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Spider-Man Review

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  • 4.0

    out of 100

    Generally favorable reviews
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  • 75

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    A canny franchise escapade; it gets the job done. But it also leaves you hungry for something more, and I don't necessarily mean the next episode.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Mark Caro

    The Spider-Man saga is a classic for a reason, and the filmmakers don't squander the material's strengths.

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  • 80

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    Every action adventure needs a memorable villain, but no movie needs the strident intensity of Mr. Dafoe, who either has no interest in, or no grasp of, the sort of charmingly malign wit that Gene Hackman brought to "Superman," or Jack Nicholson to "Batman."

  • 88

    out of 100

    USA Today Mike Clark

    This is a rare twisted crowd-pleaser for longtime fans as well as novices -- or for those that don't know an arachnid from an insect.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 11+

Fun movie, but may be too intense for younger kids.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie's PG-13 rating comes from a couple of swear words, a clingy wet T-shirt, and -- particularly -- a great deal of comic book-style violence. It can get very intense and includes not just fires and explosions, but people getting vaporized, shot (off-camera), and impaled. Characters lose people close to them; a group of schoolchildren is in peril; and parents emotionally abuse their children. But the movie's core messages about empathy and responsibility are strong, and Peter Parker is one of the comic book world's more thoughtful heroes.

  • Families can talk about the fact that two major male parent figures die. Many of the kids (particularly boys) who will be most interested in seeing the movie are at an age when separation from parents is starting to become an issue. You might want to have a conversation about real-life ways to deal with that.
  • Also, do you agree that people "love to see a hero fail"?
  • How do you think this live-action film compares with Spider-Man comics?

The good stuff
  • message true1

    Messages: Core messages about empathy and responsibility are strong. "With great power comes great responsibility" is the lesson learned here as a new hero is born.

  • rolemodels true1

    Role models: Peter Parker is one of the comic book world's more thoughtful heroes. He's all about saving people who are in trouble and learns important lessons about responsibility. On the other hand, he blames himself for one of the movie's sadder moments. The main villain is deceitful and conflicted, but wants the best for his son.

What to watch for
  • violence false2

    Violence: Lots of cartoon violence, with fight scenes (some intense), fires, explosions and people getting vaporized, shot (off-camera), and in one case, impaled. A group of schoolchildren is in peril; and parents emotionally abuse their children.

  • sex false2

    Sex: Passionate kissing. MJ wears a clingy wet T-shirt in one scene.

  • language false2

    Language: "Ass," "damn," and one "s--tty."

  • consumerism false3

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

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false0

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not applicable