This triumphant sequel to the hard-to-top 2002 original may be the first great comic-book movie in the age of self-help and CGI wizardry, an entertainment in which both the thrills and the therapeutic personal growth are well earned.
Lisa Schwarzbaum - Entertainment Weekly
Spider-Man 2 is full of bright colors, emphatic noises and elaborate special effects. That much is to be expected. But its distinguishing features, I'm happy to report, are strong characters and honest feelings.
A.O. Scott - New York Times
Has something for everyone.
Mike Clark - USA Today
As fine a repeat experience as our foolish, creativity-challenged tradition of sequelizing allows.
Desson Thomson - Washington Post
Maguire, with his dim eyes and his forlorn voice, gives the movie an emotional center utterly rare for this sort of thing.
Stephen Hunter - Washington Post
This sequel is a more complete, not to mention more complex, experience.
Wesley Morris - Boston Globe
The movie's first half is talky bordering on tiresome -- endlessly rehashing the same mix of frustrated puppy love, survivor guilt, and identity crisis.
J. Hoberman - Village Voice
Spider-Man 2 is a perfect blend of summer action, a big movie with a deeply personal story.
Jami Bernard - New York Daily News
A lot of talent to lavish on a single movie, but the result is uncommonly smart for the genre, and not just smart but tremendously enjoyable.
Joe Morgenstern - Wall Street Journal
Sensational enough for power-fantasy fans, it also tells a strong story that tugs agreeably on our heartstrings.
Bruce Westbrook - Houston Chronicle
The best comic book-styled adventure since the 23-year-old Raiders of the Lost Ark.
Philip Wuntch - Dallas Morning News
Easily the most fun movie of the summer, an all-ages show that crawls deep into the heart.
Michael Booth - Denver Post
It improves on the first one: better action, better comedy.
Peter Rainer - New York Magazine
Like the first installment, refreshingly perverse in its intent.
Anthony Lane - New Yorker
The best superhero movie since the modern genre was launched with Superman (1978).
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
Until it develops a bad case of verbosity toward the end, it improves upon its predecessor in almost every way, delivering flashier thrills while digging deeper into its characters and adding an overlay of wit.
Mark Caro - Chicago Tribune
Raimi is good with the details.
Julien Lapointe - Chicago Reader
A deeply satisfying and involving sequel.
Carrie Rickey - Philadelphia Inquirer
Spider-Man 2 won't just grab your guts -- it will take your heart.
Colin Covert - Minneapolis Star Tribune
Well worth seeing for comic and action fans, but let's hope for a lower hand-wringing quotient next time around.
Tom Long - Detroit News
As visually stunning and loyal to character development as the first film.
Bill Muller - Arizona Republic
Spider-Man 2 is much more a grown-up love story than its predecessor.
Andrew Sarris - New York Observer
Crackerjack entertainment from start to finish.
Todd McCarthy - Variety
Sequels don't get much better -- or smarter -- than the action-, drama-, romance- and comedy-packed Spider-Man 2.
Lou Lumenick - New York Post
The new, improved SM2 has a far smoother narrative line, as well as more amazing special effects, including even more terrific swinging.
Jay Boyar - Orlando Sentinel
Doc Ock is a far more interesting character than Willem Dafoe's Green Goblin from the first picture, and he's a lot funnier, too.
Peter Howell - Toronto Star
This Spidey ain't heavy, this Spidey ain't light -- this Spidey weighs in just right.
Rick Groen - Globe and Mail
For a big-budget action movie Spider-Man 2 is modest and not assaultive -- it has a boring decency.
Charles Taylor - Salon.com
Spider-Man 2 has the cleanest emotional arc of any comic-book movie, ever. For all the simulation, it breathes.
David Edelstein - Slate
A worthy sequel to the 2002 blockbuster, Spider-Man 2 will deposit fans somewhere on the satisfaction spectrum between quietly pleased and overjoyed.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
Production values exceed those of the earlier film in creating a comic book world with design, costumes, cinematography and CG effects that deliver the 'wow' factor in spades.
Kirk Honeycutt - Hollywood Reporter
A big Hollywood machine that's unexpectedly full of wit and -- dare we say it? -- intelligence.
Richard Schickel - TIME Magazine
Spider-Man 2 is all you can ask for in summer fun.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
Doc Ock grabs this film with his quartet of sinisterly serpentine mechanical arms and refuses to let go.
Kenneth Turan - Los Angeles Times
It hits the ground at ramming speed and, slightly over two hours later, collapses in blissful exhaustion.
Tim Brayton - Antagony & Ecstasy
A popcorn pleasure with heart, soul, and insight.
Nell Minow - Common Sense Media
Simultaneously funnier, darker, and more emotional than its forebear.
Nathan Rabin - AV Club
There are plenty of surprises in this compelling Hollywood cartoon-inspired movie that tops everything else in the genre.
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
Overall it's a solid superhero movie with some memorable moments.
Garth Franklin - Dark Horizons
One of a kind.
Felix Vasquez Jr. - Cinema Crazed
There are awesome effects, explosive action, wry humour and an emotional heart that pulsates loudly and steadily throughout.
Urban Cinefile Critics - Urban Cinefile
The biggest current bang for your popcorn buck is the IMAX presentation of this exhilarating adventure.
Mark Halverson - Sacramento News & Review
Mr. Raimi, working at the top of his game, reunites the entire cast of the first film, and by this point they feel like family.
Joe Lozito - Big Picture Big Sound
Spider-Man wrestling with demons, literally and figuratively!
Kam Williams - Princeton Town Topics
Hands down the best comic book franchise on film.
Russ Breimeier - Christianity Today
All in all, this sequel is a blockbuster with both a heart and a brain.
Dave Calhoun - Time Out
Spider-Man 2 is not what you expect from the typical summer blockbuster, but you'll still eat it up like a bag of popcorn.
Jason Zingale - Bullz-Eye.com
This is pure SPIDER-MAN, straight from the tap, and it's absolutely transporting.
Moriarty - Ain't It Cool Movie Reviews
A sensational summer treat.
Nick Schager - Lessons of Darkness
Raimi has turned in a very different Spidey than might be expected. I'm not talking 'nipples on Batman' or anything; the shift is from origin story to mid-hero-crisis story.
Brian Juergens - Freeze Dried Movies
Best comic-book movie ever? Nah, but it's great just the same.
Ethan Alter - NYC Film Critic
The action scenes were breathtaking, and abundant enough to keep things hopping.
Vic Holtreman - ScreenRant
...a well-realized stab at melding comic book pow-sock-bang with a more adult psychological drama
Philip Martin - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Raimi reminds us you can still make highly commercial films and keep your self-respect.
Anthony Del Valle - Las Vegas Mercury
[It's sure to] join the upper echelons of action movies like Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Empire Strikes Back, and Die Hard.
Jeffrey Overstreet - Looking Closer
If you even remotely enjoyed the first Spider-Man you'll certainly love the second.
Michael Szymanski - Zap2it.com
Gets the characters where they need to go, but it doesn't develop their struggles to a satisfactory level.
Mark Dujsik - Mark Reviews Movies
A sequel that is better than the original in many respects.
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
Raimi's imagination has no end.
Violeta Kovacsics - Senses of Cinema
It is wall-crawling hands down the most adrenaline pumping super hero flick ever.
Steve Crum - Kansas City Kansan
I can't figure out why anybody would want to waste 127 minutes sitting through this thing.
Tony Medley - tonymedley.com
Spider-Man 2 will make a lot of money, it will sell a lot of fast food, it will cause comic book dorks to complain about some trite, mundane details...
Mike Ward - Richmond.com
The genius of director Sam Raimi is to take the fantastic and make it believably, achingly human.
Jeannette Catsoulis - Las Vegas Mercury
Maguire has limited moments of acting inspiration while Dunst wanders aimlessly through a role that may be too normal for her.
Wesley Lovell - Oscar Guy
Wesley Lovell - Cinema Sight
The lightning that struck for so many of this summer's sequels fails to ignite Spider-Man 2. The franchise remains a tolerable proposition tolerably well-executed.
Nick Davis - Nick's Flick Picks
If Raimi continues in this direction, he might be well on his way to the greatest superhero trilogy of all time.
Brian Orndorf - FilmJerk.com
One of the most essential, memorable super hero movies of all time.
Mark Sells - Oregon Herald
Whatever sins this film commits at the start of the show I forgave when I saw how they worked out.
Kevin Carr - 7M Pictures
This spectacularly engaging comic-book fantasy is a textbook example of what a mass-audience movie ought to be.
Kevin Lally - Film Journal International
It has a resonating tenderness that no superhero movie is likely to approach anytime soon.
Eric Melin - Lawrence.com
Spider-Man 2 is probably more of a lateral step but that doesn't stop this episode from being a lot of fun.
Dan Chant - FilmFocus
It is so rare that a sequel improves upon the original, but that is exactly what Sam Raimi and company have done with the magnificent [I]Spider-Man 2[/I].
James Kendrick - Q Network Film Desk
While it didn't leave me with the same sense of awe, it left me much more satisfied than not, and that's good enough
Brian Mckay - eFilmCritic.com
Pocos pasatiempos son mas placenteros; tambien mas intrascendentes.
Enrique Buchichio - Uruguay Total
Once again we're caught in the web of a wonderfully woven story.
Kamal 'The Diva' Larsuel - 3BlackChicks Review
Being a superhero has big financial and psychological drawbacks.
Victoria Alexander - FilmsInReview.com
Go, Tobey, go!
John R. McEwen - Film Quips Online
We've at last come to a point when the most well-rounded, psychologically complex character on any movie screen in town happens to wear spandex tights and swing from webs.
Sean Burns - Philadelphia Weekly
The film strikes just the right balance between dizzying aerial action (with special effects and high-flying fisticuffs far more heart-stopping than in the original) and grounded human drama.
Anton Bitel - Movie Gazette
It's a blast.
Michelle Thomas - Future Movies UK
This isn't just great filmmaking, it's great filmgoing.
Mark Palermo - Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
'Llego para quedarse y hacernos pasar un gran rato en compania del mas humano de los superheroes, quien nos recuerda nuestra propia condicion humana. Estupenda.'
Jorge Avila Andrade - Moviola
Raimi has once again crafted a blockbuster that thinks as hard as it thwacks -- in a word, amazing.
Dan Jolin - Empire Magazine
Exciting sequel that improves dramatically on the effects of the first, but also has an emotional depth that is surprising in a blockbuster this big.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
More intelligent, emotional and credible than the first picture.
Angela Baldassarre - Sympatico.ca
An apt yet unoriginal sequel.
Forrest Hartman - Reno Gazette-Journal
A mind-boggling piece of showboating and the most rigorous fairground ride of the year
James Christopher - Times [UK]
Who knew back in 1981 when Ellen Sandweiss was raped by that tree that this would be the future of Hollywood?
Stephen Himes - Flak Magazine
The best date movie of the year.
Steve Rhodes - Internet Reviews
Raimi weaves a wonderfully seductive web of arachnid action, human drama, and wink-nudge comedy.
Stella Papamichael - BBC
By focusing on his characters as much as his special effects, Sam Raimi has made that rare sequel, one that's every bit as good as the original.
David N. Butterworth - Movie Boeuf
[D]id Kirsten Dunst get hit on the head or something?
Dan Marcucci and Nancy Serougi - Broomfield Enterprise
I would be happy to sing the praises of this one from the highest building.
Michael W. Phillips, Jr. - Goatdog's Movies
A silly comic book movie with provocative psychological overtones. Or a provocative character study with silly comic book overtones.
Rick Kisonak - Film Threat
Sam Raimi & Co. keeps Spider-Man 2 cracking with the best action sequences since Raiders of the Lost Ark.
Alex Sandell - Juicy Cerebellum
The best superhero movie I've ever seen, and I have seen them all.
Stefan Birgir Stefansson - sbs.is
The glue that holds 'Spider-Man 2' together is humor.
John P. McCarthy - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
The superhero as schlemiel returns...a tangled web of drippy, comic-book psychodrama.
Thomas Delapa - Boulder Weekly
Raimi handles it effortlessly because he keeps his focus tightly in the characters' hearts and minds.
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
It's possible to forgive the things about it that fall short. And if you don't expect the film to be a work of high art such forgiveness should actually come easy.
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Better, faster, funnier, warmer -- Sam Raimi and Tobey Maguire give us a superpowered sequel with soul.
James Rocchi - Netflix
En palabras del mismo Dr. Pulpo, -Damas y Caballeros, abrochense los cinturones- Una pelicula tremenda ha encontrado su lugar.
Luis Martinez - Cinenganos
...Spider-Man 2, despite a terrific villain, is boring.
Lori Hoffman - Atlantic City Weekly
Dead on in its ability to blend wonderful comedy, mind-blowing action, touching romance, superb special effects, and dazzling set pieces, all while remaining sublimely artistic.
Jordan Hiller - Bangitout.com
Goes to the trouble of actually making you care...and has an absolutely way-cooler baddie of Dr. Octopus as a nemesis.
Karina Montgomery - Cinerina
Ranking amongst the best films of 2004, the best action films of the past decade and, once again, THE GREATEST COMIC BOOK SUPERHERO FILM EVER MADE!
Erik Childress - eFilmCritic.com
A great deal of fun.
Pete Vonder Haar - Film Threat
A slower-paced film than the first one, but its characters are more interesting and the action scenes it does have are first-rate.
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
Dean Essner - Sunday Times (Australia)
The exhilaratingly fun, obliquely clever and feverishly crowd-pleasing achievement of director Sam Raimi spins a web that everyone wants to be caught up in.
Christine James - Boxoffice Magazine
Raimi has finally recaptured the manic charge he brought to Evil Dead 2.
Marc Savlov - Austin Chronicle
Christy Lemire - Journal News (Westchester, NY)
A noisy, dopey sci-fi thriller.
Jean Lowerison - San Diego Metropolitan
Dean Essner - Baltimore Sun
I feel it's my responsibility to suggest that the best choice is to hold out for the DVD rather than shell out 10 bucks for this cornball, half-hearted, fitfully exciting rehash.
Peter Keough - Boston Phoenix
It's a two-hour epic, sprawling but never messy and moving without ever turning maudlin.
Robert Wilonsky - Dallas Observer
A blockbuster with humanity.
James O'Ehley - Sci-Fi Movie Page
This sequel has legs.
Linda Cook - Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Invitingly grand and resounding with cheeky energy, this is one exhilarating and thought-provoking spider that does more that crawl up the water sprout
Frank Ochieng - Movie Eye
Sure, it's a totally accessible, action-oriented summer flick, but it's also a coming-of-age story about choices, love and identity for a true hero who finally realizes the extent of his great power and great responsibility.
Scott A. Mantz - Scott Mantz' Movie Reviews
Raimi's strengths are his keen visual imagination and his flair for slapstick comedy.
James Verniere - Boston Herald
This is the most honest and entertaining comic book film ever made.
Tyler Hanley - Palo Alto Weekly
Um filme ambicioso e maduro que, ao mesmo tempo em que impressiona com suas sequencias de acao, jamais deixa de lado o desenvolvimento de seus personagens.
Pablo Villaca - Cinema em Cena
Surges and sags in massive sections.
David Elliott - San Diego Union-Tribune
Not a perfect film or an indelible moment in American cinema ... just one enormously entertaining night at the movies.
Jonathan R. Perry - Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)
It's the exposure of his precious face -- sign of his secret self -- that's most frightening, ordinary, and exciting.
Cynthia Fuchs - PopMatters
Director Raimi manages to combine the exaggerated quirkiness of his Evil Dead trilogy with the emotional impact of his taut morality play, A Simple Plan.
Jon Niccum - Lawrence Journal-World
Sam Raimi has once again raised the bar for superhero films and summer blockbusters, this time to the top of a skyscraper where only spider-men dare to crawl.
Kevin A. Ranson - MovieCrypt.com
The down-home dialogues are as involving as the aerial exhibitions.
Harvey S. Karten - Compuserve
What's at stake, besides the soul of the superhero, the continued health and well being of New York City and all that, is the lot in life of the little guy.
Bryant Frazer - Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus
'Spider-Man 2' delivers sheer movie pleasure.
Betty Jo Tucker - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Inspiration strikes when Spider-Man returns to full-tilt, but with a better balance of spectacle and sentiment, it could have been a four-star, fist-pumping triumph.
Nick Rogers - State Journal-Register (Springfield, IL)
Playing like one of the conflict-surfeited Marvel comics of the late 1960s, the sequel has plenty of daytime drama for Raimi to wring his fanboy hands over.
Steve Schneider - Orlando Weekly
This is the best sequel of the 21st century so far.
Eric Lurio - Greenwich Village Gazette
An entertaining warm-weather spectacle.
David Sterritt - Christian Science Monitor
As a summer blockbuster, Spider-Man 2 is unassailable, the most you could possibly ask for from a film of its type.
Josh Bell - Las Vegas Weekly
...a plot that is in all but the fine details a retread....But it's such an entertaining retread that it's hard to complain.
Andy Klein - Los Angeles CityBeat
Never have I seen such an intelligent, emotionally resonant screen adaptation of a comic book. Spider-Man 2 takes the genre to a whole new level.
Mike McGranaghan - Aisle Seat
Spider-Man 2 swings
Gerry Shamray - Sun Newspapers of Cleveland
Richly poignant, vigorously thrilling, and abundantly playful, it swings, it skyrockets, it soars. It's a genuine marvel.
Randy Shulman - Metro Weekly (Washington, DC)
Sam Raimi upgrades the action and raises the emotional stakes for the Marvel Comics wall-crawler to create an epic summer movie.
Sean Means - Salt Lake Tribune
The fights are more exciting, the effects more realistic, the characters deeper, the performances meatier, and the director's love of raw, unbridled cinematic geekery is positively unleashed.
M.E. Russell - Oregonian
Spider-Man 2 has all manner of fancy CGI improvements on its precursor, but in the end it's the old-style action sequences that carry it.
Ella Taylor - L.A. Weekly
Rosemary Harris gives so much heart to this project, her importance cannot be overstated
Laura Clifford - Reeling Reviews
Comic-book dialog, where everything has life or death urgency, yet you can still take time to wax philosophical... same movie - with less swing-time, and almost no fun.
Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone - TheMovieChicks.com
Maguire...doesn't overplay Parker's meekness or Spider-Man's cleverness; he's just right.
Judith Egerton - Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)
In an amazing breakthrough, it's been discovered that it pays to make good sequels; and that bigger doesn't necessarily mean better.
Audrey Rock-Richardson - Tooele Transcript-Bulletin (Utah)
The web is slung: With great gusto comes a great sequel.
Bruce Kirkland - Jam! Movies
Smart, funny and surprisingly heartfelt.
Duane Dudek - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Here's an unlimited-budget blockbuster that's engaged in its characters and its premise, one that cares about the implications of people's actions.
Eugene Novikov - Film Blather
Your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man is back burning up the big screen with the best super hero movie I have seen so far.
Vince Koehler - Entertainment Spectrum
A terrifically entertaining comic book of a movie that mixes action and romance in ways that give it heft and heart.
Robert Denerstein - Denver Rocky Mountain News
Raimi has clearly enjoyed working on this film and his joy shines through. It's his best film since A Simple Plan.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
It's the human drama that makes it all work. The main character is the best-developed, most sympathetic superhero ever seen on film.
Jeff Vice - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
A spectacularly entertaining summer movie.
Kevin N. Laforest - Montreal Film Journal
Spidey and gang are back in Spider-Man 2--perhaps in need of some therapy--but ultimately bigger and better than ever.
Kit Bowen - Hollywood.com
From great powers come itchy costumes, bad wall-climbing days and bill collectors. Who knew?
Jeffrey Bruner - Des Moines Register
There are a lot of dull spots where there's only banal chatter.
Dennis Schwartz - Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Its predecessor's equal in pure popcorn entertainment, Spiderman 2 adds moral complexities to daunt even the most intrepid of webslingers.
Martin Scribbs - Mixed Reviews
A rare sequel that surpasses the original in every way -- in story, in setting, in special effects, in high-energy action and in its surprising depth of emotion.
Jack Garner - Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
I think Sam Raimi can loosen his tie and kick off his shoes. He done good.
Robin Clifford - Reeling Reviews
Improves on the first one in significant ways but probably ought to end this mixed bag of a series.
Lawrence Toppman - Charlotte Observer
You can't help but like the movie. The blending of action, humor, drama, angst and romance is as balanced as a high-wire performance.
Bob Bloom - Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Few movies have so mastered motion. Raimi is all but re-inventing cinematic story-telling before our delighted eyes.
Nell Minow - Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
A rarity in that it's just as nifty as its predecessor.
Mary F. Pols - Contra Costa Times
Sam Raimi, Sam Raimi. Movie auteur and fan Raimi. Spins a tale, any size. Even makes James Franco look wise. Look Out! Here comes that Sam Raimi.
Mark Ramsey - MovieJuice!
Rip-roaring good escapist fun.
Louis B. Hobson - Jam! Movies
Some ill-advised decisions don't come close to overshadowing the overall sense that we're watching a film franchise grow up before our eyes.
Matt Brunson - Creative Loafing
Spider-Man, Spider-Man, Does whatever Supe'man 2 did. Hero faced, with a choice, Kirsten's dress, it gets moist, Look out! Here comes the Sequel-Man.
David Poland - Hot Button
Spider-Man 2 is a fun, engaging film that makes you care about its characters even as they go through their preposterous comic book adventures.
Daniel M. Kimmel - Worcester Telegram & Gazette
The return of Spidey marks what could end up being the best action film of the summer, and quite possibly the best superhero movie ever made.
Steve Tilley - Jam! Movies
It's a rare treat to watch a sequel that's better than the original.
Sean McBride - Sean the Movie Guy
Tough to watch without getting bored in the middle - it's a two-hour-plus film that easily could have shed half an hour - and not imagining how it could have been better.
Phil Villarreal - Arizona Daily Star
Plot developments are labored upon so heavily that I felt compelled to stand up in my seat during the screening and shout out, 'Okay! We get it!'
Todd Gilchrist - FilmStew.com
[M]ust be quite the most tenderly tragic comic-book movie ever made...
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
What's disarming about this sequel is the psychological depth director Sam Raimi and his team have brought to the franchise.
Robert W. Butler - Kansas City Star
This is simply the greatest Superhero movie ever made and almost certainly to be remembered as one of the most beloved movies of all time.
Joshua Tyler - CinemaBlend.com
This is a textbook definition of the "perfect" summer movie. I had a smile on my face for two days after seeing this, and I can give it no higher praise than that.
Michelle Alexandria - Eclipse Magazine
Takes us into a comic book universe with depth, humor, and reverence, without ever losing its humanity.
Kim Morgan - Reel.com
It's one of those rare sequels that's even better than the original, primarily because the characters dig in and develop.
Susan Granger - www.susangranger.com
...worthy of the title "Blockbuster.
Tony Toscano - Talking Pictures (U.S.)
A masterpiece of pop filmmaking -- a fantastic, exuberant entertainment that manages to be both sleek and substantial without being patronizing.
Rene Rodriguez - Miami Herald
...full-bodied summer fluff.
Josh Larsen - Sun Publications (Chicago, IL)
Spider-Man 2 doesn't just come from Marvel, it is a marvel.
Larry Ratliff - San Antonio Express-News
Spidie's new archenemy Doc Ock is the coolest villain created by the DNA (Digital + Natural = an Awesome-effect) melding of actor and CGI wizardry to date! READ ON->
Emily Blunt - Blunt Review
2 takes the Spidey idea of the humbled superhero and runs with it.
Gary Thompson - Philadelphia Daily News
Director Sam Raimi spins an inescapable web of popcorn-munching perfection that's superer than the original.
Dean Essner - E! Online
Spider-Man 2 is, on the whole, a success.
Jeff Otto - IGN Movies
One of the best pictures of its kind ever made, at once cheeky, exhilarating, funny and genuinely moving...a triumph of the super-hero genre.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
...smarter, hipper, faster, funnier, and flat-out more electrifying than the original, swinging to new summer-movie heights as the greatest comic-book adaptation yet made.
Aaron Hillis - Premiere Magazine
Every bit as good -- if not better -- than the original.
Paul Clinton (CNN.com) - CNN.com
The closest thing to an art-house action film since Tim Burton's original Batman in 1989.
Joe Baltake - Sacramento Bee
Might just be the most perfect summer popcorn flick since Raiders of the Lost Ark.
Austin O'Connor - Lowell Sun
You have to acclimate yourself to the fact that this sequel will not be your idea for how the story will continue. It will be somebody else's.
Fred Topel - About.com
Oh yeah. That's the sweet spot.
Rob Vaux - Flipside Movie Emporium
Good but far from great.
Sean O'Connell - Eclipse Magazine
Expect less of the one-liners and more of the biting the inside of your cheek so you won't start bawling in front of your date.
Jon Popick - Planet Sick-Boy
Smart, fun entertainment made by people who took nothing for granted, including the audience.
Mick LaSalle - San Francisco Chronicle
(CNN.com) Paul Clinton - CNN.com
This is undoubtedly the most fun you'll have at the multiplexes this season, or maybe even this year.
Moira MacDonald - Seattle Times
Like The Empire Strikes Back, Spider-Man 2 is a sequel that enriches the original.
Jeffrey Westhoff - Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
[Raimi pulls] off the amazing feat of one-upping the original.
Lisa Rose - Newark Star-Ledger
Spider-Man 2 is double the romance and one half the slam-bang action
Christian Toto - Washington Times
'With great power comes great responsibility' is a lesson the makers of Spider-Man 2 have taken to heart.
John Beifuss - Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
If the first installment of Spider-Man lived up to expectations, the new film surpasses them.
Terry Lawson - Detroit Free Press
The perfect blend of great action, great comedy, and great melodrama. Once again, Mr. Raimi, I'd like to shake your hand.
Jeffrey Chen - Window to the Movies
Spider-Man, Spider-Man, does whatever a sequel can. And then some.
Steve Murray - Atlanta Journal-Constitution
...all the spider-webbing that you can sling into your fanboy pants!
JoBlo - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
'Spider-Man 2' is that summer rarity - a big-budget blockbuster that actually lives up to the considerable advanced hype.
Peter Sobczynski - Critic Doctor
The bottom line is that Spider-Man 2 is a summer movie for people that don't ordinarily enjoy summer movies.
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
Feels like a remake of the first one, with the same character struggles and plot points we've come to expect
Christopher Null - Filmcritic.com
Proof that the human story of a superhero can be told and not be boring...ahem...Hulk anyone?
John Venable - Supercala.com
The rare sequel that actually improves on the original.
Maitland McDonagh - TV Guide's Movie Guide
Best comic book movie ... ever.
Glenn Whipp - Los Angeles Daily News
A rousing rollercoaster ride that never feels bloated or gets bogged down.
Scott Von Doviak - culturevulture.net
It isn't all action, or all laughs, or all drama. It's an ingenious combination of the three. It's some of the most fun I've had in a theater in a while.
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
Does a near-perfect job of amalgamating effects with filmmaking and will definitely set the standard for action movies that want to be both a spectacle and seem real.
Jamie Gillies - Apollo Guide
Spider-Man 2 deserves every nickel its bound to make. It's what happens when filmmakers focus on "let's make a good movie" instead of "let's make a sequel".
Scott Weinberg - eFilmCritic.com
Not since The Empire Strikes Back or Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, has a sequel been so darn satisfying... Films don't come any better.
Clint Morris - Moviehole
Spider-Man 2 takes comic book yarns to a new dimension of possibility with its sensitive exploration of emotions that help determine one's destiny.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat - Spirituality and Practice
While the first film was good, this one has the kind of storytelling that got me reading the comics decades ago.
Danny Minton - Beaumont Journal
[The first big fight scene] looks so realistic that it's hard to believe the whole thing was shot in a computer.
Bruce Newman - San Jose Mercury News
Spider-Man 2 is spectacular, mostly because it's more 'Man' than 'Spider.'
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
A rare summer megamovie with both a brain and a soul... [plus] enough visual fireworks to satisfy even the most discriminating action fan... easily surpasses the original...
James Sanford - Kalamazoo Gazette
He could be any of us, exposed, overcoming our fears and coming to grips with our destiny. He reminds us of why we were ever excited by superheroes in the first place.
Steven Snyder - Zertinet Movies
Everyone involved created a masterpiece of comic book film that's better on every level than its predecessor...this is the summer movie you've been waiting for all year.
Jeffrey Lyles - Gazette (MD)
This is the movie summer's most touching young romance.
William Arnold - Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Spider-Man was good bubble gum, but this movie is a Willie Wonka Everlasting Gobstopper!
Rob Blackwelder - SPLICEDWire
Spider-Man 2, while it sometimes lapses into dirgelike dullness, still manages the impressive feat of bestowing a human face on a story that could easily feel like a cartoon.
Phoebe Flowers - South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Nothing in the original prepared me for the energy, wit, and daring of this sequel
the wildest, most joyous, flat-out comic-bookiest comic-book movie ever.
Steven D. Greydanus - Decent Films Guide
Spider- Man 2 is that rare thing, a thoroughly successful sequel.
John Anderson - Newsday
The sequel bests the original for the third time this summer as Spider-man 2 leaves your jaw touching the floor for the entire geek-gasmic blast
Mike Sage - Peterborough This Week
Raimi did a terrific job in both films of never forgetting the audience needs to connect with the flesh and blood actors.
Rebecca Murray - About.com
Spider-Man 2 continues Parker's adolescence with an identity crisis and a sort of superhero version of erectile dysfunction.
Walter Chaw - Film Freak Central
Spins a web of action, comedy and romance that tops the original.
Jackie K. Cooper - jackiekcooper.com
Raimi goes mid-Evil Dead all over this franchise and the result couldn't be more perfect.
Jimmy O - Film Snobs
A visually dazzling spectacle and a technically creative triumph. Spider-Man 2 is a significant and grandly entertaining cinematic work.
Dustin Putman - DustinPutman.com
[Maguire] effortlessly reconciles the seemingly insurmountable problem of embodying . . . the geek and the hero with genuine emotional nuance
Andrea Chase - Killer Movie Reviews
Raises the bar a notch for all future super-hero films.
Scott Nash - Three Movie Buffs
It's worth twice the ticket price!
Ross Anthony - Hollywood Report Card
Abundant action scenes that exhilarate the spatial senses and kept the CGI team harnessed to their workstations.
Jules Brenner - Cinema Signals
Thank you Sam Raimi. I'm in geek heaven because Spider-Man 2 is AWESOME!
Willie Waffle - WaffleMovies.com
[F]aster, funnier and more entertaining than the original.
Richard Roeper - Ebert & Roeper
Like Spider-Man before it, Spider-Man 2 is a superhero flick bursting at the seams with big emotions.
Ed Gonzalez - Slant Magazine
Confident, exciting, funny and crafted with real heart.
Matthew De Abaitua - Film4