(2002)

Critic Reviews

73

Metascore

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90
Rolling Stone
Maguire and Dunst keep Spider-Man on a high with their sweet-sexy yearning, spinning a web of dazzle and delicacy that might just restore the good name of movie escapism.
88
This is a rare twisted crowd-pleaser for longtime fans as well as novices -- or for those that don't know an arachnid from an insect.
88
New York Daily News
Spider-Man is an almost-perfect extension of the experience of reading comic-book adventures.
80
Wall Street Journal
Every action adventure needs a memorable villain, but no movie needs the strident intensity of Mr. Dafoe, who either has no interest in, or no grasp of, the sort of charmingly malign wit that Gene Hackman brought to "Superman," or Jack Nicholson to "Batman."
75
Entertainment Weekly
A canny franchise escapade; it gets the job done. But it also leaves you hungry for something more, and I don't necessarily mean the next episode.
75
Philadelphia Inquirer
It's got one of the best kisses in movie history: Spidey, hanging upside down, delivers an open-mouth smooch to Mary Jane, a lip-lock for the ages.
75
The Spider-Man saga is a classic for a reason, and the filmmakers don't squander the material's strengths.
75
Miami Herald
What distinguishes Spider-Man from most other comic book movies is that the film is at its most engaging when its hero is out of costume.
75
New York Post
Surprisingly charming and even witty match for the best of Hollywood's comic-book adaptations.
75
Raimi crafted a complicated hero who is a welcome relief from the usual two-dimensional offerings. That said, we could use some moxie in the sequel.
50
The superhero part of the movie will leave audiences with a flat feeling, thanks to computery-looking special effects and a sagging story line.

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