“"While Most Action Films Are Soulless Excuses For Explosions And Elaborate Fight Scenes, Spider-Man Is No Such Film."”
“Blue, Red And Green”
“Ok So Now The Trailer For The Amazing Spiderman Is Out Im Going To Review The First Two Spiderman Movies”
“Who Am I? Do You Really Want To Know?”
“The Movie Adaptation Of Of The Brilliant Creation Of My Hero Stan Lee Is Finally Been Made And I Have Too Tell You This Movie Is A Damn Good Super Hero Movie.”
“Take A Spin”
“Decent For An Origin Story, But It Felt Like Two Different Films Crammed Into One.”
“Blah, Blah, Blah, This Movie Isn't Anything Special, A Bunch Of Bullshit Really. (Old Review)”
“The Web-Slinger Comes To Life!”
“Spider Man Could Have Been More But Nonetheless Still A Good Movie.”
“BEST MOVIE FRANCHISE EVER!”
“Work Was Murder.”
“Your Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man.”
“Blah, Blah, Blah, This Movie Isn’t Anything Special, A Bunch Of Bullshit Really.”
“Not For The Big Screen”
“My Favorite Spiderman”
“With Great Responsibility Comes An Even Greater Movie. This Thing Is Going To Make Money. That's My Review. ”
A canny franchise escapade; it gets the job done.
Owen Gleiberman - Entertainment Weekly
The filmmakers have succeeded in rejuvenating the character while staying faithful to his roots.
A.O. Scott - New York Times
This is entertaining stuff, and Sam Raimi has spun a good yarn for the summer.
Peter Bradshaw - Guardian [UK]
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.
Mike Clark - USA Today
With disarmingly entertaining movies like this, dare I say, who needs big bad superhero movies?
Desson Thomson - Washington Post
An exuberance, a celebration, a hoot, a kick and a half.
Stephen Hunter - Washington Post
Raimi crafted a complicated hero who is a welcome relief from the usual two-dimensional offerings.
Sam Allis - Boston Globe
This long-awaited future franchise is a competent seat-warmer at the box-office table for the two weekends preceding George Lucas's Attack of the Clones.
J. Hoberman - Village Voice
Maguire is a surprisingly effective Peter/Spider-Man.
Eric Harrison - Houston Chronicle
Even when it sputters, this Spider-Man is loftier than most attempts at movie wizardry.
Philip Wuntch - Dallas Morning News
Plays like a sensitive 1980s-era John Hughes teen film ... interrupted by really tawdry special effects and hammy appearances by a cartoonish villain played by Willem Dafoe.
Steven Rosen - Denver Post
Despite all the computer-generated effects and highflying superhero theatrics, this roughly $120 million movie is, with few exceptions, remarkable only in its small human touches.
Peter Rainer - New York Magazine
The origin story is well told, and the characters will not disappoint anyone who values the original comic books. It's in the action scenes that things fall apart.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
It's got appealing performers as the leads.
Mark Caro - Chicago Tribune
Unfortunately the film, like many of its ilk, is driven by special effects, and there's a serious disconnect between Maguire's sweet-natured dialogue and Spider-Man's pounding violence and stunning acrobatic work.
J. R. Jones - Chicago Reader
Webmasterful. That's Tobey Maguire as angsty nerd Peter Parker and his arachnid alter ego Spider-Man.
Carrie Rickey - Philadelphia Inquirer
Exciting as it is tender and romantic, Raimi's Spider-Man looks like a movie that will please not only the Spider-Man converted but also the viewer who just wanders in.
Susan Stark - Detroit News
Looks like about a trillion dollars' worth of digital effects and 25 cents' worth of plot.
Rex Reed - New York Observer
A perfectly serviceable early-summer popcorn picture that will satisfy its core teen constituency and not displease general viewers looking for some disposable entertainment.
Todd McCarthy - Variety
A surprisingly charming and even witty match for the best of Hollywood's comic-book adaptations.
Jonathan Foreman - New York Post
A yarn that respects the Marvel version without becoming ensnared by it.
Jay Boyar - Orlando Sentinel
A blockbuster with a heart and a brain.
Peter Howell - Toronto Star
To its credit focuses mainly on the warm-hearted human tale of the innocent superhero in a hard world, rather than on visual dazzle.
Liam Lacey - Globe and Mail
What holds the movie together is its modest, sweet spirit.
Charles Taylor - Salon.com
This is a pure popcorn movie -- the kind of film one can unabashedly enjoy for what it is.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
Guileless and charming with a perpetual look of startled bewilderment at the super powers he possesses, Maguire is perfect as an ordinary guy with a big secret.
Kirk Honeycutt - Hollywood Reporter
In emphasizing angst over energy, the movie is much like its hero -- not the dashing crime fighter in a red-and-black bodysuit but the introspective nerd who both endears and exasperates.
Richard Corliss - TIME Magazine
Raimi gives this unapologetic fluff a mind, a heart and a keen sense of fun.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
Though [Raimi's] Spider-Man marks time more than it needs to and is no more than sporadically exhilarating, it does enough things right to be a solid comic-book citizen.
Kenneth Turan - Los Angeles Times
Captures the high-energy, pulpy effervescence of Marvel when it was young and feisty... whatever imperfections the film picks up along the way, they practically demand to be hand-waved aside.
Tim Brayton - Antagony & Ecstasy
It's got all that you'd want from superhero movie and more. A truly enjoyable film.
Geoffrey Kleinman - DVDTalk.com
Fun movie, but may be too intense for younger kids.
Nell Minow - Common Sense Media
Sam Raimi has gotten the exact mix right to create certainly one of the best superhero films ever made.
Garth Franklin - Dark Horizons
Spider-Man is funny, poignant and true to form with Tobey Maguire and company fleshing out the famed comic-book characters with aplomb.
Kit Bowen - Hollywood.com
Finally, a fully faithful adaptation to a comic book icon, save for some bumps along the road. It's a fun movie.
Felix Vasquez Jr. - Cinema Crazed
A vibrant piece of pop entertainment that serves as the perfect start to the summer season.
Jason Zingale - Bullz-Eye.com
An adaptation of the Marvel Comics superhero adventures that effectively takes time between exhilarating digital effects to develop character and motivation.
Mark Halverson - Sacramento News & Review
Colourful, energetic and well-cast, Spider-Man is a good-quality, highly-entertaining action movie.
Daniel Etherington - Film4
[Sam] Raimi captures the ineffable quality that makes this misfit with muscles New York's own blue-collar, working-man's hero.
Sean Axmaker - Seanax.com
Spider-man flows as smoothly from scene to scene, catching the audience in its charming web and setting us up for a sequel which, for once, will be welcome.
Joe Lozito - Big Picture Big Sound
Practically pitch-perfect summer entertainment.
Ian Freer - Empire Magazine
This accomplished blockbuster announces itself as a stylish piece of pop myth-spinning.
Derek Adams - Time Out
At its best, it's action packed fantasy, grounded in reality by a talented cast who pack a real emotional wallop. At its worst, it's over the top, and more than a little sappy.
Scott Nash - Three Movie Buffs
Spider-Man was the first really alienated guy to swoop around fighting crime in a funny outfit. His strange powers made this teenage outsider into even more of an outsider -- and Spider-Man... stays true to that idea, thanks mostly to Maguire.
Stuart Klawans - Nation
Stuart Klawans - The Nation
Count on Sam Raimi ... to deliver a Spider-Man movie that recaptures the wonder of those first-generation comics.
Michael H. Price - Fort Worth Business Press
This is one of those rare adventure movies in which character, not violence, is the backbone of the film.
Jeffrey Overstreet - Looking Closer
Director Sam Raimi was right. Tobey Maguire was the right choice for Spider-Man.
Judith Egerton - Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)
Stefan Birgir Stefansson - sbs.is
Let the gauntlet be thrown: Spider-Man may be the best comic adaptation of all time.
Todd Gilchrist - FilmStew.com
Will have any 12-year-old trying to perfect that trick of hoisting themselves up between walls using their legs.
Harry Guerin - RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)
The final sequence . . . will have you leaving the theater feeling both dizzy and giddy, and looking up at the top of the nearest building wishing you could shoot a web at it.
Brian Mckay - eFilmCritic.com
This is not a good movie, but a mediocre means of passing a few hours. It is a classic example of money and special effects diluting artistic vision and talent.
Steven Snyder - Zertinet Movies
Weak visual effects, but the film is at least entertaining otherwise.
Wesley Lovell - Oscar Guy
Wesley Lovell - Cinema Sight
Screenwriter Koepp...successfully adapts his writing style to that of pulp comics, and director Raimi follows suit with the film's colorful and fantastic look.
John R. McEwen - Film Quips Online
It's the kind of movie for which words of tepid praise are invented.
Nick Davis - Nick's Flick Picks
Bring on the sequels!
Rebecca Murray - About.com
For all its faults, Spider-Man is a good film, and you'll probably have a good time watching it.
Ron Wells - Film Threat
Just about the truest and most satisfying screen adaptation most anyone could have ever hoped for.
Michael Dequina - Film Threat
Sam Raimi a reussi un tour de force: l'adaptation de bande dessinee la plus fidele a voir le jour au grand ecran.
Nicolas Lacroix - Showbizz.net
Sam Raimi and Tobey Maguire bring a hero to cinematic life with a fun, fast, action-packed blockbuster.
James Rocchi - Netflix
All the dough in the world doesn't disguise hollow, simplistic storytelling
Jason Clark - Matinee Magazine
Terrifically entertaining blockbuster that, for once, gets everything right.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
Bruce Bennett - Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Sam Raimi is brilliant behind the camera and Spider-Man is a faithful and fun adaptation.
Rachel Deahl - Local Planet Weekly (Spokane, WA)
The movie swings, literally, with physical and emotional energy for all of its two hours.
Margaret A. McGurk - Cincinnati Enquirer
'...a perfectly pitched blockbuster where the characters come first.'
Erin Free - FILMINK (Australia)
Idiosyncratic but all the better for it... the stylish Spider-Man emerges as the most intelligent, fun and singular comic book vision since Tim Burton's Batman.
Brent Simon - Entertainment Today
Always striking the right balance of whimsy, peril, and real-world angst that's fueled Stan Lee and Steve Ditko's Marvel Comics creation.
Mark Palermo - Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
Very few liberties are taken with the story, and the ones that are (such as Spidey's webbing ability envisioned as a genetic mutation) seem like improvements.
Jon Niccum - Lawrence Journal-World
Thankfully, director Sam Raimi knows a little bit about exposing the cool in something that is irrevocably cheesy.
Karina Montgomery - Cinerina
Full of deftly handled small moments and characters.
Kim Newman - Sight and Sound
It took a decade or two to bring Spidey's story to the screen, but fans will appreciate the long-delayed payoff.
Bob Ross - Tampa Tribune
An unexpectedly rich experience: exciting, complex and way larger than life.
Marshall Fine - Journal News (Westchester, NY)
Si el siglo XXI necesita de heroes, el Hombre Arana parece haber llegado para quedarse.
Jorge Avila Andrade - Moviola
Raimi and his team couldn't have done any better in bringing the story of Spider-Man to the big screen.
Jeffrey Chen - Window to the Movies
Sam Raimi has created a picture so likable and true to the Marvel comic book that comparisons with the first Superman movie are inevitable.
Forrest Hartman - Reno Gazette-Journal
Spidey's wrestling with moral questions makes him more sympathetic, not less.
Cynthia Fuchs - PopPolitics.com
An accomplishment of co-belligerence. That is to say, the unnatural alliance of pyrotechnics and honest emotional catharsis team up to create quality entertainment... Alas, it's an entertainment that is not complete in its uprising.
Jon Lap - Apollo Guide
A piece of vintage cinematic entertainment with a post-modernist twist
Dan Jardine - Apollo Guide
A wonderful surprise - a superhero action movie almost everyone can enjoy.
Brian Webster - Apollo Guide
Enthralling, exciting, exhilarating.
David N. Butterworth - Movie Boeuf
'Tobey Maguire is a poster boy for the geek generation.'
Paul Arendt - Teletext
They don't make action-adventure movies better than the often spectacular "Spider-Man," the most exciting film re-creation of a superhero since Christopher Reeve donned a red cape and blue tights in "Superman."
John Urbancich - Sun Newspapers of Cleveland
A review threatens to turn into a session of gushing because the film is that type of experience; watching it, I kept wanting to applaud.
Ian Waldron-Mantgani - UK Critic
In the hands of director Sam Raimi and screenwriter David Koep, "Spider-Man" is able to wrap a web around the audience's attention and we hang on for a high-flying adventure.
Josh Gilchrist - Billings Outpost (Montana)
It's everything you want it to be... Spider-man is web-tastic! A comic book magically brought to life on the big screen, Spider-man is a beguiling mix of fantasy and adventure, packaged with flair, imagination and superb techno know-how.
Urban Cinefile Critics - Urban Cinefile
Someday rational thought will return and I will realize "Spider-Man" does not rank among the milestones of cinema. But someday is not today. Today "Spider-Man" may as well be "Lawrence of Arabia," so delirious has it made this longtime fan.
Jeffrey Westhoff - Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
Suzanne Ellis - Canada.com
a deeply human and often moving character story in addition to a rousing action-adventure fantasy
James Kendrick - Q Network Film Desk
While director Sam Raimi's surefooted adaptation doesn't quite reach the upper echelon of superhero flicks, it mostly gets everything right.
Matt Brunson - Creative Loafing
... Raimi delivers a first-rate entertainment for the summer crowd, slick as an extra-large popcorn with butter - and about as substantial - when he has all the ingredients for a truly exhilarating experience with a life beyond the multiplex.
Jonathan R. Perry - Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)
A stylish, exciting, and ingenious thrill-ride.
Neil Smith - BBC
Cuarenta anos de lectores y fans emergen detras de esta superproduccion y ninguno de ellos queda defraudado. La cinta es desde su estreno, un fenomeno mundial.
Luis Martinez - Cinenganos
The special effects were great, Spider-Man was a stud, and Kirsten Dunst was hot. What else do you need?
Dan Marcucci and Nancy Serougi - Broomfield Enterprise
Putting a comic book geek in charge of your Marvel franchise proves to be a very good thing.
Bob Grimm - Reno News and Review
A franchise is born.
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
The movie knows how silly it can look, but dares you not to enjoy it.
James Hill - BET.com
Don't get me wrong, Spider-Man is no instant classic, but as summer blockbuster entertainment, you're not apt to find much better
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
The script by David Koepp is perfectly serviceable and because he gives the story some soul ... he elevates the experience to a more mythic level.
Luanne Brown - Chico Enterprise-Record
Spiderman is exactly the kind of movie that you want to kick off the summer with.
Danny Minton - KBTV-NBC (Beaumont, TX)
a joy ride that's sometimes scary, frequently humorous and ultimately delightful.
James Sanford - Kalamazoo Gazette
The comic book movie has developed its own cinematic language, Spider-Man possibly blooming into a series worthy of a rack in The Android's Dungeon.
Stephen Himes - Film Snobs
The action is too repetitive (how many different ways can you swing between buildings). Spider-man just doesn't have enough tricks up his sleeves to sustain a two-hour movie.
Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone - TheMovieChicks.com
The movie artfully nails the comics' take on adolescent helplessness, but its sense of comic-book fun is in too short supply.
Gary Susman - Boston Phoenix
...one of the most exhilarating (and silly) screen adventures ever to be inspired by the pages of a Marvel comic.
David Keyes - Cinemaphile.org
Introduced in 1962, the original superhero helped to initiate the age of modern comics. Raimi hasn't figured out how to reconfigure him for the blockbuster age.
Manohla Dargis - L.A. Weekly
"Spider-man is better than any summer blockbuster we had to endure last summer, and hopefully, sets the tone for a summer of good stuff. If you're a comic fan, you can't miss it. If you're not, you'll still have a good time."
Cory Cheney - Urban Tulsa Weekly
I fear viewers who usually avoid action/fantasy flicks might pass up this terrific film without knowing it has so much other neat stuff going on.
Betty Jo Tucker - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Como nao simpatizar com um super-heroi que vai de onibus para o trabalho?
Pablo Villaca - Cinema em Cena
With the exception of the worst and most obvious cinematic soda-plug I have ever seen in a movie, Spider-Man was everything it promised to be--and maybe even a bit more.
Audrey Rock-Richardson - Tooele Transcript-Bulletin (Utah)
Part teenager movie, part soap opera, with clunky dialogue and over-the-top acting, the movie manages to capture the essence of the Spider-man comics.
James O'Ehley - Sci-Fi Movie Page
Dunst imbues the token girlfriend role with such warmth and game spirit that the audience falls in love right along with Spidey himself.
Nathaniel Rogers - CineScene.com
Though not perfect, Spiderman is the most satisfying movie from a cartoon that anyone could hope for.
Jules Brenner - Cinema Signals
It has everything you'd really want in a popcorn movie: humor, action, romance, and a really hot redhead!!!
Matt Easterbrook - Matt's Movie Reviews
Effectively brings to the screen an unforgettable superhero that swings back into contemporary times.
Yazmin Ghonaim - Cinephiles
Fun and nimble.
Jason Anderson - eye WEEKLY
This is perhaps the most spot-on film adaptation of a comic book superhero yet.
Marc Savlov - Austin Chronicle
Both a successful adaptation and an enjoyable film in its own right.
Ethan Alter - Film Journal International
Parents will thrill to see a childhood hero in a full live-action adventure, while a whole new generation gets their first taste of a hero too cool to ever go out of style.
Scott Weinberg - eFilmCritic.com
Toes the fine line between cheese and earnestness remarkably well; everything is delivered with such conviction that it's hard not to be carried away.
Shay Casey - Daily-Reviews
The film actually is excellent for the first two thirds.
Eric Lurio - Greenwich Village Gazette
As a kid, I always wanted to be Spider-Man. I still do.
Todd R. Ramlow - PopMatters
Probably the best superhero ever made. So many deft touches.
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
Majestic entertainment, brought to life by a creative team that deserves a mountain of accolades for making, at least, the second best comic book adaptation in cinema history.
Brian Orndorf - Modamag.com
A top-notch movie...the epitome of an outstanding summer blockbuster.
Andrew Manning - Radio Free Entertainment
One wide-eyed comic-book movie that revels in its pulp origins.
Steven D. Greydanus - Decent Films Guide
Just as much of a boring, by-the-numbers, interchangeable mess as the next.
Chuck Rudolph - Matinee Magazine
Tobey Maguire IS Peter Parker.
Robin Clifford - Reeling Reviews
More fun than I was expecting.
Mark R. Leeper - rec.arts.movies.reviews
Like 'The Lord of the Rings,' 'Spider-Man' is grandly, emotionally affecting in a way that it had started to seem that Hollywood blockbusters never would be again.
Bryant Frazer - Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus
Was it worth the wait? Absolutely.
Mike McGranaghan - Aisle Seat
You can tell the movie was made by people who enjoy the source material and have no fear of making it known.
Mark Dujsik - Mark Reviews Movies
[A]n energetic romp.
Richard Roeper - Ebert & Roeper
The movie shoots for, and usually achieves a sense of giddy exuberance, but it comes at the cost of suspense.
Jeremy Heilman - MovieMartyr.com
A weightless good time from the great Raimi, but it lacks a truly memorable villain to make it truly fly.
Collin Souter - eFilmCritic.com
Do I smell franchise? Who doesn't?
Elias Savada - Nitrate Online
[Raimi's] matured quite a bit with Spider-Man, even though it's one of the most plain white toast comic book films you'll ever see.
Eric Campos - Mars Colony
For an hour or so, it really achieves something memorable. The rest of the time, it contents itself with merely being a solid, entertaining ride.
Rob Vaux - Flipside Movie Emporium
Thank the gods for Sam Raimi / A filmmaker who's geekified / He knows why we stand in line
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
Spider-Man is best described as an origin film, laying the foundation for future sequels.
Gary Brown - Houston Community Newspapers
A tightly woven web of fun.
Kamal 'The Diva' Larsuel - 3BlackChicks Review
Raimi does know his genre.
Christine James - Boxoffice Magazine
Tobey Maguire is one of the only decent things about the film, and he is hampered by a completely and wholeheartedly adequate script.
Michael W. Phillips, Jr. - Goatdog's Movies
a commercial comic that's head and shoulders above the bloated summer blockbusters of 2001
Laura Clifford - Reeling Reviews
This captures neither the letter nor the spirit of the Spider-Man of comic book and cartoon fame
Phil Villarreal - Arizona Daily Star
Peter Parker pick of a pack of pulp protagonists
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
A dazzling show-stopper that...is better than any of the Batman movies ever were.
Dustin Putman - DustinPutman.com
Despite its many action scenes and should-have-been tense moments, the film packs very little excitement.
Ryan Cracknell - Apollo Guide
This Spider-Man is a sticky popcorn film, that should appeal to a Multiplex audience looking for an escape film.
Dennis Schwartz - Ozus' World Movie Reviews
When Spider-Man soars, and Danny Elfman's amazing score reaches its crescendo, the heart sings.
Eugene Novikov - Film Blather
A thoroughly enjoyable big-screen adaptation of the popular Marvel comic book with a top-notch performance by Tobey Maguire.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat - Spirituality and Practice
... the most faithful 4-color to film adaptation to date. And yes, it's amazing.
Kevin A. Ranson - MovieCrypt.com
Finally an awesome super hereo comic book adaptation worth all your bubblegum money!
Emily Blunt - Blunt Review
Fun, but not in the same league as Superman.
Jim Judy - Screen It!
With the right balance of sweet shyness as Peter Parker and confidence under the mask, Tobey Maguire makes a darn good swing kid.
Dean Essner - E! Online
Leave this overblown Saturday Morning Cartoon where it belongs ... in the clearance bin at your local comic book store.
Alex Sandell - Juicy Cerebellum
Raimi's effort is fun, funny, and filled with spectacular effects -- and about as good an imagining of Stan Lee and Steve Ditko's web-slinging classic as one could expect.
Mary Kalin-Casey - Reel.com
The very best slam-bang, gee-whiz comic-book movie ever made.
Joe Leydon - San Francisco Examiner
Feels like a bland, watered-down product of a corporate vision, designed primarily to be the safe, sadly responsible start of a summer movie franchise.
Glenn Whipp - Los Angeles Daily News
Well-acted, funny and exciting, Spider-Man is on par with the first Batman.
Dan Fazio - Citysearch
An easy, breezy and pleasantly uncheesy spin through the universe of Marvel Comics' beloved wall-crawling web-head.
Steve Tilley - Jam! Movies
High-crafted and amusing.
David Elliott - San Diego Union-Tribune
A flat-out fun film.
John Paul Powell - Jam! Movies
Director Sam Raimi gives Marvel Comics' wall-crawling hero the cinematic treatment he has always deserved.
Sean Means - Salt Lake Tribune
A cool comic-book movie with enough thrills for any kid and a haunting emotional depth missing in such predecessors as X-Men or any of the Batman films.
Jack Garner - Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
It's a solid addition to the comic-book-movie genre.
Donald Munro - Fresno Bee
My spider sense says Spider-Man will be a deserving blockbuster hit.
Bruce Kirkland - Jam! Movies
The most 'fun' comic-book movie since the first two Superman films.
Jeff Vice - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
A whiz-bang, action-packed fantasy with a genuine love story at its core.
Louis B. Hobson - Jam! Movies
fast-paced, elegantly produced...firmly focused
Arthur Lazere - culturevulture.net
Raimi's film is actually closer in spirit to a coming-of-age story like "Almost Famous" than to a flashy noisy mess like "Batman and Robin".
Kevin N. Laforest - Montreal Film Journal
It's still a comic book, but Maguire makes it a comic book with soul.
Robert W. Butler - Kansas City Star
Speaking in terms of spectacle, craft, romance and humor, it's the movie to beat this summer.
John Anderson - Newsday
This may not be the best four-color adventure ever lensed, but it's the most affectionate and faithful to its source.
Steve Schneider - Orlando Weekly
It wasn't a terrible movie. Ah, but what went wrong? The filmmakers did not trust their audience.
Widgett Walls - Needcoffee.com
It's hard to recall the last time a big-ticket summer movie delivered so fully on its promise.
Shawn Levy - Oregonian
Not only does Spider-Man deliver, but I suspect it might deliver again and again.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
The superhero part of the movie will leave audiences with a flat feeling.
Mick LaSalle - San Francisco Chronicle
A movie that both thrills the eye and, in its over-the-top way, touches the heart.
Moira MacDonald - Seattle Times
In this age of soulless, FX-driven action franchises Raimi anachronistically emphasizes character development.
Todd Anthony - South Florida Sun-Sentinel
A model of what films like this should be like.
Joe Baltake - Sacramento Bee
Spider-Man is in the same category as X-Men - occasionally brilliant but mostly average, showing signs of potential for the sequels, but not giving us much this time around.
Larry Carroll - Countingdown.com
Elements of Lee's classic tales may be present, but each and every one gets doctored just enough to make them feel different, distorted, and unfaithful to the source material.
Sean O'Connell - Eclipse Magazine
Raimi is one of the best filmmakers out there, especially when it comes to making dark, comic-booky stuff.
Jon Popick - Planet Sick-Boy
An escapist confection that's pure entertainment.
Paul Clinton (CNN.com) - CNN.com
"Spider-Man" will not only make you believe that a teenager can swing from the skyscrapers; it will almost make you believe that you are up there swinging with him.
Nell Minow - Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
Spider-Man is about growing strange hairs, getting a more mature body, and finding it necessary to hide new secretions from the parental units.
Walter Chaw - Film Freak Central
Good show, Spidey: We knew you had it in you.
Terry Lawson - Detroit Free Press
A movie that reminds us of just how exciting and satisfying the fantasy cinema can be when it's approached with imagination and flair.
William Arnold - Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Flashy enough for kids and insightful enough to engage adults, the movie will line 'em up at the multiplex and send 'em home with a few rudimentary but vital life lessons.
Gregory Weinkauf - New Times
The movie is a platform for Maguire and especially Dunst.
Gary Thompson - Philadelphia Daily News
A big-budget fantasy film with exceptional acting and special effects.
Tony Toscano - Talking Pictures (U.S.)
Spinning a web of dazzling entertainment may be overstating it, but "Spider-Man" certainly delivers the goods.
Jeanne Aufmuth - Palo Alto Weekly
...with the candy-like taste of it fading faster than 25-cent bubble gum, I realized this is a throwaway movie that won't stand the test of time. It's a trifle.
Rob Blackwelder - SPLICEDWire
Raimi and writer David Koepp never lose the lighthearted comic-book sensibility.
Susan Granger - www.susangranger.com
I'll sum up my reaction in a word: Yawn.
Lawrence Toppman - Charlotte Observer
[Raimi's] passion for his source material is evident in every frame of this big, light, endearingly square movie.
Rene Rodriguez - Miami Herald
A good movie that would be a better one if it were 15 minutes shorter, and a great movie if it were a half-hour shorter.
Bruce Newman - San Jose Mercury News
Tobey Maguire is one of our best young actors, and he couldn't be more appealing here.
Mark Ramsey - MovieJuice!
Sam Raimi has set the bar unusually high for the rest of the summer film season with this exciting and exhilarating adventure.
Michael Dequina - TheMovieReport.com
This long-awaited screen adaptation of the Marvel super hero does not disappoint.
Bob Bloom - Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
By no means a classic, but it's colorful, energetic and reasonably engaging, though uneven.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
That rare thing, an event movie that leaves you feeling chipper, entertained and sated rather than ripped-off.
Mary F. Pols - Contra Costa Times
It's good fun that engages our heart.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
My Spidey sense says that Raimi will finally hit the A-list, Maguire will get some new respect, and this film is gonna make a whole lot of money.
Christopher Null - Filmcritic.com
This fast-paced entertainment is a surprisingly successful mix of spectacle and human-scale drama.
Maitland McDonagh - TV Guide's Movie Guide
A picture jam-packed with swinging action scenes, spiffy spider jokes and an unforced earnestness that never becoes corny or tongue-in-cheek.
Eleanor Ringel Gillespie - Atlanta Journal-Constitution
So is Spider-Man worthy of its massive hype? Not really, but it is a solidly entertaining popcorn flick.
Steve Rhodes - Internet Reviews
A strong first act and absolutely, inescapably gorgeous, skyscraper-trapeze motion of the amazing Spider-Man.
Ross Anthony - Hollywood Report Card
Raimi does right by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko's original creation via an old-fashioned comic book aesthetic.
Ed Gonzalez - Slant Magazine
If you're looking for an all-around good time at the movies, grab a friend, grab some popcorn...and see this movie!!
JoBlo - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
Watch Tobey Maguire turn the Big Apple criminals into arachnophobes!
Harvey S. Karten - Compuserve
About as good as can be expected for an introductory superhero movie, but it would have been nice if it was better than expected.
Scott A. Mantz - Scott Mantz' Movie Reviews
[Sam Raimi] has crafted a film here that is completely honest to its comic book roots while also fully embracing the unique kicks that cinema can offer.
Moriarty - Ain't It Cool Movie Reviews
A perfect summer popcorn movie with lots of great effects, enough action, plenty of laughs, lots of romance and a great deal of heart.
Michael Szymanski - Zap2it.com
Once it gets rolling, it gets past the CG problems that plague the early swinging sequences and there are a couple of truly first-rate action sequences.
David Poland - Hot Button