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After incorporating elements of comic book style and design into many of his films, director Sam Raimi helms this straight-ahead, big-budget comic book adaptation, which also marks acclaimed young actor Tobey Maguire's first dip into live-action blockbuster filmmaking. Spider-Man follows the template of the original Stan Lee/Steve Ditko source material, with hero Peter Parker an orphaned, intellectual teen loner living in Queens with his aunt (Rosemary Harris) and uncle (Cliff Robertson), and dreaming of the girl next door, Mary Jane (Kirsten Dunst). On a field trip to a Columbia… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 89%

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"With earnest, unpretentious delivery, Maguire is an eminently likable hero audiences will root for from his earliest moments as the class wimp."
‑ David Germain, Associated Press
"The perils and advantages of being bitten by a genetically modified spider are made abundantly clear in Sam Raimi's enjoyable, if broken-backed, exercise in high-cost pulp."
‑ Anthony Lane, New Yorker
"Raimi, working from a screenplay credited to David Koepp, powerfully captures the moral issues at stake as Peter grows into the web-slinging super-hero."
‑ Peter T. Chattaway, Patheos
"Not since 1978's Superman has there been a live-action, comic book-based film so savvy at mixing self-aware camp with sincere emotion, and so successful at establishing the normal guy life of its spandexed protagonist."
‑ Leah Rozen, People Magazine
"This crowd-pleaser is a highly satisfying rendering of Lee's reluctant hero, one that captures the broken heart and tortured soul of a young man whose coming of age arrives with a perilously high price tag."
‑ Gloria Goodale, Christian Science Monitor
"At its best, Spider-Man takes the adolescent yearning at the heart of most superhero sagas and gives it a lovely swing."
‑ David Edelstein, Slate
"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
"When the cast and their director are really cooking, they conjure a bipolar sense of high school-age emotion -- and use it to fuel outrageous fantasy."
‑ Michael Sragow, Baltimore Sun
"Full of swinging action but finding plenty of time to explore the people behind the masks, Spider-Man is a franchise with real legs. At last, a blockbuster that lives up to the hype."
‑ , Total Film
"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
"Coarse mayhem notwithstanding, Spider-Man will probably provoke a pandemic of arachnophilia."
‑ Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal
"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
"Spider-Man is an effortless, intelligent entertainment, and a fabulous, fun-filled start to the hugely lucrative franchise."
‑ Sloan Freer, Radio Times
"Maybe having such a big budget and being able to afford so many computer effects (which aren't so hot anyway) crippled the creativity of the film."
‑ Anita Schmaltz, Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
"It's got all that you'd want from superhero movie and more. A truly enjoyable film."
‑ Geoffrey Kleinman, DVDTalk.com
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