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Spider-Man 2 Review

Other Critics provided by Metacritic.com

Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 5.0
    83

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Universal acclaim
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 100

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    This triumphant sequel to the hard-to-top 2002 original may be the first great comic-book movie in the age of self-help and CGI wizardry, an entertainment in which both the thrills and the therapeutic personal growth are well earned.

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  • 100

    out of 100

    USA Today Mike Clark

    With special effects so convincing you don't even think about them, a head-case hero and a three-dimensional villain who is his equal, socko Spider-Man 2 has something for everyone.

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  • 100

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    It's a real movie, full-blooded and smart, with qualities even for those who have no idea who Stan Lee is. It's a superhero movie for people who don't go to superhero movies, and for those who do, it's the one they've been yearning for.

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  • 90

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    A lot of talent to lavish on a single movie, but the result is uncommonly smart for the genre, and not just smart but tremendously enjoyable.

  • 90

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    It's refreshing to witness a superhero with doubts. Maguire and Dunst again display the depth of talent they bring to these roles by injecting such everydayness into larger-than-life characters.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 11+

A popcorn pleasure with heart, soul, and insight.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Spider-Man 2, the second in the Tobey Maguire-era Spiderman trilogy, starring, has lots of comic book-style violence. Cars (taxis, most often) are thrown into buildings, heroes and villains throw each other from high buildings, and, perhaps most disturbingly, the wife of a character is killed when glass in a building shatters and the shards fly straight for her face. There is some drinking - -a character is shown drinking whiskey at a bar and at home. Beyond this, the film raises important metaphorical questions about the importance of using your talents and gifts to their peak potential instead of casting them aside in order to be "normal."

  • Families can talk about how this sequel compares with the first Spider-Man movie. Is it as exciting? Is it deeper?
  • Why does Peter feel that he can't share his real self with anyone?
  • Why would Peter Parker would want to stop being Spider-Man? How do we know when to give up our dreams for others?

The good stuff
  • message true3

    Messages: Those who are blessed with talents and abilities that exceed those around them should apply these gifts to their fullest potential, rather than casting them aside in order to appear "normal." Fight crime and injutice wherever you see it.

  • rolemodels true4

    Role models: Peter Parker wrestles with the challenges of being a superhero vs. living a normal life and being there for those he cares about the most. Beyond this, he's Spiderman -- a superhero fighting crime.

What to watch for
  • violence false4

    Violence: When a science experiement goes awry, the magnetism in a room is so intense, glass shatters and the shards shoot into a room where the wife of one of the main characters is killed. Comic book violence: Superheroes and supervillains do battle on skyscrapers, on the street, throwing each other to and fro. A taxi is thrown inside a coffee shop. An old woman is taken hostage by a supervillain and left to hang by her umbrella on the edge of a skyscraper. Peter Parker, trying not to be Spider-Man anymore, observes two thugs mugging a defenseless man in an alley. A supervillain with long metal tentacles comes out of a coma in a hospital and uses the tentacles to attack the doctors and nurses in the room.

  • sex false1

    Sex: Romantic kissing.

  • language false0

    Language: "Hell."

  • consumerism false4

    Consumerism: Tie-in to vast quantities of related merchandise.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false2

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: A character, frustrated that his business investments have gone horribly wrong, has taken to drink. He is shown drunk at a bar, and is shown with a bottle of whiskey at his desk at home as he drinks and acts despondent.

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