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The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)

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Average Rating: 6.7/10
Reviews Counted: 262
Fresh: 191 | Rotten: 71

A well-chosen cast and sure-handed direction allow The Amazing Spider-Man to thrill, despite revisiting many of the same plot points from 2002's Spider-Man.

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Average Rating: 6.6/10
Critic Reviews: 40
Fresh: 30 | Rotten: 10

A well-chosen cast and sure-handed direction allow The Amazing Spider-Man to thrill, despite revisiting many of the same plot points from 2002's Spider-Man.

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The Amazing Spider-Man is the story of Peter Parker (Garfield), an outcast high schooler who was abandoned by his parents as a boy, leaving him to be raised by his Uncle Ben (Sheen) and Aunt May (Field). Like most teenagers, Peter is trying to figure out who he is and how he got to be the person he is today. As Peter discovers a mysterious briefcase that belonged to his father, he begins a quest to understand his parents' disappearance - leading him directly to Oscorp and the lab of Dr. Curt

$257.4M

Sony Pictures

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All Critics (262) | Top Critics (40) | Fresh (191) | Rotten (71)

It rarely stumbles into "terrible," but this "Spider-Man" never rises to anything, either. Where's the charm, the heart, the humor?

McClatchy-Tribune News Service
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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.

July 4, 2012 Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Comments (21)
Dallas Morning News
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This might be a fun summer blockbuster if only it even remotely needed to exist.

Slate
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The Amazing Spider-Man is considerably more fun-and, yes, even touching-than so premature a reboot had any right to be.

July 3, 2012 Full Review Source: The Atlantic | Comments (11)
The Atlantic
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If you've seen half a dozen superhero films, and the box office results suggest you have, then you've also seen what "The Amazing Spider-Man" has to offer.

July 3, 2012 Full Review Source: Film.com | Comments (89)
Film.com
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At 28, Garfield's slightly older than Maguire was when he played Peter Parker in 2002, but his combination of fresh-faced innocence, nervous agitation and wry humor is immediately appealing.

July 3, 2012 Full Review Source: CNN.com | Comments (12)
CNN.com
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Doesn't feel like a remake, good or bad... it feels like it already needs to be remade.

August 21, 2012 Full Review Source: CraveOnline | Comment (1)
CraveOnline

It's unfortunate that the set pieces feel a little derivative of Raimi's films, but that was always likely to be the case given the close proximity of this new film to its predecessors.

August 12, 2012 Full Review Source: Fan The Fire | Comment
Fan The Fire

By retelling the origin story of Peter Parker so soon after Sam Raimi's 2002 smash hit, starring Tobey Maguire, the new filmmaking team... not only invites direct comparison with the earlier picture and its sequels but makes it impossible to avoid.

August 3, 2012 Full Review Source: indieWIRE | Comments (7)
indieWIRE

Loses the pop pleasure and inspiration of the original trilogy while never making a case for its own existence.

July 28, 2012 Full Review Source: Film Experience | Comments (15)
Film Experience

...one of the worst comic-book adaptations to come around in ages...

July 28, 2012 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews | Comments (38)
Reel Film Reviews

While the film suffers from its rah-rah sentimentality, there is no better Spider-Man than Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone is wonderful.

July 27, 2012 Full Review Source: Oscar Guy | Comment
Oscar Guy

A decent movie by any measurement, it can't avoid being compared to the previous films, by that standard it isn't a game changer but Webb shows considerable promise.

July 26, 2012 Full Review Source: Spectrum (St. George, Utah) | Comment
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

It's like discovering a new formula to reach a similar result. "The Amazing Spider-Man" is slightly darker in tone and less campy than the "Spider-Man" films. Visually stunning, emotional, and intelligent; "The Amazing Spider-Man" lives up to its name.

July 20, 2012 Full Review Source: Examiner.com | Comment
Examiner.com

The directive given to the filmmakers behind The Amazing Spider-Man was undoubtedly: strut that teen angst.

July 17, 2012 Full Review Source: WCCO.com | Comments (17)

The Amazing Spiderman completely dilutes any remaining interest and excitement in the franchise. Move onto another character, Marvel Entertainment. Don't look back.

July 17, 2012 Full Review Source: Dial M For Movies | Comments (35)

The moments of "The Amazing Spider-Man" that work best are those between Peter and Gwen - a meeting of young minds that is awkwardly charming.

July 16, 2012 Full Review Source: Salt Lake Tribune | Comments (2)
Salt Lake Tribune

What's preserved here is the essential attraction of Spider-Man -- an action hero who has had to learn rather than inherit his effectiveness.

July 14, 2012 Full Review Source: Cinema Signals | Comment
Cinema Signals

While it feels a little messy, they get enough things right (like Garfield's Peter Parker).

July 13, 2012 Full Review Source: The Scorecard Review | Comment
The Scorecard Review

Spider-man goes all cutesy-pants on us.

July 12, 2012 Full Review Source: Reno News and Review | Comments (19)
Reno News and Review

The new Spider-Man reboot is smart and - for an oft-told tale - surprisingly fresh despite some awkwardness in the script.

July 12, 2012 Full Review Source: honeycuttshollywood.com | Comment
honeycuttshollywood.com

Not a necessary reboot but an exciting one after all. Plus Garfield, Stone and the other actors are right on target.

July 12, 2012 Full Review Source: jackiekcooper.com | Comment
jackiekcooper.com

The biggest difference is that Sam Raimi's 2002 Spider-Man managed to be an event and this doesn't.

July 12, 2012 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC) | Comments (2)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

We begin to wish that The Amazing Spider-Man had the same joie de vivre as The Avengers.

July 11, 2012 Full Review Source: East Bay Express | Comment
East Bay Express

Garfield does a witty impersonation of a teenager, complete with bad posture, mood swings and random over-application of sarcasm.

July 11, 2012 Full Review Source: Seven Days | Comments (5)
Seven Days

The most "amazing" thing about this 50-year-old superhero saga is that there's still so much freshness, energy and fun to be spun, once again, from a story that Spidey fans already know so well.

July 11, 2012 Full Review Source: American Profile | Comment
American Profile
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Audience Reviews for The Amazing Spider-Man

Without a doubt, this is simply the most amazing Spider-Man ever done. A spectacular and incrediable movie. It`s grittier, darker, smarter and more epic than i could of imagined. This is the Spider-man we have all been waiting for, it delivers with some great special effects, strong performances and a story that digs

June 24, 2011
allan913

Super Reviewer

This is a superhero film that doesn't go the extra mile, but it doesn't disappoint either. Garfield, Stone and Ifans put on good performances and Webb does a fine job directing. This film does a great job juggling Peter's family issues, love issues and superhero issues. Looking past the cringe worthy high school

July 3, 2012
Sanjay Rema

Super Reviewer

    1. The Lizard/Dr. Curt Connors: Poor Peter Parker, no mother. No father, no uncle. All alone.
    – Submitted by Nick S (2 days ago)
    1. Ben Parker: Peter, I know things have been difficult lately, and im sorry about that. I think I know what you're feeling. Ever since you were a little boy you've been living with so many unresolved things. Well take it from an old man, those things send us down a road, they make us who we are,and if anyone is destined for greatness, it's you son.You owe the world your gifts, you just have to figure out how to use them,and know that wherever they take you, we'll always be there. So come on home Peter, you're my hero, and I love you.
    – Submitted by Ben T (5 days ago)
    1. Gwen Stacy: So what's next Spider-Man?
    – Submitted by Aryan A (11 days ago)
    1. Ben Parker: Peter Listen, I know things have been rough for you. I think I know what you're feeling...and I'm sorry. You've been going through a lot of difficult things, with not having your father and all. Well, take it from an old man. Those things send us down a road. And I know that whatever road you'll end up on, you've got great things waiting for you, son. So, come on home, Peter. You're my hero, and I love you.
    – Submitted by Eric T (24 days ago)
    1. Store Clerk: Stop that guy!
    2. Peter Parker/Spider-Man: Not my policy.
    – Submitted by Elijah H (25 days ago)

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