Reviews

Jul 13, 2015
Spider-Man 3 is the longest film in the series so far, and perhaps it tries to pack in rather too much. But it's intelligently directed by Sam Raimi and, with all those eye-popping set pieces, it's certainly never boring.
Jul 13, 2015
The breeziness that was so refreshing in the other episodes has been largely replaced by the kind of misery and moping that we can get from any old superhero.
Oct 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.
Nov 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.
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.
May 4, 2007
A hollow shell of a saga devoid of both thrilling action and rousing passion.
May 4, 2007
Raimi at least manages to make it both huge and human.
May 4, 2007
After two epic successes that deserved their success, the latest installment swings between intense action sequences and unaccountably flat dramatic interludes.
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.
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.
May 4, 2007
All in all, the fun has simply gone out of it.
May 4, 2007
Spider-Man 3 may disappoint those who think tongue-in-cheek spectacle is the only name of the game.
May 4, 2007
Third time proves to be sticky.
May 4, 2007
The film doesn't teem; it just seems cluttered - a collection of scenes, and occasionally great visuals or gags, strung together by an inadequate plot.
May 4, 2007
As he scampers around the bathtub of popular culture, Spidey is beginning to exhaust everyone's patience.
May 4, 2007
It's a towering disappointment.
May 4, 2007
[There are] some ill-advised stretches of solemnity, and there's no excuse for the po-faced homily at the film's end. But with Raimi, such slip-ups are still worth indulging.
May 4, 2007
An extravagant three-ring circus of a movie from director Sam Raimi, but it's not without a struggle.
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.
May 4, 2007
Despite a few knots in the story, that trademark combo of warmth, wit and charm keeps you hanging.