Spider-Man (2002)

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… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: November 1, 2002
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Critic Score: 89% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Not only does Spider-Man provide a good dose of web-swinging fun, it also has a heart, thanks to the combined charms of director Sam Raimi and star Tobey Maguire.

Jack Mathews
New York Daily News

Spider-Man is an almost-perfect extension of the experience of reading comic-book adventures.

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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal

Coarse mayhem notwithstanding, Spider-Man will probably provoke a pandemic of arachnophilia.

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IGN Movies

This is about as good as a comic-to-film adaptation gets.

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David Germain
Associated Press

With earnest, unpretentious delivery, Maguire is an eminently likable hero audiences will root for from his earliest moments as the class wimp.

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Anthony Lane
New Yorker

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.

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Richard von Busack

Sam Raimi's fine slapstick skills shine to their best advantage.

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David Edelstein

At its best, Spider-Man takes the adolescent yearning at the heart of most superhero sagas and gives it a lovely swing.

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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine

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.

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James Vance
Tulsa World

Even with its flaws it's a satisfying adventure that manages to appeal to the head and the heart even when it's taking your breath away.

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Flixster Audience Score: 67% Flixster User Reviews
Phil Hubbs
Hey anybody remember those really old Sam Raimi Spider-Man films? you know there were three of them and I think they were quite popular at the time. Ah who… More
Edward Boxler
Spider-Man is a strong entry into the comic book cannon, and not least because it's based on my all time favourite superhero. It gives Peter Parker a great… More
xGary Xx
One of Marvel's flagship characters finally makes it to the big screen and with Sam Raimi at the helm, you have a sure-fire winner. The first half of the… More
Samuel Riley
Sam Raimi- The Director of the 'Evil Dead' Trilogy, has created a superb beginning chapter for Spider-Man. What it succeeds in is the dark atmospheres… More
KJ Proulx
Even with all it's cheesiness, Sam Raimi's "Spider-man" stands as one of my favourite superhero movies, and it has one of the greatest… More
Matthew Samuel Mirliani
It's cheesy, yes, and silly at times, but it is far superior to the 2012 remake as a result of an intriguing villain, better writing, and a higher degree… More