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Spider-Man 3 Review

Movies.com Critics

4.5

Dave White Profile

… like sugar-filled needles jabbed right into your face. Read full review

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

  • 3.0
    59

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Mixed or average reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 60

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    Will the extremely extravagant special effects prove sufficient to sustain the picture? Surely they will, this time. Still, there's a sense of fatigue in the scenes that don't involve high-tensile webs and high-tension suspense.

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  • 67

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    Spider-Man 3 has terrific moments, but after the danger and majesty and romantic brio of "Spider-Man 2," those adrenalized rooftop ballets feel, more than ever, like sequences.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Solidly entertaining and possesses dazzling special effects, but it falls short of the near-perfection of the Spidey sequel.

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  • 80

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Michael Rechtshaffen

    The wow factor works overtime with state-of-the-art effects sequences that often are as beautiful as they are astonishing.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 11+

Kids will be dazzled, but the story falls short of No. 2.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that, like its two predecessors, this comic book-based movie features lots of action and superhero-style violence. In this installment, a mysterious black goo makes Peter/Spider-Man significantly more aggressive, arrogant, and combative -- even toward his friends -- which could confuse little kids who have clear ideas about their hero. His negative behavior culminates in him physically harming two people he loves (naturally, he redeems himself by the end). Thanks to the enormous amount of Spidey merchandise and marketing, younger children may want to see this movie -- but know that the action might be too intense for the early-elementary set. (Spoiler Alert: Two characters die during the climactic battle sequence.)

  • Families can talk about the Spider-Man movie series. Which of these larger-than-life films do you consider the best? What's more important in superhero movies -- the action or the story?
  • Families can also discuss the movie's major themes: character transformation, revenge, and redemption. Which characters experience the biggest changes? Do they change for better or for worse? How can you tell?  
  • How does seeking revenge prove futile for both Harry and Peter?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Several characters realize that it's never too late to stop making self-destructive choices. Strong themes of redemption and loyalty. Only one character stays selfish throughout the entire film.

  • rolemodels true3

    Role models: A mysterious black goo makes Peter/Spidey significantly more aggressive, arrogant, and combative -- even toward his friends. His negative behavior culminates in him physically harming two people he loves, but he ultimately redeems himself. Two more villains are introduced: Daily Bugle photographer Eddie Brock transforms into Venom, and prison escapee Flint Marko morphs into the Sandman. But Sandman, unlike Venom, has a heart -- he just wants money to save his sick little girl.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: Long, nail-biting sequences of superhero action/violence, including Harry attacking Spider-Man in an impressive airborne fight. Blood is visible on a wounded character's shirt and face and also on a dagger. A couple of major characters are killed, and someone's face is disfigured in a fight. Peter shockingly strikes someone he loves.

  • sex false1

    Sex: Various characters kiss, and there's one romantic dance between Peter and Gwen.

  • language false2

    Language: Expletives like "damn" and "ass." A few taunts like "chump" and "nerd."

  • consumerism false4

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

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Harry drinks on several occasions and at one point chugs hard liquor. Peter is served champagne at a restaurant. Diners drink alcohol at a jazz lounge.

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