The Amazing Spider-Man 2

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While the cast is outstanding and the special effects are top-notch, the latest installment of the Spidey saga suffers from an unfocused narrative and an overabundance of characters.



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We've always known that Spider-Man's most important battle has been within himself: the struggle between the ordinary obligations of Peter Parker and the extraordinary responsibilities of Spider-Man. But in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Peter Parker finds that a greater conflict lies ahead. It's great to be Spider-Man (Andrew Garfield). For Peter Parker, there's no feeling quite like swinging between skyscrapers, embracing being the hero, and spending time with Gwen (Emma Stone). But being Spider-Man comes at a price: only Spider-Man can protect his fellow New Yorkers from the formidable villains that threaten the city. With the emergence of Electro (Jamie Foxx), Peter must confront a foe far more powerful than he. And as his old friend, Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan), returns, Peter comes to realize that all of his enemies have one thing in common: OsCorp. (c) Columbia


Andrew Garfield
as Peter Parker/Spider-Man
Emma Stone
as Gwen Stacy
Jamie Foxx
as Max Dillon/Electro
Dane DeHaan
as Harry Osborn/Green Goblin
Chris Cooper
as Norman Osborn
Paul Giamatti
as Aleksei Sytsevich
Sally Field
as Aunt May
B.J. Novak
as Alistair Smythe
Colm Feore
as Donald Menken
Embeth Davidtz
as Mary Parker
Campbell Scott
as Richard Parker
Max Charles
as Young Peter Parker
Marton Csokas
as Dr. Ashley Kafka
Michael Massee
as Gustav Fiers (The Gentleman)
Louis Cancelmi
as Man in Black Suit
Bill Heck
as G-5 Co-Pilot
Teddy Coluca
as Gwen's Cabbie
Helen Stern
as British Desk Attendant
Aidy Bryant
as Statue of Liberty Lady
Cal McCrystal
as Principal Conway
Anslem Richardson
as Times Square Cop
Mark Doherty
as SWAT Team Leader
James Colby
as Lead Officer
Kari Coleman
as Helen Stacy
Skyler Gisondo
as Howard Stacy
Charlie DePew
as Philip Stacy
Robert L. Newman
as Police Captain
Adrian Martinez
as Bodega Cashier
James McCauley
as Air Traffic Controller
Rachael McOwen
as Dispatcher
David Shabtai
as Dispatcher
Greg Connolly
as Osborn Butler
Tug Coker
as Pilot
Jamie Lynn Concepcion
as Jorge's Mother
Pat Kiernan
as NY1 News Anchor
Jessica Abo
as NY1 Reporter
Clem Cheung
as Chinese Grandpa
Dusan Hyska
as Armed Robber
Andrei Runtso
as Armed Robber
Brennan Taylor
as Ravncroft Guard
Slate Holmgren
as Ravencroft Guard
David Shih
as Doctor
Daniel Gerroll
as OsCorp Department Head
Brian McElhaney
as Times Square Bystander
Jonathan Braylock
as Times Square Bystander
Steven Hauck
as Corporate Lawyer
J.D. Walsh
as Dr. Jallings, Science Investigator
JD Walsh
as Dr. Jallings, Science Investigator
Stan Lee
as Graduation Guest
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Critic Reviews for The Amazing Spider-Man 2

All Critics (302) | Top Critics (58) | Fresh (157) | Rotten (145)

  • Over-stuffed with plot and consequently struggles to invest the audience in any of it, since there's so much to get through and so many future films and spinoffs to set up.

    Sep 22, 2016 | Full Review…
  • Despite the efforts of Electro, the franchise is running shockingly low on juice.

    May 5, 2014 | Full Review…
  • About the best thing one can say about this fiasco is that Webb has taken only two films to reach the same exhausted, exhausting endpoint that Raimi required three to achieve. It's progress, of a sort.

    May 2, 2014 | Full Review…
  • This is a movie that needs to remove a piece of jewelry.

    May 2, 2014 | Full Review…

    Alonso Duralde

    Top Critic
  • The trouble with director Marc Webb's disappointing sequel is it wants to have it both ways: to take seriously human connection and loss and also spin the spectacular and pulpy... Spider-Man 2 never locates that sweet spot.

    May 2, 2014 | Full Review…
  • The studios and the producers have to split the difference -- between excellence and adequacy, between darkness and light, between seriousness and fun. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 might have been split too far. It doesn't taste like anything.

    May 2, 2014 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Amazing Spider-Man 2

  • Apr 01, 2017
    the best spiderman feature. garfield is a natural, never tire of mr foxx and coming round to emma stone
    Sanity Assassin ! Super Reviewer
  • May 02, 2016
    Not so amazing, at all. I really liked The Amazing Spider-man (my favourite), but this movie didn't work for me. Story is mess. Too many villians and subplots. Some things are just necessary. Main villian is not that good, Green Goblin is useless and Rhino shouldn't have been there. Chemistry between Peter and Gwen is good, suit is amazing and action is epic. That is all. It could have been better, but unfortunately it is not.
    Marin ? Super Reviewer
  • Apr 13, 2016
    The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is the worst Spider-Man movie I've ever seen. It's not an awful movie but its just very flawed. Let me explain what I liked and disliked. Positives; The action scenes are fun. My favourite one is the Electro fight at the plant, lots of fun with slow mo action. All the cast from the previous film are really good especially Andrew Garfield who still does a good job as Spider-Man not so much as Peter Parker though. The scenes with Spider-Man swinging around is well shot. Gwen Stacy's death even though it was predictable was very sad. Now all of that out of the way I'm gonna explain what I didn't like. First off this film has pretty bad dialogue and writing. Electro is poorly portrayed by Jamie Foxx, I love Jamie Foxx, he's a great actor but he just wasn't very good as Electro. The best I can say about him was that he was okay, but he had like no legit motivation. Dane DeHann as Harry Osborn he was alright, but very over the top at times and when he turns into Green Goblin.... what the hell man! He was trying way too hard to be like Willem Dafoe Green Goblin and it just comes off as forced and hilarious. But overall he's the best villain in the movie even though he only shows up as Green Goblin in the last minute. The romance while at times good, the dialogue needed some work. The story is pretty convoluted and all over the place. Also Rhino is by far the worst handled villain in this movie. Paul Giamatti is way too over the top as Rhino and he is humiliated in the beginning and he only comes back for the end of the movie, the trailers pretty much lied to you and it was really disappointing. Other gripes I had was the choice of songs in scenes, character logic and villain motivation, and the fact that it was painfully obvious that they were trying to set up a Sinister Six movie and universe. Overall The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is mediocre at best. It has some fun sequences, Andrew Garfield is again great as the character of Spider-Man and it does have some good moments. But it is an extremely flawed film with problems all over the place. All in all if you can look past the flaws it is enjoyable, but fans of Spider-Man might be disappointed such as myself.
    Diyar G Super Reviewer
  • Mar 29, 2016
    So we get a sequel to the incredibly overrated "The Amazing Spider-Man" film and it turns out to be s**t? Who would have ever thought that? Well, definitely not Marc Webb, because he manages the movie with all the same mistakes he made in the first movie, and even more. The movie features too many villains and the main one is so over-the-top and doesn't really appear more than 30 minutes in the film. The only good, once again, is the chemistry between Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone, even though it has heavily fallen since the first movie. Also, a better name for this movie should have been "Sinister Six's Crappy Prequel!"
    Lasse G Super Reviewer

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