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Spider-Man 2 Reviews

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Mark Steyn
The Spectator
June 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,
David Stratton
At the Movies (Australia)
June 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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Steve Persall
Tampa Bay Times
June 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.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Anthony Quinn
Independent (UK)
June 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.
Jonathan Romney
Independent on Sunday
June 29, 2015
Spider-Man 2 is better than just dark, it's touched by authentic teenage paranoia and neurosis.
Derek Malcolm
London Evening Standard
June 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.
John Hazelton
Screen International
August 24, 2014
An expertly crafted mix of drama, romance, humour and action that outdoes its more conventionally generic predecessor.
James Vance
Tulsa World
August 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.
David Crumpler
Florida Times-Union
August 24, 2014
Through it all, Maguire remains the ideal actor to play the conflicted superhero. Earnest and vulnerable, you see why he delights in the transformation to superhero. And why he also feels its burden.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
August 5, 2013
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.

Total Film
August 5, 2013
A comic-book sequel to surpass even X2, this is a resounding success.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Sloan Freer
Radio Times
August 5, 2013
With the reluctant hero's origins covered in the first movie, a sequel offered returning director Sam Raimi the chance to have some real fun. And that's exactly what he does.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Leah Rozen
People Magazine
August 5, 2013
For summer popcorn fun, this movie has it all: special effects, romance, action and humor.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Dan DeMaggio
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
August 5, 2013
Director Sam Raimi's follow-up to his first Spider-Man is damn near perfect.
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
July 9, 2012
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.
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
June 29, 2012
It hits the ground at ramming speed and, slightly over two hours later, collapses in blissful exhaustion.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 28, 2010
A popcorn pleasure with heart, soul, and insight.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
July 14, 2010
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.
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
July 14, 2010
Simultaneously funnier, darker, and more emotional than its forebear.
Cole Smithey
July 11, 2010
There are plenty of surprises in this compelling Hollywood cartoon-inspired movie that tops everything else in the genre.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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