The Amazing Spider-Man Reviews

  • The Amazing Spider-Man has its good points, the primary leads and romance, but lacks fluidity and presence of a great villain.

    Julian Roman — MovieWeb

  • What's most amazing in The Amazing Spider-Man turns out to be not the shared sensations of blockbuster wow! the picture elicits, but rather the shared satisfactions of intimate awww.

    Lisa Schwarzbaum — Entertainment Weekly

  • Mr. Webb's Spider-Man movie works only because he keeps the whole package, at least until the requisite final blowout, tethered to his two appealing leads.

    Manohla Dargis — New York Times

  • As a new chapter in the superpowered arachnid saga, it stands on its own quite nicely, focusing more on human emotions than on a panoply of special effects.

    Claudia Puig — USA Today

  • Now that all the fussy exposition has been taken care of, the real fun can begin in earnest: Long may he weave.

    Ann Hornaday — Washington Post

  • Dumbed down, tarted up, and almost shockingly uninspired, it's the worst superhero movie since Green Lantern.

    Ty Burr — Boston Globe

  • An inexcusably good reboot-thing...

    Chris Packham — Village Voice

  • Director Marc Webb's action-adventure is grounded in a recognizable reality, but is also full of thrills. It's dark and mysterious, but doesn't skimp on fun.

    Joe Neumaier — New York Daily News

  • This hugely elaborate production is supposed to be the reboot of a foundering franchise, but rebooting a computer wipes the silicon slate clean. In the movie, what's old is old again.

    Joe Morgenstern — Wall Street Journal

  • This is a grittier webslinger saga, led by a Peter Parker with swagger and angst and a tone defined more by emotional resonance than wide-eyed wonder. It still has plenty of fizz.

    Chris Vognar — Dallas Morning News

  • ... if you're not sick of superhero movies by now, this is a relatively decent one.

    Glenn Kenny — MSN Movies

  • The idea that to be rendered superhuman is neither some sombre moral privilege nor a queasy Faustian temptation but a prelude to ungovernable slapstick might be just what the genre needs.

    Anthony Lane — New Yorker

  • If we didn't really need to be told Spidey's origin story again, at least it's done with more detail and provides better reasons for why Peter Parker throws himself into his superhero role.

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • The nerve-racking duality of his character's situation is all there in Garfield's face and body language.

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

  • This fourth installment is a complete reboot, returning to the web-slinger's creation story, and Garfield, more than any other factor, contributes to the sense of a darker vision along the lines of The Dark Knight.

    J. R. Jones — Chicago Reader

  • Brings fresh faces and 3-D bells and whistles to the adventures of a moody nerd-boy who gets bitten by a radioactive arachnid and morphs into a smart-talking, web-slinging, thug-busting superhero.

    Steven Rea — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • With great stories come great responsibilities. This one doesn't measure up.

    Colin Covert — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • How amazing can it be? We all just saw this movie when "Spider-Man" came out a decade ago.

    Tom Long — Detroit News

  • Watching Garfield swinging through New York or toying with criminals after he captures them is reason enough to welcome another telling of the tale.

    Bill Goodykoontz — Arizona Republic

  • A mostly slick, entertaining and emotionally involving recombination of fresh and familiar elements.

    Boyd van Hoeij — Variety

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