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
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  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. 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.
User Score
6.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 1176 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 49 out of 350
  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 screenTHIS 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 gotIt'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,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 »