The Amazing Spider-Man 2
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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, Peter Parker finds that a greater conflict lies ahead. It's great to be Spider-Man (Andrew Garfield). For Peter Parker, there's no feeling quite like swinging between skyscrapers, embracing being the hero, and spending time with Gwen (Emma Stone). But being Spider-Man comes at a price: only Spider-Man can protect his fellow New Yorkers from the… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 53%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Despite the efforts of Electro, the franchise is running shockingly low on juice."
‑ Anthony Lane, New Yorker
"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."
‑ Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post
"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."
‑ Paul Chambers, Movie Chambers
"If the previous installment was a bit darker and more somber, this one retains some of that edge but then injects a massive dose of pure comic book joy. This is what a Spider-Man movie would look like if Marvel Studios made it..."
‑ Mark Hughes, Forbes
"Another lesson on why introducing too many villains dilutes the richness of detail available when focusing on one. A delightful reboot diminished in its second act."
‑ Wesley Lovell, Cinema Sight
"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."
‑ Christopher Orr, The Atlantic
"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."
‑ Wesley Morris, Grantland
"There's a purely visual element to the storytelling that escapes many films of the genre - or, at least, everything but their action scenes."
‑ Rob Humanick, The Berks-Mont News
"The film is a narrative disaster, but the character work is mostly solid and the terrific action scenes are worth the price of admission."
‑ Scott Mendelson, Forbes
"It's like they took one good and one bad script and mashed them together... proof that the box office has become all about the franchise..."
‑ Kevin A. Ranson,
"This is a movie that needs to remove a piece of jewelry."
‑ Alonso Duralde, TheWrap
"I think I'll pass on The Amazing Spider-Man 3."
‑ David Edelstein, New York Magazine/Vulture
"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."
‑ Brian Gibson, Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
"... pales in comparison to its predecessor as it emphasizes spectacle more than story."
‑ Todd Jorgenson,
"Andrew Garfield is note-perfect, and the chemistry he shares with Emma Stone is reason enough to watch, but The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is too cartoony and childish for its own good. A disappointing backwards step for the series."
‑ Stephen Carty, Flix Capacitor
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