Spider-Man 3
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Your friendly neighborhood web-slinger is back, only this time his sunny outlook has become partially overcast in the third chapter of director Sam Raimi's Spider-Man saga. Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, and James Franco return to reprise their roles from the previous two installments, with Thomas Haden Church, Topher Grace, and Bryce Dallas Howard making their first appearances in the series as Flint Marko (aka Sandman), Eddie Brock (aka Venom), and Gwen Stacy, respectively. Peter Parker (Maguire) has finally leaned to walk the middle ground between being the superhero that his city needs… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 63%

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"At 141 minutes, this supe-opera is seriously overextended, with four distinct subplots and way too much hand-wringing over things like the heroine's singing career."
‑ Bob Mondello, NPR.org
"Notwithstanding a cute scene in which Peter enlists suave maitre d' Bruce Campbell to help him propose to Mary Jane, director Sam Raimi's juggling of the comedy and the action is unusually flat-footed."
‑ Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"If only good intentions were enough. The newest film in the series offers us more of the same - and indeed, it offers us too much more."
‑ Peter T. Chattaway, Patheos
"It's hard to complain of having too much going on, and the film is certainly extremely well crafted, but it's too ambitious and never quite meets its goals."
‑ Joshua Starnes, ComingSoon.net
"You know that the third Spider-Man had to be bigger. The third movie in a franchise goes for broke. And Spider-Man 3 is bigger, if not better. It's overdone, overlong, and overplotted. It's all over the place. This does not mean Spider-Man 3"
‑ Tony Macklin, Fayetteville Free Weekly
"Too many villains, too many pale plot strands, too many romantic misunderstandings, too many conversations, too many street crowds looking high into the air and shouting "oooh!" this way, then swiveling and shouting "aaah!" that way."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Raimi at least manages to make it both huge and human."
‑ Stephanie Zacharek, Salon.com
"This is at least two movies crammed into one, and the seams are splitting; three villains, two love interests and a partridge in a pear tree means that Spider-Man has to fight for attention in his own film."
‑ Ali Gray, TheShiznit.co.uk
"Another third installment, another arrested adolescent gone wild"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"It is like a buffet. You look at the cast and trailers and you just start drooling over all the options. But they just overdid it, stuffing you with filler, and the juicy part of the film didn't start until it was halfway through."
‑ Jeff Bayer, The Scorecard Review
"Nap time. Perhaps it's the weight of expectations, the rattle of a zillion calculators or the curse of Bryce Dallas Howard (forever our Lady in the Water), but the latest Spider-Man is a fussy, dispirited affair."
‑ Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out New York
"After two epic successes that deserved their success, the latest installment swings between intense action sequences and unaccountably flat dramatic interludes."
‑ Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal
"Spiderman 3 is best described as a Mexican soap opera with mind-blowing special effects."
‑ Julian Roman, MovieWeb
"Sam Raimi and company should have ... made a movie and not an f/x tapas plate."
‑ Peter Keough, Boston Phoenix
"The third Spider_Man film is a bit like a web that's been hanging in a dusty corner for years: it's so weighted down with sticky bits and pieces of past detritus that it's in danger of being ripped apart by the new prey."
‑ Steve Biodrowski, ESplatter
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