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Spider-Man 2 Reviews

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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.
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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.
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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.
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
June 24, 2006
All in all, this sequel is a blockbuster with both a heart and a brain.
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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
August 7, 2004
It improves on the first one: better action, better comedy.
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
August 1, 2004
Like the first installment, refreshingly perverse in its intent.
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Julien Lapointe
Chicago Reader
July 20, 2004
Raimi is good with the details.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
July 9, 2004
Spider-Man 2 is much more a grown-up love story than its predecessor.
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Charles Taylor
Salon.com
July 3, 2004
For a big-budget action movie Spider-Man 2 is modest and not assaultive -- it has a boring decency.
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
June 30, 2004
Spider-Man 2 has all manner of fancy CGI improvements on its precursor, but in the end it's the old-style action sequences that carry it.
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Michael Booth
Denver Post
June 30, 2004
Easily the most fun movie of the summer, an all-ages show that crawls deep into the heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
June 30, 2004
A terrifically entertaining comic book of a movie that mixes action and romance in ways that give it heft and heart.
Read More | Original Score: A-
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
June 30, 2004
This triumphant sequel to the hard-to-top 2002 original may be the first great comic-book movie in the age of self-help and CGI wizardry, an entertainment in which both the thrills and the therapeutic personal growth are well earned.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
June 30, 2004
This Spidey ain't heavy, this Spidey ain't light -- this Spidey weighs in just right.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
June 30, 2004
A masterpiece of pop filmmaking -- a fantastic, exuberant entertainment that manages to be both sleek and substantial without being patronizing.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
June 30, 2004
The new, improved SM2 has a far smoother narrative line, as well as more amazing special effects, including even more terrific swinging.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
June 30, 2004
Doc Ock is a far more interesting character than Willem Dafoe's Green Goblin from the first picture, and he's a lot funnier, too.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
June 30, 2004
As fine a repeat experience as our foolish, creativity-challenged tradition of sequelizing allows.
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
June 29, 2004
Maguire, with his dim eyes and his forlorn voice, gives the movie an emotional center utterly rare for this sort of thing.
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June 29, 2004
Spider-Man 2 has the cleanest emotional arc of any comic-book movie, ever. For all the simulation, it breathes.
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
June 29, 2004
This is undoubtedly the most fun you'll have at the multiplexes this season, or maybe even this year.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
June 29, 2004
Smart, fun entertainment made by people who took nothing for granted, including the audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
June 29, 2004
A deeply satisfying and involving sequel.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
June 29, 2004
[Raimi pulls] off the amazing feat of one-upping the original.
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
June 29, 2004
Sequels don't get much better -- or smarter -- than the action-, drama-, romance- and comedy-packed Spider-Man 2.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
June 29, 2004
Spider-Man 2 is a perfect blend of summer action, a big movie with a deeply personal story.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
June 29, 2004
Spider-Man 2 won't just grab your guts -- it will take your heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
June 29, 2004
Sensational enough for power-fantasy fans, it also tells a strong story that tugs agreeably on our heartstrings.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
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Tom Long
Detroit News
June 29, 2004
Well worth seeing for comic and action fans, but let's hope for a lower hand-wringing quotient next time around.
Read More | Original Score: B
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
June 29, 2004
If the first installment of Spider-Man lived up to expectations, the new film surpasses them.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
June 29, 2004
The best comic book-styled adventure since the 23-year-old Raiders of the Lost Ark.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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June 29, 2004
Every bit as good -- if not better -- than the original.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
June 29, 2004
The best superhero movie since the modern genre was launched with Superman (1978).
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
June 29, 2004
This sequel is a more complete, not to mention more complex, experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Steve Murray
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
June 29, 2004
Spider-Man, Spider-Man, does whatever a sequel can. And then some.
Read More | Original Score: B+
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
June 29, 2004
As visually stunning and loyal to character development as the first film.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
June 29, 2004
The movie's first half is talky bordering on tiresome -- endlessly rehashing the same mix of frustrated puppy love, survivor guilt, and identity crisis.
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Mike Clark
USA Today
June 28, 2004
Has something for everyone.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
June 28, 2004
[The first big fight scene] looks so realistic that it's hard to believe the whole thing was shot in a computer.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
June 28, 2004
Doc Ock grabs this film with his quartet of sinisterly serpentine mechanical arms and refuses to let go.
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Mark Caro
Chicago Tribune
June 28, 2004
Until it develops a bad case of verbosity toward the end, it improves upon its predecessor in almost every way, delivering flashier thrills while digging deeper into its characters and adding an overlay of wit.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
June 28, 2004
A big Hollywood machine that's unexpectedly full of wit and -- dare we say it? -- intelligence.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
June 28, 2004
A worthy sequel to the 2002 blockbuster, Spider-Man 2 will deposit fans somewhere on the satisfaction spectrum between quietly pleased and overjoyed.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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John Anderson
Newsday
June 28, 2004
Spider- Man 2 is that rare thing, a thoroughly successful sequel.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
June 28, 2004
Spider-Man 2 is full of bright colors, emphatic noises and elaborate special effects. That much is to be expected. But its distinguishing features, I'm happy to report, are strong characters and honest feelings.
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
June 23, 2004
Crackerjack entertainment from start to finish.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
June 23, 2004
Production values exceed those of the earlier film in creating a comic book world with design, costumes, cinematography and CG effects that deliver the 'wow' factor in spades.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
June 21, 2004
[F]aster, funnier and more entertaining than the original.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
June 15, 2004
Spider-Man 2 is all you can ask for in summer fun.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4