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Stan Lee's all-too-human superhero returns to the screen in this highly anticipated sequel to 2002's blockbuster hit Spider-Man. Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire) is attempting to juggle college classes an... read more read more...d his job as a photographer with the Daily Bugle while maintaining his secret life as costumed crime-fighter Spider-Man. Parker is also struggling to hold on to his relationship with Mary Jane Watson (Kirsten Dunst), who is beginning to enjoy success as a model and actress, and both Mary Jane and Peter have noticed he's beginning to buckle under the strain. Parker's friendship with Harry Osborn (James Franco) is also beginning to fray due to Peter's seeming alliance with Spider-Man, whom Harry blames for the death of his father, the nefarious Norman Osborn. As Parker weighs his responsibilities to himself and those around him against the obligations that come with his special powers, Spider-Man is faced with a new nemesis -- Dr. Otto Octavius (Alfred Molina), a deranged scientist whose latest project has turned him into the near-invincible cyborg Doctor Octopus. Spider-Man 2 was directed by Sam Raimi, who helmed the first film, and much of the original cast has also reunited for this sequel, including Rosemary Harris, J.K. Simmons, and Bruce Campbell. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

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DVD Release Date: November 30, 2004

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  • April 17, 2014
    Spider-Man 2 is great fun in its action scenes and surprisingly thoughtful in its dramatic ones. Peter Parker has to deal with balancing school, work, love life, and being a superhero and it quickly becomes too much. Comic book movies rarely venture into this territory, but Spide... read morer-Man 2 does, and emerges with a definition of what it means to be a superhero.
  • April 8, 2014
    The sequel to the superb 2004 entry, Spider-Man 2 is bigger and is more emotional. Tobey Maguire reprises his role as the web slinger. This time, he is to confront a new and improved villian. Personally, the main focus of this film should be Alfred Molina; who's portrayal of Dr O... read morectopus gives off pure power, sophistication and terror. This is possibly the highlight in the Spider-Man trilogy.
  • November 1, 2013
    Peter Parker begins to find the life of a super hero a rather thankless task and increasingly stressed by his inability to balance work, school and fighting crime he decides to quit being Spiderman. Unfortunately he does not count on a disastrous scientific experiment that turns ... read morean altruistic genius into a mechanically enhanced megalomaniac! Spiderman builds on a fine original and delivers all it promised and more. The action sequences are brilliantly done and even more importantly, it intelligently fleshes out the characters with humour and depth. The way Peter has to confront the pros and cons of superherodom is really cleverly done and it injects even more clever humour; in particular the scenes when Peter accidentally dyes his smalls with his spider suit and taking a lift when his powers fail him. It's witty, funny and exciting and everything a superhero film should be. And once more I felt sorry for anyone having to share a scene with the brilliant J. K. Simmons! One of the best hero movies out there.
  • January 29, 2013
    27/01/2013 (BluRay, PS3)
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    October 2, 2012
    An exceptional sequel led by a superb cast and filled with a fantastic direction/script. Spider-Man 2 takes a deeper toll on the masked vigilante with an emotional as well as physical toll. With the addition of Alfred Molina as the famed villian, the film is a spin of fun. 5/5
  • July 13, 2012
    more effective than the first in character design. some of the sequences of the first were a tad better, but overall they are about equal in quality. i liked a lot about this film, but a great spiderman film is yet to be made.
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    July 6, 2012
    Taking a huge leap forward in technology and storytelling, "Spider-Man 2" is not just your average superhero film, but it is a piece of super-heroic art to own for a lifetime that should be cherished upon, and never given up! There is still cheese in this film, just like the firs... read moret time around, but the characters have so much depth and the consequences actually come into effect. I do not see why anyone in their right mind would not like this film, because to me, it is "THE" greatest superhero film of all time! The shots are very impressive, the acting is good enough for a fictional flick, the writing is on another level of great when it comes down to the considerations that it is a superhero film, and the action scenes are not something you can just walk away from. "Spider-man 2" is a movie that I will love forever! From the humour to the sad emotional moments, this film is brilliant in it's own way! It may not follow the comics to a "T," but honestly, we knew that going in. Forget that, and you have a masterpiece of a superhero film!
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    June 30, 2012
    Up until "Dark Knight", this was by far my favorite comic book movie. "Spider- Man 2" took everything good about the first movie, and built on it. Amazing effects mixed with an equally amazing story. The whole cast is back as Peter Parker(Tobey Maquire) deals with whether or n... read moreot he wants to be spider man, or to live just a normal life. He's haunted by the fact that he can never be in a happy relationship with Mary Jane Watson(Kirsten Dunst), and that his best friend Harry(James Franco) wants spider man dead for the death of his father. The whole time all this is going on, a new villain rises in Dr. Ock(Alfred Molina) and he threatens to destroy all of New York. Its a great film, and worked best as a true Peter Parker movie. You really go on a journey through him and see the ups and downs of being a super hero through his eyes. Side note, this movie has one of the best soundtracks ever. I absolutely love it to this day, and it features one of my favorite songs "Gifts and Curses" by Yellowcard. With the series being rebooted, making this trilogy kind of obsolete, this movie still stands as a phenomenal film.
  • March 10, 2012
    This movie is raved to be the best of the Spider-Man series, but I beg to differ. It just wasn't as interesting as the first one...
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    January 14, 2012
    There really isn't a lot that needs to be said about this movie. It fixes on the flaws of the first film and creates a fantastic film. The story goes more in depth about the characters and has more emotional value. The acting in this movie works as well. Tobey McGuire is excellen... read moret as Peter Parker, James Franco and Kirsten Dunst play great roles, and Alfred Molina was terrific as Doc Ock. This is one of the greatest superhero movies ever made.

Critic Reviews

Jonathan Rosenbaum
August 5, 2013
Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader

Alfred Molina makes a more baroque supervillain than Willem Dafoe's Green Goblin, but the other stars seem happy to be giving us more of the same. Sam Raimi's direction, on the other hand, is even mor... Full Review

Joe Morgenstern
July 14, 2010
Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal

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.

Dave Calhoun
June 24, 2006
Dave Calhoun, Time Out

All in all, this sequel is a blockbuster with both a heart and a brain. Full Review

Peter Rainer
August 7, 2004
Peter Rainer, New York Magazine

It improves on the first one: better action, better comedy. Full Review

Anthony Lane
August 1, 2004
Anthony Lane, New Yorker

Like the first installment, refreshingly perverse in its intent. Full Review

Julien Lapointe
July 20, 2004
Julien Lapointe, Chicago Reader

Raimi is good with the details. Full Review

Andrew Sarris
July 9, 2004
Andrew Sarris, New York Observer

Spider-Man 2 is much more a grown-up love story than its predecessor. Full Review

Charles Taylor
July 3, 2004
Charles Taylor,

For a big-budget action movie Spider-Man 2 is modest and not assaultive -- it has a boring decency. Full Review

Ella Taylor
June 30, 2004
Ella Taylor, L.A. Weekly

Spider-Man 2 has all manner of fancy CGI improvements on its precursor, but in the end it's the old-style action sequences that carry it. Full Review

Michael Booth
June 30, 2004
Michael Booth, Denver Post

Easily the most fun movie of the summer, an all-ages show that crawls deep into the heart. Full Review

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    • Peter Parker/Spider-Man: Am I not supposed to have what I want, what I need? What am I supposed to do?
    • Dr. Otto Octavius AKA Doctor Octopus: Butterfingers!
    • Dr. Otto Octavius AKA Doctor Octopus: Find him or I'll peel the flesh off her bones.
    • Peter Parker/Spider-Man: If you lay one finger on her.
    • Dr. Otto Octavius AKA Doctor Octopus: You'll do what?
    • Joseph "Robbie" Robertson: The police say that Spider-Man was there.
    • J. Jonah Jameson: Where were you, photographing squirrels? You're fired!
    • Miss Brant: Jonah, the Planetary Ball.
    • J. Jonah Jameson: Oh, right. Parker, you're unfired!
    • J. Jonah Jameson: Spider-Man was a hero. I just couldn't see it. He was a, a thief! A criminal! He stole my suit! He's a menace to the entire city! I want that wall-crawling arachnid prosecuted! I want him strung up by his web! I want Spider-Man!!!
    • Peter Parker/Spider-Man: Here's your change!

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