Spider-Man 3 Reviews

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Bob Mondello
NPR.org
October 18, 2008
At 141 minutes, this supe-opera is seriously overextended, with four distinct subplots and way too much hand-wringing over things like the heroine's singing career.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
November 16, 2007
Too many villains, too many pale plot strands, too many romantic misunderstandings, too many conversations, too many street crowds looking high into the air and shouting "oooh!" this way, then swiveling and shouting "aaah!" that way.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
May 5, 2007
Notwithstanding a cute scene in which Peter enlists suave maitre d' Bruce Campbell to help him propose to Mary Jane, director Sam Raimi's juggling of the comedy and the action is unusually flat-footed.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
May 4, 2007
Raimi at least manages to make it both huge and human.
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
May 4, 2007
After two epic successes that deserved their success, the latest installment swings between intense action sequences and unaccountably flat dramatic interludes.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
May 4, 2007
One has to consider that the film's problems -- and they are numerous -- may be the product of the franchise's runaway popularity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
May 4, 2007
If there's a moral to be gleaned from Spider-Man 3 -- aside from the fact that heavily promoted franchise movies tend to rake in megabucks -- it's this: Movies don't necessarily need to hit grand slams to score.
| Original Score: B
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Michael Booth
Denver Post
May 4, 2007
All in all, the fun has simply gone out of it.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Tom Charity
CNN.com
May 4, 2007
An extravagant three-ring circus of a movie from director Sam Raimi, but it's not without a struggle.
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
May 4, 2007
Aesthetically and conceptually wrung out, fizzled rather than fizzy, this latest installment in the spider-bites-boy adventure story shoots high, swings low and every so often hits the sweet spot, but mostly just plods and plods along.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Ben Walters
Time Out
May 4, 2007
The tone is ultimately more subdued than your average superhero movie. Kudos to Raimi for making it feel justified.
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
May 3, 2007
Spider-Man 3 is far from a flop, and I'm sure the Spider-maniacs will eat it up. For me, it's a buffet without much aftertaste.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
May 3, 2007
It's mostly enjoyable. But it's a limping effort compared with the first two. The trilogy hobbles to a finish when it should have soared.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
May 3, 2007
In an apparent effort to put a stake in the heart of the franchise that threatens to define his career, director Sam Raimi has delivered an overlong, visually incoherent, mean-spirited and often just plain awful Spider-Man 3.
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Dana Stevens
Slate
May 3, 2007
It's odd to think of Spider-Man 2 as a small movie, but next to the clanking, wheezing contraption that is Spider-Man 3, that $784 million-grossing megahit feels like some little Sundance indie.
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Christopher Orr
The New Republic
May 3, 2007
Spider-Man 3 offers a touching portrait of the need for humility in the face of great success. It's a lesson the creators of this oversized blockbuster-in-waiting might have taken a little more to heart.
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
May 3, 2007
At 140 minutes, it's not a difficult movie to sit through. It's just difficult to enjoy.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
May 3, 2007
Maguire has made Peter/Spidey all his own; the supporting characters are marvelous, but it's his brave, soulful work that pulls it all together.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 3, 2007
My guess is that when the summer blockbuster season finishes pummeling us with formula, Spider-Man 3 is going to look like one of the few that was touched by human hands.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
May 3, 2007
I liked it. To place a sensitive story in a male-epic genre -- to dramatize feelings of angst and personal betrayal worthy of an Ingmar Bergman film, and then to dress them up in gaudy comic-book colors -- is to pull off a smartly subversive drag show.
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
May 3, 2007
This is a wonderfully imagined, heartfelt piece of pop entertainment that soars not only for its spectacular eye candy, but also during the moments when its protagonists simply stand still and talk to each other.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
May 3, 2007
Watching Spider-Man 3, you more than once get the impression that, for the principal artists and technicians who've been with the series from the get-go, the thrill has somehow gone out of it for them this time around.
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
May 3, 2007
What's with all the crying? Both heroes and villains shed tears so readily, you almost want to stand up mid-screening and ask director Sam Raimi to stop the projector so everybody can have a group hug.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
May 3, 2007
The script is busy with so many supporting characters and plot detours that the series' charming idiosyncrasy is sometimes lost in the noise. Fortunately, it's entertaining noise.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
May 3, 2007
The result? Predictably, by the time of the big, swinging-through-the-concrete-canyons climax, we've pretty much lost interest.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
May 3, 2007
The combat showstoppers, though still too CG to be felt as much as they're admired, should thrill fanboys to no end.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
May 3, 2007
As last year's Bond reboot Casino Royale made obvious, less is the new more. Spider-Man, stop your engines.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
May 3, 2007
What's worse is that after a fairly pedestrian opening, director Sam Raimi loses all control of the film as it rambles from storyline to storyline in search of a center.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
May 3, 2007
Director Sam Raimi tries to pump some life into this dutiful enterprise but seems more than a little bored himself, especially when he's getting mushy about Spider-Man's moral decline and regeneration.
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
May 3, 2007
No one will feel cheated -- the movie isn't a careless cop-out -- but somehow Spidey has gotten tangled up in his overlong, overdone and underthought web.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
May 2, 2007
Spider-Man 3 kicks off this Summer of Sequels in big, loud, occasionally clever, but more often meandering ways. It's not dull, exactly, but neither is it much fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
May 2, 2007
There are so many super-villains buzzing around like flies in Spider-Man 3 that the web of plots, subplots, flashbacks and unnecessary character amplifications makes it feel more like Spider-Man.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
May 2, 2007
Over-produced, over-publicized, over-designed, over-computerized and just plain over the moon, it's so preposterously overwrought with so many bewildering plots juggling simultaneously for over-emphasis, there's no entry point for criticism.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
May 2, 2007
Spider-Man 3 is product, but it's a machine that tickles your eyes.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
May 2, 2007
No matter how much it costs and what its flaws, Spider-Man 3 still gets a lot of bang for the buck.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Noel Murray
AV Club
May 2, 2007
On the ground, Spider-Man 3 is dreary. But in the air, it swings.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
May 2, 2007
The movie has the curious effect of leaving you over-fulfilled. When it's done, any appetite for another event picture, even one half as well made as this, is temporarily curbed.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
May 2, 2007
Raimi's everything-including-the-kitchen-sink third film robs the Spider-Man movie myth of its lightness. He has taken something heartfelt and witty and reduced it into just another comic-book movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Richard Roeper
Chicago Sun-Times
May 1, 2007
It's as if director Sam Raimi felt he had to give us more of everything, and in the process lost sight of what made the first two films so enjoyable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
May 1, 2007
[Spider-Man 3 has] an ungainly, cumbersome feeling, as if its plot elements were the product of competing contractors who never saw the need to cooperate on a coherent final product.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Nathan Lee
Village Voice
May 1, 2007
A certain twee anachronism has always been part of the Spider-Man tradition -- ditto dexterous, old-fashioned fun. But this summer's first obligatory blockbuster is all thumbs.
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
May 1, 2007
I'll take a wild guess and say that Spidey fans come for the action and, on that count, they will not be disappointed.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
May 1, 2007
The third adventure of the guy with arachnid superpowers tries gamely, is solidly entertaining and possesses dazzling special effects, but it falls short of the near-perfection of the Spidey sequel.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
May 1, 2007
Three films in, how is New York's premier webmaster holding up? Not badly; not spectacularly.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
April 30, 2007
Spidey the Third feels like an even greater letdown following Spidey Part Deux, which was the rare sequel that surpassed the original.
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
April 30, 2007
Laziness mingles with overkill, violence with mawkishness: most of the characters weep at the slightest provocation, but heads are beaten, burned, and sheared off by passing subway trains.
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
April 30, 2007
What's missing? Momentum. A touch of meanness. A centrifugal threat like Molina's octopus man. (In terms of dramatic stature, the three villains here don't add up to one Doc Ock.)
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David Ansen
Newsweek
April 27, 2007
Spider-Man 3 is nothing if not eclectic, but somehow this ambitious mishmash works. Action-packed, with all the digital fireworks that a $250 million (or more) budget can buy, it's both the most grandiose chapter and the nuttiest.
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
April 27, 2007
It's that willingness to give you more than you expect -- to refuse to settle in and just coast -- that's made the Spider-Man series the great fun it is.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
April 26, 2007
Despite director Sam Raimi's near-desperate determination to top the earlier films and tie up loose ends, he does deliver a handsome product with some spectacular special-effects sequences.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
April 20, 2007
Left dangling for the past three years, arachnophiles everywhere finally have cause to celebrate.
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
April 20, 2007
After the significant improvement of the second installment over the first, new entry reps a roughly equivalent dip in quality and enjoyment, with Spidey now giving off the faint odor of running on fumes.