BULLSEYE OR MISFIRE: The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Reviews

By Dr. Know on May 2nd, 2014

Critic Reviews for The Amazing Spider-Man 2

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

May 2, 2014 Full Review Source: Vulture

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Overstuffed plot and too many villains, but the visual effects pop, and Garfield/Stone are still better than Maguire/Dunst.

May 1, 2014 Full Review Source: Richard Roeper.com

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The successes of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 are human, the failures are typical of superhero CGI adaptations. In a world where the incredible is routine, the “amazing” is mundane.

May 1, 2014 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail

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When Garfield conceals Peter’s confused-angry- betrayed scowl beneath that shiny red mask, Spider-Man 2 summons the giddy derring-do of the best Iron Man offerings. It’s a good movie that could have been great.

May 1, 2014 Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News

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Fans who made the first movie such a huge success will doubtless find much to enjoy here, while others will long for the boldness, scope and wit of The Avengers.

May 1, 2014 Full Review Source: Time Out

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Even though the ride is bumpy, the final destination is more than worth the effort.

May 1, 2014 Full Review Source: Miami Herald

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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 Source: Grantland


Garfield makes a terrific Spidey, and director Marc Webb guides him through the film’s elephantine structure with energy and good humor.

May 2, 2014 Full Review Source: Mania.com


He might have enhanced abilities, but Spider-Man is, more than anything, human, and Garfield conveys the emotional vulnerabilities behind the mask in an impressive performance that never wilts amid the CGI spectacle.

May 2, 2014 Full Review Source: Toledo Blade

Toledo Blade

Parker and Stone…impart about as much chemistry as this film imparts credibility.

May 2, 2014 Full Review Source: Tolucan Times

Tolucan Times

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 suffers from trying to cram too much fanfare into one pudgy film, which can’t be saved by its overflowing surge of spectacular special effects.

May 2, 2014 Full Review Source: Examiner.com


You could set your watch to the action beats, except you’d keep checking to see if your watch stopped, because the dialogue scenes between the explosions are so sluggishly paced.

May 2, 2014 Full Review Source: Salt Lake Tribune

Salt Lake Tribune

This is what happens when you’re no longer making a movie, but building a cross-platform media franchise. It’s not a movie so much as a casualty of a mass-marketing campaign.

May 2, 2014 Full Review Source: FilmDrunk


The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is not interested in telling a new story, and (exists) to further develop a big-money franchise to fill the release schedule of many summers to come.

May 2, 2014 Full Review Source: MLive.com


Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone return as Peter Parker and Gwen Stacey in this long – very long – two and a half hour long – did we mention its long? – sequel. They didn’t quite use their spidey-sense in the cutting room.

May 2, 2014 Full Review Source: FoxNews.com


Despite layers of borrowed source material, retread inspiration and Tobey Mcguire’s red and blue voodoo doll, The Amazing Spiderman 2 manages to deliver a mostly fresh and enjoyable – if not quickly forgettable – superhero flick.

May 2, 2014 Full Review Source: Richmond.com

The Insufferable Spider-Man.

May 2, 2014 Full Review Source: CraveOnline


It’s official, I think I hate every Spider-Man movie, except Spider-Man 2. Can we please have ONE Spider-Man film that doesn’t have The Green Goblin? A decent, but shallow, by the numbers corporate blockbuster that doesn’t bring anything new to the table.

May 2, 2014 Full Review Source: Eclipse Magazine

Eclipse Magazine

A problem of tone, it moves from emotion to emotion carelessly. And it is impossible to suspend disbelief when absolutely everything is visibly branded with the Sony logo.

May 2, 2014 Full Review Source: Daily Film Fix

Aces the emotional stuff, but muffs the CGI spectacle designed to suck up bucks at the worldwide omniplex.

May 2, 2014 Full Review Source: Reason Online

Reason Online

It stubbornly adheres to old-school comic conventions and can sometimes feel like an episode of the cheesy ’60s Batman TV series. This may drive some audiences batty, but as classical tribute, the throwback strategy is quite charming.

May 2, 2014 Full Review Source: Scene-Stealers.com


Garfield is great as Peter Parker.

May 2, 2014 Full Review Source: WaffleMovies.com


“Spider-Man” seems to exist only because the studio would otherwise lose the option to make more. Maybe the latter wouldn’t be the worst thing in the comics world.

May 2, 2014 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Daily News

Philadelphia Daily News

Dispenses with the same-old origin story and lodges itself in classic superhero movie terrain.

May 1, 2014 Full Review Source: amNewYork

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