but I feel both are equally good. In fact, the only problem with Spider-Man 3 is the editing (if they lose 30 minutes of fluff, goofy humor and strange, depressing scenes with Mary Jane, this movie is actually fine) . Spidey 2 is a really fun movie with a good plot, same solid supporting cast (very colorful and well-cast) and good CGI. Another home run!
    Mark H Super Reviewer
  • Jul 11, 2017
    Similarly as dated as the first Spider-Man film is, Spider-Man 2 isn't the easiest re-watch. Raimi's direction is tight but it's also not as sharp as you may remember it. But this film stood for something more, which is quite often the fault of most MCU movies in this era. Thrilling, surprising, and poignant, Spider-Man 2 showed that you don't always have to play it safe with our favorite web-slinger, there's so much more underneath the skin to address. What I really love about this film is how well it balances out screen time. We get introduced to a few new characters this time around, and of course none more prevalent than Doc Ock, played by Alfred Molina. Known now as one of the greatest superhero villains of all time, Molina stands out because of the way he's written as well as his charismatically tragic performance. It's really just your typical scientist gone mad idea, but juxtaposed with Peter's struggling personal life, it plays extremely well. Which brings me to why this film and really Spider-Man in general have an impact on audiences so heavily, his problems. Spider-Man is no longer getting bullied in high school, but that didn't remiss him from dealing with deep personal problems as a growing man. As frustrating as it is to see him try and navigate Mary Jane's mind without telling her how he really feels, it's an issue that Peter has always had. The very idea of holding in your true feelings to "save the ones closest to you" feels like it comes straight out of decades of Spider-Man lore. Even if it feels sour in today's world, it surely wasn't back in 2004. Peter also has to come to terms with the guilt he still holds over his uncle's death, and that his best friend wants to kill him. All of that while trying to balance a real job with The Daily Bugle and his life as Spider-Man is a lot to keep up with. It's those real-life problems and issues that will always be appealing to fans, and it's no different here. However, as I said, there are still a lot that's dated about this film that even the insanely good action can't overcome. I mentioned it in my review for the first film, but seeing every woman in the film either scream their head off for men throughout every action scene, or in complete awe of what a particular man can do in every action scene isn't as forgivable as you may think. Surely there's other things women can do right? It's also not the easiest to watch James Franco complain and whine about Spider-Man in just about every scene. Besides that, Spider-Man 2 is a brilliantly poignant superhero-action film. At the end of the day, there aren't too many superhero films that can say that. +About something more +Balances everything well +Train sequence -Females written poorly -Harry Osborn 8.2/10
    Thomas D Super Reviewer
  • Apr 13, 2016
    Spider-Man 2 in my opinion is the best Spider-Man movie ever made. This film has a deeper emotional focus than the first movie and is better written too. All the cast from the previous film are back, but it also introduces Alfred Molina as Doc Ock. He was perfect for the role! In my opinion he is the best villain we've gotten in the trilogy. This film focuses more on Peter's life in fact he loses his powers and lives his life as Peter Parker without changing into Spider- Man to save the day. I loved that aspect of this film, it was very interesting to see a superhero take a break and live his normal life. It shows he's a person rather than this unstoppable superhero!.... oh wait.... Probably my favourite scene in the film is the train sequence. It is intense and a fun ride. There are legitimate moments where I feel that Spider-Man is gonna die especially back in 2004 when I saw this film in the theatres for the first time when I was younger, I almost cried thinking this was the end for Spider-Man. That's how you sell action right there! Overall I love Spider-Man 2 so much. This film is one of my favourite comic book films as well as one of my favourite films of all time. I've seen this film so many times and I will keep doing so for years to come!
    Diyar G Super Reviewer
  • Mar 31, 2016
    This is a movie that surpasses the original one on many different levels! It has a better villain, a better story and, most of all, a better message. The movie is about Peter Parker who loses faith in what he does, so he loses his powers. Tobey Maguire is magnificent in this movie and he plays so well off of all the other actors in the movie. Alfred Molina is great as the villain and, as always, J.K. Simmons steal every single scene in which he is present. This is really one of the best superhero movies that has ever been made.
    Lasse G Super Reviewer

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