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  • 40

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    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    This franchise needs more than a reset. It's ripe for retirement.

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  • 70

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    Variety Guy Lodge

    Redundancy remains a problem, but this overlong superhero sequel gets by on sound, fury and star chemistry.

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  • 70

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    The Hollywood Reporter Leslie Felperin

    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.

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  • 75

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    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Aerial sequences are often thrilling. However, interpersonal relations are front and center in this installment.

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  • 75

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    Chicago Sun-Times Richard Roeper

    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.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 12+

Uneven Spider-Man sequel mixes action, romance.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that The Amazing Spider-Man 2, starring Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone, is the second movie in the latest Spider-Man franchise and will appeal to superhero-loving tweens and teens. Like most superhero-based action flicks, there's lots of city-wide violence and destruction of property (some of which is notably more intense when viewed in 3-D). While the crash-and-bang scenes may not scare experienced movie-going kids, there are some emotional deaths that are sad and upsetting for all ages, particularly to anyone who isn't familiar with the Spidey storyline. There's no drinking or sex to speak of (although Garfield and Stone have a strong chemistry that translates into a few passionate kisses) and very little language ("damn," "hell," etc.), so if your teen or mature tween Webslinger fan can handle the violence, they should be ready for this latest adventure.

  • Families can talk about the amount of violence in superhero movies. How does the fact that much of it is larger than life affect its impact? How is it different watching super villains get hurt than regular people?
  • How does this film compare to other superhero stories? Do you prefer hero movies with just one star, or do you like bigger groups (a la The Avengers)?
  • Compare the movie to the comic books. Is it faithful to the story as depicted in the comics? Were you surprised about certain developments?

The good stuff
  • message true1

    Messages: The movie has several worthy messages, but the biggest is simple: Hold on to hope, and instill hope in others whenever you're able. Peter struggles with his responsibilities as Spider-Man, but he's reminded of his desire to offer help to the people of New York.

  • rolemodels true1

    Role models: Peter is a caring and loving nephew, boyfriend, and friend -- and obviously a selfless superhero when he's acting as Spider-Man. Gwen loves Peter not because of his superhero alter ego but because of his generous spirit.

What to watch for
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    Violence: Most of the violence is on a large scale: cop cars pile up, people are shot at, and Manhattan landmarks, including Times Square, tumble down -- but people don't seem to actually die or bleed, just get injured and run away. When seen in 3-D, some of these scenes feel more intense. There are a few upsetting deaths, particularly of people who love Peter Parker. Those scenes are the most disturbing. Spider-Man's run-ins with Rhino, Electro, and the Green Goblin result in violence, but only one has lasting impact on Peter or the audience. The scenes in which the Green Goblin transforms suggest that it's a very painful process.

  • sex false0

    Sex: A few kisses, embraces, and declarations of love.

  • language false2

    Language: Language is infrequent and limited to "damn," "hell," and "oh my God."

  • consumerism false3

    Consumerism: There's a tie-in between Spider-Man and a whole host of merchandise: the comic book source material, games, apparel, figures, video games, and much more. As for product placements, all of the electronics in the movie are made by Sony.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false0

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not applicable