The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)

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Critic Consensus: 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
Rating:
PG-13 (for sequences of sci-fi action/violence)
Genre:
Action & Adventure , Drama , Science Fiction & Fantasy
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Cast

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
Felicity Jones
as Felicia
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)
Jorge Vega
as Jorge
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
Jabari Gray
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
Paul Urcioli
as Doctor
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
JD Walsh
as Dr. Jallings, Science Investigator
J.D. 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 (277) | Top Critics (53)

Despite the efforts of Electro, the franchise is running shockingly low on juice.

Full Review… | May 4, 2014
New Yorker
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | May 2, 2014
The Atlantic
Top Critic

This is a movie that needs to remove a piece of jewelry.

Full Review… | May 2, 2014
TheWrap
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.

Full Review… | May 2, 2014
Denver Post
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | May 2, 2014
Grantland
Top Critic

I think I'll pass on The Amazing Spider-Man 3.

Full Review… | May 2, 2014
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Amazing Spider-Man 2

½

Where the previous movie failed this sequel succeeds more than well, finding the irreverent tone that was missing and making the characters more relatable, even if it also has its share of flaws, like an annoying, intrusive score and a plot crowded with villains and subplots.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

½

It's been a while since I've seen this so let's make this quick, yeah? For a movie receiving so much hatred towards it that it has led audiences demanding Spider-Man to be freed from Sony's shackles, it really isn't THAT bad of a movie. Yes, there are many issues. As for one, "The Amazing Spider-Man" series continues to feel rushed and bloated thanks to Big Brother Sony. Because of this rush, the script suffers making the entire picture feel much smaller than what its intended vision is. Let's be real though: Andrew Garfield steals the show as Spider-Man and Peter Parker. Whether it's the big action set-pieces to the quieter and intimate moments, Garfield delivers not only wonderfully but exceeds the expectations of what audiences demand of from a character like Peter Parker. He is THAT good, and so it is a shame that Marvel intends to dish out their own rendition of Spider-Man without Garfield in the picture. Despite how phenomenal Garfield's performance is, "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" still has more to offer. Yes, the overall movie does feel bloated, but the core story arc remains as riveting storytelling. This, coupled with great (albeit forgettable) action set-pieces, "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" isn't so much the "Green Lantern" of Marvel movies. You'll have an entertaining time -- just don't expect it to be the next Avengers film.

Albert Kim
Albert Kim

Super Reviewer

Meh. Normally Spiderman is the only one of the superhero movies I can sit through. I really liked the series with Tobey McGuire. This version I liked less so from movie one, but still saw it and thought it was okay. Not great, but okay. This one starts off okay but I had switched off by midpoint. (Mentally. I actually ran this movie right through). Action scenes were boring. Too long. Seen it all before and better. Don't think I will bother seeing the third one.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

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