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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 40
  2. Negative: 2 out of 40
  1. 88
    This is a wonderfully imagined, heartfelt piece of pop entertainment that soars not only for its spectacular eye candy, but also during the moments when its protagonists simply stand still and talk to each other. How many comic-book movies can you say that about?
  2. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    Where can mass-moviegoers find release for their tenderer feelings? Only at dozens of inspirational sports movies, where guys (on screen and in the audience) get to cry and cheer and win. And, this weekend, at Spider-Man 3.
  3. 75
    Raimi, who shares script credit with his brother Ivan and Alvin Sargent, strikes an exquisite balance between pop and woe, drama and whooshing adventure.
  4. You want big wows with this sort of entertainment, and the wows here are medium.
  5. 60
    Still smart, still exciting and still action-packed. It's just a shame to note that, after promising greatness, all Spider-Man 3 delivers is satisfaction.
  6. 50
    Spider-Man and the first sequel were breezy adventures - easy and fun to sit through. Spider-Man 3 is a chore. The effective moments require a lot patience to uncover and some of what has to be shifted to get to them is not worth the effort. People love trilogies because it's said that good things come in threes, but this series would have looked better and felt more satisfying had the filmmakers stopped at two.
  7. "Spider-Man 2" was a textbook example of how to make a sequel: Deepen it, make it funnier, give it more heart and come up with a strong villain and a good story. Spider Man 3, by contrast, shows how not to make a sequel.

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  1. Oct 7, 2010
    To be honest, I didn't what was so bad about this movie! I've heard complaints about Venom, too many villains, etc. Well, whatever! I don't care for any of that! As long as I'm entertained, that's all that matters for me! Expand
  2. AMovieCriticYo
    May 5, 2007
    Riveting, touching, brilliant. This divisiveness is what spurs on greatness. Every great underrated action cannot go without being in question. The film delivered on its promise. It brings humanity into its superheroes, and delivers with its comedic and dramatic potential and fulfills it. It is like Arrested Development meets Superman 2. An overall superb film. Also, Harry Osborn finally gets to show that he is a likeable character, and not whiny, and his part in the movie was incredible as a homicidal maniac-on and off again crazy best friend, who becomes an amnesiac, fights, and later, grows a conscience. The Green Goblin cooks, and paints. This is hillarious. Also, Venom was a dousche, but a convincing one at that. Lay off, haters. Expand
  3. Jul 1, 2013
    All three Spider-Man films are very good, but this is my least favourite of the three. Having said that it's still a very good movie and a lot of the lose ends were tied up, as well as learning more about things from the first film in particular. The whole 'Peter turns Emo' was a little odd, and I don't think the villains were as strong as the first two films villains, so thats the lows, but being a Spider-Man there is always going to be a lot of good and I still thoroughly enjoyed watching it! Expand
  4. ChadS.
    May 8, 2007
    A plot convolution that preceeds the final action set-piece prevents "Spider-Man 3" from soaring to even the modest level of the original(never-mind the near-brilliant second installment) "Spider-Man". The piece of pertinent information that Harry(James Franco) at long last learns is baffling in its tardiness, because you can't figure out the logic behind the teller's machinations in needlessly drawing out the long-standing vendetta his employer has against Peter Parker(Tobey Maguire). To spill the beans so late in the trilogy seems like an arbitrary decision on the screenwriter's part to move the story along. It doesn't feel organic. "Spider-Man 3" peaks during Maguire's dance number which smartly deconstructs the movie musical by lifting the veil of narcissism that's inherent in all musical numbers. Parker must have some deep-seated jealousy towards Mary Jane(Kirsten Dunst) and her burgeoning musical career. Since this is apparently the case(Parker never attends another performance), there should be some alteration in Maguire's glowing demeanor throughout Mary Jane's performance of the Broadway show's opening number as an indicator to his threatened ego. Expand
  5. Jan 13, 2012
    Compared to the other Spider Man movies, this is bad. The history isn't nice as the first movie's and it's way less enjoyable. The enemy: Venom, is the nicest thing of the movie...probably one of the only things nice in it. Expand
  6. HollywoodDeBoer
    May 20, 2007
    Half a billion dollars when into this movie, and I spent half of it covering my eyes beause i felt personally embarrased for toby and every actor that unforunetly starred in this peice of garbage. I understand that it is hard to make a movie when you have fan-boys breathing down your neck, but boy this isn't even close. The black suit was supose to make spiderman stronger and faster and meaner, it just made him emo and a prick, and hearing topher's grace come out of venom in full suit left a lot to be desired. Next time, maybe explain what the suit does to spiderman pyhsically not just mentally. 500 million dollars down the tubes. Heck, that money could have been more well spent hiring some original writers. Expand
  7. Enrique
    May 4, 2007
    A big, resounding bomb!

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