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  • Summary: Peter Parker (Maguire), after being bitten by a genetically altered spider, becomes Spider-Man, a hero of superhuman strength with the ability to cling to any surface. He dedicates himself to a life of fighting crime, while living a double life as a superhero and working student. (Sony)
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  1. Positive: 31 out of 37
  2. Negative: 0 out of 37
  1. 100
    It's hard to recall the last time a big-ticket summer movie delivered so fully on its promise.
  2. 90
    Maguire and Dunst keep Spider-Man on a high with their sweet-sexy yearning, spinning a web of dazzle and delicacy that might just restore the good name of movie escapism.
  3. Spider-Man is an almost-perfect extension of the experience of reading comic-book adventures.
  4. A canny franchise escapade; it gets the job done. But it also leaves you hungry for something more, and I don't necessarily mean the next episode.
  5. Reviewed by: Sam Allis
    75
    Raimi crafted a complicated hero who is a welcome relief from the usual two-dimensional offerings. That said, we could use some moxie in the sequel.
  6. Reviewed by: David Ansen
    70
    Director Sam Raimi, working from David Koepp's screenplay, wisely anchors his big action-adventure flick on Maguire's modest but beguiling persona.
  7. 50
    The movie, with spiderlike timidity, scuttles into a corner and freezes. [13 May 2002, p. 96]

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 13 out of 156
  1. AdamB.
    Apr 8, 2007
    10
    One of the greatest movies of our time, "Spider-Man" brings to us a whole new genre of heroism and action. Even in 50 years, this movie will be widely revered like it is today. Expand
  2. sergep.
    Dec 29, 2005
    10
    It should be among the first.
  3. Jul 12, 2012
    8
    Silly and over-the-top at times, with sometimes cheesy special effects, but Spider-Man works because of the cast's chemistry with each other and their likableness, as well as the genuine fun that occurs whenever Spidey is involved. Emotional scenes were done well, also. Expand
  4. Jun 4, 2013
    8
    Sam Raimi did a good job. Tobey was great as Peter Parker/Spider-Man and James Franco was great as Harry Osborn. The Green Goblin reminded me very much of the Joker although his suit was a little silly. Some of the dialogue was cheesy but it doesn't matter. I liked the Stan Lee cameo even though they're all great. Its a really good Spider-Man movie. Expand
  5. Dec 2, 2013
    7
    A decent starting point in the Spider-Man franchise which is only weakened by some Sam Raimi cheesiness and the worst Green Goblin costume ever featured. Expand
  6. MessiahL.
    Dec 4, 2007
    0
    Like Spiderman 3, Spidey 1 is atrocious. The 2nd is a masterpiece of the art form. Don't listen to individuals who didn't get at least a Bachelor's. Americans without such a degree are, by and large, retarded and, unfortunately... easily entertained. Nostalgia and first-impressions over content depth. Expand

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