Metascore
58

Mixed or average reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 9
  2. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. Reviewed by: Xan Brooks
    Apr 8, 2014
    80
    Webb's film is bold and bright and possesses charm in abundance. It swings into the future and carries the audience with it.
  2. Reviewed by: Leslie Felperin
    Apr 8, 2014
    70
    The plot gets itself tangled up in multiple villain strands, but in the main this installment is emotionally weightier and more satisfying than its predecessor.
  3. Reviewed by: Guy Lodge
    Apr 8, 2014
    70
    Redundancy remains a problem, but this overlong superhero sequel gets by on sound, fury and star chemistry.
  4. Reviewed by: Ben Nicholson
    Apr 16, 2014
    60
    Although it fundamentally has many of the same issues as the first film, the strengths are enhanced in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and it's certainly a step forward for the franchise. Now, let's give the web-head a villain worthy of his attention.
  5. Reviewed by: Tom Huddleston
    Apr 15, 2014
    60
    An overlong, at times almost plot-free soap opera that introduces a wealth of characters and dips into a wide variety of subplots but never comes together as a story.
  6. Reviewed by: Kim Newman
    Apr 14, 2014
    60
    A few too-broad gags aside — and even these are in the funky spirit of ’60s Marvel — this is a satisfying second issue with thrills, heartbreak, gasps, and a perfectly judged slingshot ending.
  7. Reviewed by: Emma Dibdin
    Apr 10, 2014
    60
    Bright, punchy and earnest, Webb’s affable sequel is tough to dislike despite its tonal whiplash and clumsy script, which is redeemed by Garfield, Stone and DeHaan’s powerhouse trio.
  8. Reviewed by: Tim Robey
    Apr 8, 2014
    60
    Marc Webb, returning after the last instalment, again shows a better feel for the relationships than he does for juggling all the overlapping story elements.
  9. Reviewed by: Oliver Lyttelton
    Apr 8, 2014
    25
    The film, like the original, feels very haphazardly structured, a hotchpotch collection of scenes rather than a unified whole. There's also no tonal consistency, with Webb lurching awkwardly from quippy comedy to brooding drama to high tragedy in short spaces of time, undercutting all three modes as a result.

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