Metascore
53

Mixed or average reviews - based on 49 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 49
  2. Negative: 4 out of 49
  1. Reviewed by: Steve Persall
    Apr 30, 2014
    83
    There is still Spider-Man's personal turmoil, crises of romance and loyalty, that Webb occasionally holds a few beats too long. Yet the performances ring true, with arresting chemistry where it counts.
  2. Reviewed by: Mike Scott
    Apr 30, 2014
    80
    One heck of a fun film -- and the most enjoyable and rewarding superhero movie I've seen in a while.
  3. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Apr 27, 2014
    80
    There are two types of superhero movies: the ones that brood and the ones that swing. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is proudly the latter, filled with high-energy action.
  4. 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.
  5. Reviewed by: Kate Erbland
    Apr 29, 2014
    76
    An essential entry in the cinematic canon of Spider-Man, complete with new villains, new questions, and new heartaches.
  6. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    May 1, 2014
    75
    Overlong and repetitive as it is, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, at least delivers the goods.
  7. Reviewed by: Rene Rodriguez
    May 1, 2014
    75
    The Amazing Spider-Man 2 grows stronger and more engrossing as it unfolds.
  8. Reviewed by: Richard Roeper
    May 1, 2014
    75
    Director Marc Webb and his forces come up with some gorgeous special effects, and Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone have terrific chemistry, but as is the case with far too many superhero movies, the plot is a bit of an overstuffed mess.
  9. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Apr 30, 2014
    75
    Aerial sequences are often thrilling. However, interpersonal relations are front and center in this installment.
  10. Reviewed by: Chris Nashawaty
    Apr 30, 2014
    75
    It's a Marvel spectacle that manages to deftly balance razzle-dazzle, feel-it-in-your-gut slingshot moments of flight and believable human relationships. There's psychological weight to go with all of the gravity-defying, webslinging weightlessness.
  11. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Apr 29, 2014
    75
    It has action sequences that will appeal to people looking for the usual pyrotechnics, but the core of the movie - and the source of the audience's interest - is emotion.
  12. Reviewed by: Andrew O'Hehir
    May 1, 2014
    70
    Honestly, one can only wish that Hollywood made movies for non-teenagers and non-comics fans with this much care and reverence. Are superhero movies dying? Well sure, but you and I and the planet may die first.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. Reviewed by: Drew McWeeny
    Apr 25, 2014
    67
    By the end of this film, they've done a very good job of setting up the next three or four films in the series, but at the expense of this film telling any sort of cohesive story.
  16. 63
    Less “amazing” than persistent.
  17. Reviewed by: Steven Rea
    May 1, 2014
    63
    Lacks the origin-story freshness of its predecessor (even if the inaugural Garfield Spider-Man came only five years after the final installment of the Sam Raimi-directed Tobey Maguire Spider-Man trilogy). It lacks a charismatic central character, too.
  18. Reviewed by: Joe Williams
    May 1, 2014
    63
    Easy to watch but hard to pin down, like a creature with eight legs going in different directions.
  19. Reviewed by: Roger Moore
    Apr 29, 2014
    63
    So while this Spider-Man is, if anything, more competent than the first film it’s still not one that demands that you stick around after the credits. There’s nothing there.
  20. Reviewed by: Betsy Sharkey
    May 1, 2014
    60
    The Occasionally Amazing Spider-Man 2 might be a better way to think of the not-always-spectacular but sometimes satisfying Spider-Man sequel.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. 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.
  26. Reviewed by: A.A. Dowd
    Apr 30, 2014
    58
    Even at a hefty 142 minutes, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 hasn’t the time for its surfeit of plot, nor for the sprawling ensemble of supporting characters caught in the sticky web Webb weaves.
  27. 50
    Bloated and often boring and has absolutely no reason to exist, but that it also hits its marks. No fanboy will pass it up. No studio head will lose his or her job.
  28. Reviewed by: Christy Lemire
    May 1, 2014
    50
    It’s sufficiently giddy at first but eventually grows repetitive and wearying, especially as more and more stuff gets blown up real good.
  29. Reviewed by: Ann Hornaday
    May 1, 2014
    50
    Despite all the swooping and spinning and swinging in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Garfield looks less like a kid having fun than like an actor entangled in a corporate web that, at least for now, he can’t escape.
  30. Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    May 1, 2014
    50
    Things go wrong quickly with Amazing 2. Am I the only one who hates the word Amazing to describe a movie that isn't? Just asking. If I had to pinpoint where this epic goes south, I'd start with the tonal shifts.
  31. Reviewed by: Manohla Dargis
    May 1, 2014
    50
    A sequel that, until a late, lamentably foolish turn, balances blockbuster bombast with human-scale drama, child-friendly comedy and gushers of tears.
  32. Reviewed by: James Berardinelli
    Apr 30, 2014
    50
    It takes something lackluster like The Amazing Spider-Man 2 to remind viewers why movies like "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" are considered superior.
  33. Reviewed by: Marjorie Baumgarten
    Apr 30, 2014
    50
    Although handsomely mounted, this latest star in the Marvel Universe is not a leading light. But it probably has enough juice to keep the galaxy spinning until something more original comes along and knocks it out of orbit.
  34. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    Apr 30, 2014
    50
    Folks, I confess: I'm coping with a mild case of arachno-apatha-phobia, defined as the fear of another so-so "Spider-Man" sequel.
  35. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Apr 30, 2014
    50
    I'm still not convinced we needed a new Spider-Man series, but at least this installment is interestingly mediocre instead of actively bad.
  36. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Apr 30, 2014
    50
    There are too many explosions, too many blaring sonic effects, too many break-ups-and-make-ups, too many villains. And not enough heart.
  37. Reviewed by: Rex Reed
    Apr 30, 2014
    50
    It is not a sequel, just another retread of tired material in a franchise that is more than ready for the big comic book bonfire. And why the title? There is nothing amazing about it.
  38. Reviewed by: Scott Tobias
    Apr 29, 2014
    50
    The silver lining: Like its predecessor, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 offers its successor another fresh start, since no one will remember what happened in this movie, either.
  39. Reviewed by: Chris Cabin
    Apr 28, 2014
    50
    The narrative doesn't want for ambition, but Marc Webb proves unwilling, or incapable, of making this unwieldy story feel like anything but a deluge of backstory.
  40. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Apr 26, 2014
    50
    The Amazing Spider-Man is more like an old Xerox copy: Greasy, paper-thin, slightly faded, and probably made unnecessarily, but in any case destined to get lost in a pile of things exactly like it.
  41. Reviewed by: Alan Scherstuhl
    Apr 26, 2014
    50
    Never a disaster but only fitfully inspired, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 doesn't quite end well, but it does end promisingly.
  42. Reviewed by: Marc Mohan
    May 1, 2014
    42
    ASM 2 makes too many of the same mistakes that have brought other superhero movies low (including Sam Raimi's "Spider-Man 3"). It tries to pack in too many characters and plot lines, for one.
  43. Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    May 1, 2014
    40
    This franchise needs more than a reset. It's ripe for retirement.
  44. Reviewed by: Anthony Lane
    Apr 30, 2014
    40
    Suffice to say that even he (one of our finest actors) is trapped by the miasma of unsubtlety that creeps into the film and causes all involved to lose their professional bearings. [5 May 2014, p.84]
  45. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    Apr 30, 2014
    40
    Frantic and rote by turns, mislaying the power of the central love story and piling on the mutant adversaries. For at least this installment, Spider-Man is Amazing no more.
  46. Reviewed by: Lawrence Toppman
    May 1, 2014
    33
    The movie feels not only calculated but tired.
  47. Reviewed by: James Rocchi
    Apr 26, 2014
    30
    The Amazing Spider-Man 2, is just good enough to make you painfully aware of all the ways it's not good at all.
  48. 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.
  49. Reviewed by: Dana Stevens
    Apr 30, 2014
    20
    The project as a whole conveys a drab sense of bureaucratic necessity, a "let's get this over with" wheeziness.
User Score
7.1

Generally favorable reviews- based on 831 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 36 out of 260
  1. May 2, 2014
    10
    THIS MOVIE WAS AMAZING ! Once again the critics are so far way off base as you will find out when thousands of people flock the the big screen on Friday nite. top notch story line, off the hook effects that will blow you out of your seat and wanting more which you will get, acting was superb and the ending was asum and did not leave you hanging like most movies. So satisifing that I would compair it to an orgasum. You will gasp, you will laugh, you will cry, it has it all and all at the right moment. Your fingers and toes will hurt when you leave the theater because its a white knuckle ride from start to finish. Dont leave right after the movie, there is a surprize clip. Im going to go and see it again tomorrow nite { Friday Night } in a packed house. I went to midnight showing on Thursday and there were about 50 people in the theater, people have to work on Friday and can't function on 3 hours of sleep, thats why it was not packed. But all 50 of us were clapping and cheering hard at the end. And nothing but positive comments. Cant wait to see the next one. CRITICS...PLEASE GET A DAY JOB AND LET US REAL PEOPLE WRITE THE REVIEWS !!!!! Best movie of the year and will be very hard to beat. Trust me...GO SEE THIS MOVIE, IT IS A MUST SEE MOVIE. Not to mention it is a touching, motivating and inspiring movie. Captain America did not even come close to SM2. P.S. Check out the user review that begins with { Lamo } and gave this movie a rating of 3. Then think about why his user name begins with Lamo. Cause his review was LAMO. But we all have a right to score how we wish. Just dont pay no attention to that review. Doesn't even seem like he saw the right movie at all or was watching Captain America which I found to be bland and would give Captain America about a 5 or 6 at most. Full Review »
  2. May 2, 2014
    3
    It's just so bland and boring.... the film lacks a pulse. There was one genuinely heart-felt moment toward the very end of the film that got me, but the rest? Very blah. The second Captain America film was a thousand times better than this film. The chemistry between the two leads is meager, the bad guys don't inspire fear like those in the the Dark Knight series - not even close. You can't even put those two franchises in the same paragraph. I was a HUGE Spider-Man fan as a kid - what a shame that they can't make a good movie for this character. (Or a good video game, for that matter.) Full Review »
  3. May 2, 2014
    9
    Amazing! Great build-up for at least another two movies, as we all know. A great act of an epic saga. This Film has character-depth, character-development, an awesome score and an absolutely epic feeling in 3D. Full Review »