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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When a failed nuclear fusion experiment results in an explosion that kills his wife, Dr. Otto Octavius (Alfred Molina) is transformed into Dr. Octopus, a cyborg with deadly metal tentacles. Doc Ock blames Spider-Man (Tobey Maguire) for the accident and seeks revenge. Meanwhile, Spidey's alter ego, Peter Parker, faces fading powers and self-doubt. Complicating matters are his best friend's (James Franco) hatred for Spider-Man and his true love's (Kirsten Dunst) sudden engagement to another man.

Cast & Crew

Tobey Maguire
Peter Parker, Spider-Man
Kirsten Dunst
Mary Jane Watson
James Franco
Harry Osborn
Alfred Molina
Dr. Otto Octavius, Doc Ock
J.K. Simmons
J. Jonah Jameson
Donna Murphy
Rosalie Octavius
Daniel Gillies
John Jameson
Dylan Baker
Dr. Curt Connors
Bill Nunn
Joseph "Robbie" Robertson
Avi Arad
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Sam Raimi
Director
Joseph M. Caracciolo
Executive Producer
Michael Chabon
Screenwriter
Steve Ditko
Writer (Comic Book)
Danny Elfman
Original Music
Bill Pope
Cinematographer
Bob Murawski
Film Editor
Neil Spisak
Production Designer
Jeff Knipp
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Critic Reviews for Spider-Man 2

All Critics (274) | Top Critics (52) | Fresh (256) | Rotten (18)

  • 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.

    June 29, 2015 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    June 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.

    August 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.

    July 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.

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

    July 14, 2010 | Full Review…

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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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