The Amazing Spider-Man 2
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)

We've always known that Spider-Man's most important battle has been within himself: the struggle between the ordinary obligations of Peter Parker and the extraordinary responsibilities of Spider-Man. But in The Amazing Spider-Man 2,… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: August 19, 2014
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Critic Score: 53% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: While the cast is outstanding and the special effects are top-notch, the latest installment of the Spidey saga suffers from an unfocused narrative and an overabundance of characters.

Anthony Lane
New Yorker

Despite the efforts of Electro, the franchise is running shockingly low on juice.

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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post

The trouble with director Marc Webb's disappointing sequel is it wants to have it both ways: to take seriously human connection and loss and also spin the spectacular and pulpy... Spider-Man 2 never locates that sweet spot.

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Paul Chambers
Movie Chambers

Okay, I don't want to hang the failure of this mega-budget sequel on a single actor. It truly was a team effort. But, Garfield looks most unattractive as the webbed wonder.

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Christopher Orr
The Atlantic

About the best thing one can say about this fiasco is that Webb has taken only two films to reach the same exhausted, exhausting endpoint that Raimi required three to achieve. It's progress, of a sort.

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Wesley Morris

The studios and the producers have to split the difference -- between excellence and adequacy, between darkness and light, between seriousness and fun. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 might have been split too far. It doesn't taste like anything.

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Rob Humanick
The Berks-Mont News

There's a purely visual element to the storytelling that escapes many films of the genre - or, at least, everything but their action scenes.

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Alonso Duralde

This is a movie that needs to remove a piece of jewelry.

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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture

I think I'll pass on The Amazing Spider-Man 3.

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Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

This sequel masks the tragically personal--loss, grief, guilt--beneath sparking screwball romance. Swings a fine line between comic-book lightness and ever-approaching tragedy ... when time runs out, even for the most wise-cracking young hero.

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Flixster Audience Score: 66% Flixster User Reviews
Nicki Marie
Meh. Normally Spiderman is the only one of the superhero movies I can sit through. I really liked the series with Tobey McGuire. This version I liked less so… More
Kase Vollebregt
This superhero sequel has some of the best special effects you'll see all year, but all the computer polish can't save the sloppy narrative. It just… More
Phil Hubbs
The Spider-Man is back and this time he's got a new villain to fight! The same complete principle yet again but...a different villain, or two...wash rinse… More
Al S
A truly electrifying blast of explosive action, great humor, strong performances and superb special effects that will keep your eyes glued to the screen.… More
familiar stranger
Not much to be savored here. Fails to rise above mediocrity in almost every department.
Josh Lewis
While the Amazing Spider-Man 2 suffers from some of the same problems that plagued Spider-Man 3 (too many characters and villains), it is nice to finally get… More