Dec 17, 2021
Still one of the best superhero films of all-time.
Sep 20, 2021
Despite a total of four writers and filming beginning before an official script was completed, Spidey 2 contains more coherent drama, action and character development than a dozen of the usual Hollywood blockbusters.
Feb 15, 2021
A cartoonish "coming-of-age" story, tepid liberalism, limp satire. Given the current state of things, this is dangerously weak material.
Oct 11, 2020
A groundbreaking, epic masterpiece, Spider-Man 2 sees Sam Raimi continue to make great use of Stan Lee and Steve Ditko's classic stories to deliver the rare perfect sequel.
May 1, 2020
It does delude the possibility of a different Marvel, less limited and more permeable to authorship and the unpredictable forces of the fantastic. [Full Review in Spanish]
Aug 13, 2019
Not compelled to spend time sketching in the origin of Spider-Man, Raimi can flesh out his villain of the piece, Dr Octopus, and it's a lovely performance by Alfred Molina.
Apr 18, 2019
Raimi's film delivers a carefully balanced mix of warm-hearted sentiment and exhilarating spectacle. Darkening the tone, but never straying very close to the edge, this is feel-good fantasy.
Mar 22, 2019
Displays the kind of poise and confidence that can only happen when you're following on from a critical smash that also became one of the most successful movies of all time.
Aug 29, 2018
Due to back pain, Tobey Maguire was almost replaced by Jake Gyllenhaal, the Topher Grace of Gyllenhalls.
Aug 26, 2017
The second installment of the trilogy, co-scripted by Michael Chabon, is a real supe-opera, with the usual young adult turmoil pushed into the realms of comic-book mythology with the complications of his power, guilt, and responsibility.
Aug 24, 2017
Spiderman 2 is has got a little bit of everything: angst, explosions, tight suits, bad guys, good guys, more explosions.
Jun 15, 2017
Spider-Man 2 is not a great movie. It is, however, a great superhero movie, one of the best ever made. If only its influence could more clearly be felt in the "Avengers" CGI-fests of today.
Jun 29, 2015
The trick with Spider-Man is to swing both ways -- the superheroics and the super lack of self-esteem -- without getting mired in the dreary introspective moping that did for Ang Lee's awful Hulk. Spider-Man 2 balances it all but perfectly,
Jun 29, 2015
Maybe it has something to do with Sam Raimi's skills as a director, or with Tobey Maguire's very human central performance, but the Spider-Man films are by far the best of the superhero genre.
Jun 29, 2015
Spider-Man 2 ranks alongside Superman II and both X-Men films as the best screen adaptations of comic book heroes, a status that, as we've seen through the years, isn't as easy to master as it sounds.
Jun 29, 2015
A sequel that not only outstrips its predecessor but has a perversity and quick-wittedness that hardly seem to belong in a comic-book movie.
Jun 29, 2015
Spider-Man 2 is better than just dark, it's touched by authentic teenage paranoia and neurosis.
Jun 29, 2015
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.
Aug 24, 2014
An expertly crafted mix of drama, romance, humour and action that outdoes its more conventionally generic predecessor.
Aug 24, 2014
Emotionally deeper, better looking and twice as exciting as the blockbuster that kicked off the franchise two years ago, Spider-Man 2 just became the new gold standard for the current crop of super-hero movies.