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The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)

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Average Rating: 6.7/10
Reviews Counted: 284
Fresh: 206 | Rotten: 78

A well-chosen cast and sure-handed direction allow The Amazing Spider-Man to thrill, despite revisiting many of the same plot points from 2002's Spider-Man.

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Average Rating: 6.8/10
Critic Reviews: 46
Fresh: 35 | Rotten: 11

A well-chosen cast and sure-handed direction allow The Amazing Spider-Man to thrill, despite revisiting many of the same plot points from 2002's Spider-Man.

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The Amazing Spider-Man is the story of Peter Parker (Garfield), an outcast high schooler who was abandoned by his parents as a boy, leaving him to be raised by his Uncle Ben (Sheen) and Aunt May (Field). Like most teenagers, Peter is trying to figure out who he is and how he got to be the person he is today. As Peter discovers a mysterious briefcase that belonged to his father, he begins a quest to understand his parents' disappearance - leading him directly to Oscorp and the lab of Dr. Curt

Nov 9, 2012

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All Critics (284) | Top Critics (46) | Fresh (206) | Rotten (78) | DVD (3)

This is a grittier webslinger saga, led by a Peter Parker with swagger and angst and a tone defined more by emotional resonance than wide-eyed wonder. It still has plenty of fizz.

July 4, 2012 Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Comments (20)
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This might be a fun summer blockbuster if only it even remotely needed to exist.

Slate
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The Amazing Spider-Man is considerably more fun-and, yes, even touching-than so premature a reboot had any right to be.

July 3, 2012 Full Review Source: The Atlantic | Comments (11)
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On the whole, it's passable stuff, a surprise, given how mechanical the masked character seemed.

July 3, 2012 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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If you've seen half a dozen superhero films, and the box office results suggest you have, then you've also seen what "The Amazing Spider-Man" has to offer.

July 3, 2012 Full Review Source: Film.com | Comments (83)
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At 28, Garfield's slightly older than Maguire was when he played Peter Parker in 2002, but his combination of fresh-faced innocence, nervous agitation and wry humor is immediately appealing.

July 3, 2012 Full Review Source: CNN.com | Comments (17)
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Is 'The Amazing Spider-Man' amazing? Yes. But get ready to get caught in a web of recent nostalgia.

April 28, 2014 Full Review Source: Columbus Alive
Columbus Alive

This reboot works with a freshness and seriousness that was often missing from the 2002 Tobey Maguire film.

June 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Big Hollywood
Big Hollywood

The primary effect of this movie to keep conjuring up better movies.

June 23, 2013 Full Review Source: Deadspin
Deadspin

This umphundredth origin story of a nerdy outsider turned unlikely crime fighter is surprisingly enjoyable.

June 20, 2013 Full Review Source: Film Comment Magazine
Film Comment Magazine

Other than recasting and swapping out love interests for the spindly web-slinger, there's nothing here that wasn't there 10 years ago in the original.

May 25, 2013 Full Review Source: The Patriot Ledger
The Patriot Ledger

The bigger standouts are scenes of character transformation. these moments alone are worth the price of admission. They are the reason to keep seeing summer blockbusters on a big screen. There are few new ideas, but still plenty of new thrills.

May 23, 2013 Full Review Source: Sacramento Bee
Sacramento Bee

One good film deserves another.

March 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Concrete Playground
Concrete Playground

One of the ten best films of 2012.

January 27, 2013 Full Review Source: Rage Monthly
Rage Monthly

The recasting works. If Maguire is the Spider-Man of Spidey co-creator Steve Ditko, this is the Spider-Man of artist John Romita: a little slicker, a little more modern. Spider-Man in skinny jeans, if you will.

January 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Austin American-Statesman
Austin American-Statesman

For a superhero origin film, it's pretty good, but it's hardly amazing.

January 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Toledo Blade
Toledo Blade

It's almost impossible to watch the film without thinking of what could have -- and what already has -- been, therefore it's extremely difficult to enjoy on its own merit.

January 8, 2013 Full Review Source: TheShiznit.co.uk
TheShiznit.co.uk

I go to a Spider-Man movie to see the guy duke it out with powerful bad guys. I'm simple that way. I don't need a welter of convolutions.

December 17, 2012 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

This edgier Parker feels a more believable alter-ego - closer to the wise-cracking, ass-kicking hero from the comics and early animated TV series.

November 21, 2012 Full Review Source: Daily Star
Daily Star

"The Amazing Spider-Man" isn't as dramatically revisionist as Christopher Nolan's "Batman Begins," but it's as good as Raimi's first "Spider-Man" film and darker, while still being tongue-in-cheek. That's a tough tone to master.

November 16, 2012 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

A superior film that promises to age better than Sam Raimi's films...

November 16, 2012 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

The potential is there for a much bigger, better, Spider-Man movie universe to come, even if this movie doesn't fully realize that potential.

October 2, 2012 Full Review Source: ScreenRant
ScreenRant

We all know that Spider-Man 3 sucked, but did it have to come to this? A 'one strike and you're out' policy? I would have taken a Raimi/Maguire Spider-Man 4 over this retread any day.

September 27, 2012 Full Review Source: The Aristocrat | Comments (3)
The Aristocrat

Not quite 'amazing' then, but there will always be a deserving audience for rock-solid superhero movies done with this kind of heart and care.

September 26, 2012 Full Review Source: Shotgun Critic
Shotgun Critic

The Amazing Spider-Man may be a reboot, but it feels entirely fresh thanks to a strong, different interpretation of the Spider-Man mythos and tremendous performances from the excellent ensemble.

September 14, 2012 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
We Got This Covered

After the film's runtime of over two hours, you may be surprised how little of it sticks with you.

September 14, 2012 Full Review Source: Examiner.com
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Audience Reviews for The Amazing Spider-Man

Not so amazing, after all. Watchable, but not completely enjoyable.
August 25, 2014
imrealgod

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The AMAZING Spider-Man? well not quite. With the Raimi franchise finished only five years ago in 2007 did we need a reboot of this super hero? in my opinion no we didn't and this film hasn't really changed my mind.

One can't deny the impressive new visuals and ideas for this new feature, Spider-Man does look good with new state of the art CGI effects and Spidey POV as he streaks across the night sky. The suit is pretty much the same albeit for some minor cosmetic differences, but Spider-Man's new moves during fights and skyscraper swinging are much more elaborate sexier and closer to the classic motions we all know and love from the comics and those top notch Capcom 2D fighters even!.

That said I still see no point in this film other than to show off what I just pointed out. Yes Spider-Man looks much slicker as he should five years after the last film but other than that there is nothing new here. I might add its only Spider-Man that looks good in this film, 'Lizard' looks pretty ropy if you ask me. Close ups of his face and eyes especially are pretty nice but when the action kicks in he looks like a dodgy Godzilla with a weird facial design. Obviously trying to look somewhat like the actor Ifans but it doesn't work too well.

The plot for Lizard is also kinda loose too really. He wants to turn everyone into lizards hmmm. Wouldn't that kinda make him no longer special? if everyone was the same as him he wouldn't be the strongest being around anymore, more importantly...why do this? On another note, again I realise this is a comicbook adaptation but isn't this plot like something out of a kids Saturday morning cartoon? to be more precise...a TMNT cartoon.

A lot of the film is so darn stupid also, OK its a comicbook adaptation but it just seems they have tried too hard, plus trying to squeeze too much into the one film. The origins segments seem to fly past and before you know it he's Spider-Man and everyone is calling him that! There isn't much exploration of his suit creation, he just makes it...just like that! and things happen that are just too daft to make any sense.

Parker's first use of his spider powers on the subway home is one example. some guy does something completely pointless whilst Parker sleeps (balances a beer bottle on his forehead?? duh!?). He awakes startled and leaps onto the carriage roof, sticking there, he jumps down and accidentally rips off a woman's top with his sticky fingers. Straight away some guys completely forget about the amazing feet they just saw and try to beat him up...as you would do of course.

Then of course there is all the obligatory high school fluff where Parker does things slightly out of the ordinary yet no one ever seems to question it. Yes I know its all part of the comicbook lore and gives the film some funny moments but my god its so cliched and ridiculous.

Personally I see nothing here that beats the Raimi franchise by any great lengths. Naturally the effects are much better but cast wise I actually prefer Maguire (although Dunst was terrible). Garfield was quite annoying, I found, and didn't have any of the emotion. Probably down to the fact Maguire is a good actor and Garfield is not...whoever he is.

I just feel this is all so ridiculous, they could do this every other year, just remake the same film with a pretty new cast and sparkly new effects, slap some gloss on the top and voila! yet another brand new origins remake. The thing is everyone will rush to see it too! (yes I see the irony in myself having seen it but I have a good reason for this...I'm a hypocrite). Its the same as before in a shiny new wrapper people! Hollywood must be rubbing their hands with glee.

With the amount of super hero films made and being made there really is no need for remakes/reboots of franchises that aren't very old. There are plenty of really good super hero characters out there Hollywood, lets see some of them get an adaptation, stop churning out the same spiel over and over.

Purely by the numbers cookie cutter film making in every sense and offers nothing new. There are some nice fight sequences between Spidey and Lizard yes but that's it, I get the impression that's the only reason they made this, to show off cool fights between cool comicbook characters. Cast aside the only differences are the change in villain and the visuals are prettier, everything else is as you would expect so where's the fun?.
August 9, 2014
phubbs1

Super Reviewer

Giving a film a darker tone does not necessarily mean it is going to make it better, but this film does it properly. Keeping in mind that there is a definitely recognition of scenes missing for details, Where do I begin? "Spider-Man" has been attempted in the past, but never have I felt this much REAL emotion from a superhero film. The Sam Raimi trilogy will always stand as the benchmark of modern-day superhero flicks, giving these new Spidey films something to really strive for. In this film, the depth of the characters is phenomenal, the never-before-seen backstory is told beautifully (although not explored enough), the realization scenes before the transformation is great, and the film is structured so much better this time around. The deaths actually made me cry, because they took their time and spent the right amount of screen time to show the emotions that should be felt by the audience. The CG work is better than I expected, although they could have tweaked a few details. I don't really have any complaints about this film. One of the most powerful portions of the film is the chemistry between Peter Parker and Gwen Stacey, and the character of Dr. Curt Connors/The Lizard was portrayed beautifully by Rhys Ifans. Forget Tobey Maguire, Andrew Garfield owns Spider-Man, and "The Amazing Spider-Man" may not be worthy of the title "Amazing," but it sure is fantastic!
April 30, 2014
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

Spider-Man was by no means a film that needed rebooting. But The Amazing Spider-Man is about on par in terms of quality; it's just a different interpretation. Director Marc Webb injects this film with his indie romantic sensibility, creating a film that is first and foremost about relationships. Andrew Garfield is a great Peter Parker and a better Spider-Man, and you couldn't find a better Gwen Stacy than Emma Stone. This origin story has just as much intelligence as it does special effects.
April 17, 2014
MovieGeek13

Super Reviewer

    1. Peter Parker/Spider-Man: You know in the future if you're gonna steal cars, don't dress like a car thief man.
    2. Car Thief: What are you? You're a cop?
    3. Peter Parker/Spider-Man: Really? You seriously think I'm a cop?
    – Submitted by Thomas H (3 months ago)
    1. Store Clerk: Stop that guy!
    2. Peter Parker/Spider-Man: Not my policy.
    – Submitted by Carlo Roy R (21 months ago)
    1. The Lizard/Dr. Curt Connors: Poor Peter Parker. No father. No mother. No uncle. You're all alone.
    2. George Stacy: He's not alone.
    – Submitted by Carlo Roy R (21 months ago)
    1. Peter Parker/Spider-Man: Oh no. Somebody's been a bad lizard.
    – Submitted by Carlo Roy R (21 months ago)
    1. Aunt May: Secrets have a cost. They're not free. Not now, not ever.
    – Submitted by Carlo Roy R (21 months ago)
    1. Dr. Curt Connors: All these souls, lost and alone. I can save them, I can cure them! There's no reason to stop me Peter!
    – Submitted by Carlo Roy R (21 months ago)
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