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The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)

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Average Rating: 6.7/10
Reviews Counted: 283
Fresh: 206 | Rotten: 77

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: 6.9/10
Critic Reviews: 45
Fresh: 35 | Rotten: 10

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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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.

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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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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
Examiner.com

"The Amazing Spider-Man" would be amazing if we didn't just see it a few years ago.

September 5, 2012 Full Review Source: FoxNews.com | Comments (5)
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Audience Reviews for The Amazing Spider-Man

This is every bit the Spider-Man movie I wanted ten years ago. 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. While the territory is familiar, this origin story has just as much intelligence as it does special effects.
April 15, 2014
MovieGeek13

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A far more loyal film towards the comics than Sam Raimi's trilogy. However, it doesn't mean that this film is better than Raimi's. Even though Tim Burton's Batman films were more faithful to the comics, Christopher Nolan's trilogy is widely considered the better out of the two. And in this case, even though I liked this new one, I grew up with Sam Raimi's trilogy and to have a reboot come about so shortly is more than not called for. Even though Andrew Garfield gave a strong performance, I just still prefer Tobey Maguire's Spider-Man. While the Lizard is an impressive villan with Rhys Ifans' superb portrayal, it ultimately doesn't top Alfred Molina's Dr Octopus or Willem Dafoe's Green Goblin. Overall, this reboot doesn't live up to being "Amazing" as its title implies, but it's still Spider-Man and even though it may not top Sam Raimi's trilogy, this introduces another way of watching the web slinger on the big screen.
P.S. Because of J.K Simmons' brilliant portrayal as J.Jonah Jameson in the trilogy, if they ever bring that character into this reboot franchise, I feel no one else can really top his performance, so they'd better have Simmons or no one for that role.
April 8, 2014
Samuel Riley
Samuel Riley

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Garfield and Stone are great! But I think I am getting too old to enjoy the comics made movies now.
July 31, 2013
Tomassgringo

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I'm not sure we really needed this re-boot so soon after the other films! It seems to stay faithful to a lot of the ideas behind Spiderman and therefore some scenes are just like the first film, which makes me think why not try something totally different?! It's a good film though and the action and SFX are very good, overall I think it missed some of the charm of the recent first film.
May 6, 2013
Deano78

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    1. Store Clerk: Stop that guy!
    2. Peter Parker/Spider-Man: Not my policy.
    – Submitted by Carlo Roy R (16 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 (16 months ago)
    1. Peter Parker/Spider-Man: Oh no. Somebody's been a bad lizard.
    – Submitted by Carlo Roy R (16 months ago)
    1. Aunt May: Secrets have a cost. They're not free. Not now, not ever.
    – Submitted by Carlo Roy R (16 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 (16 months ago)
    1. Miss Ritter: Peter, don't make promises you can't keep.
    2. Peter Parker/Spider-Man: But those are the best kind.
    – Submitted by Carlo Roy R (16 months ago)
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