|Columbia Pictures | Release Date: May 3, 2002||CRITIC SCORE DISTRIBUTION|
The effects are smashing, yet there's a heart behind them.
Spider-Man is an almost-perfect extension of the experience of reading comic-book adventures.
Every action adventure needs a memorable villain, but no movie needs the strident intensity of Mr. Dafoe, who either has no interest in, or no grasp of, the sort of charmingly malign wit that Gene Hackman brought to "Superman," or Jack Nicholson to "Batman."
Director Sam Raimi, working from David Koepp's screenplay, wisely anchors his big action-adventure flick on Maguire's modest but beguiling persona.
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