Spider-Man

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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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Score distribution:
  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
    Just about the truest and most satisfying screen adaptation most anyone could have ever hoped for.
  3. New York Daily News
    Reviewed by: Jack Mathews
    88
    Spider-Man is an almost-perfect extension of the experience of reading comic-book adventures.
  4. 75
    When the cast and their director are really cooking, they conjure a bipolar sense of high school-age emotion -- and use it to fuel outrageous fantasy.
  5. 75
    The Spider-Man saga is a classic for a reason, and the filmmakers don't squander the material's strengths.
  6. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    70
    This is a star-making performance, as fresh and funny as Christopher Reeve's in Superman (1978).
  7. 50
    Perhaps the real question, then, isn't how you update Spider-Man but why you would even try. Introduced in 1962, the original superhero helped to initiate the age of modern comics. Raimi hasn't figured out how to reconfigure him for the blockbuster age, and there are suggestions.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 13 out of 200
  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 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. Mar 18, 2016
    10
    Spiderman is one of the greatest action superhero-films ever, full of suspense, thriller, love and heart enough for makes this film one of theSpiderman is one of the greatest action superhero-films ever, full of suspense, thriller, love and heart enough for makes this film one of the bests in history. Thanks to his director and main actor, Spider is one of the most important characters on the super-hero films history. Expand
  3. Jun 9, 2012
    9
    In light of the release of its reboot ( a little bit too soon though), the original Spider-Man paves the way for super heroes to be portrayedIn light of the release of its reboot ( a little bit too soon though), the original Spider-Man paves the way for super heroes to be portrayed (spandex and all) as accurate as possible on the silver screen. It has uneven special effects in comparison to what you have these days (it did come out 10 years ago), but Spider-Man encapsulates the best of the super hero genre: heart felt, action packed, pulse pounding. You'll laugh as Peter Parker discovered his powers for the first time. You'll cringe when he was beaten to a pulp by the goblin in its finale. It paved the way for the new Batman trilogy by Chris Nolan and other Marvel Studios films. A classic. Expand
  4. Mar 20, 2016
    8
    My first superhero movie that I ever saw in cinemas, so yes there will be some bias. Green Goblin is my favourite villain because of this,My first superhero movie that I ever saw in cinemas, so yes there will be some bias. Green Goblin is my favourite villain because of this, Dafoe was great in the role. Expand
  5. Jul 5, 2014
    8
    Tobey Maguire is a great Spidey and Kirsten Dunst is not hard to look at. This is a classic and a good one, I highly recommend it for the fansTobey Maguire is a great Spidey and Kirsten Dunst is not hard to look at. This is a classic and a good one, I highly recommend it for the fans of the webslinger. Expand
  6. Nov 12, 2012
    7
    Spider-Man jumps into what seems to be a third-act way too quickly. I want to know more about Peter Parker's past. Who were his parents? HowSpider-Man jumps into what seems to be a third-act way too quickly. I want to know more about Peter Parker's past. Who were his parents? How did they die? Though the action is very good, the film seems far to anxious to get to it. Expand
  7. 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 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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