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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 and 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… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 94%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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 more fluent and well paced."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"Simultaneously funnier, darker, and more emotional than its forebear."
‑ Nathan Rabin, AV Club
"An expertly crafted mix of drama, romance, humour and action that outdoes its more conventionally generic predecessor."
‑ John Hazelton, Screen International
"A comic-book sequel to surpass even X2, this is a resounding success."
‑ , Total Film
"Director Sam Raimi's follow-up to his first Spider-Man is damn near perfect."
‑ Dan DeMaggio, Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
"The web-slinging sequences are bigger-better-brighter-faster than the already spectacular ones in 2002's Spider-Man, and at the same time, the film's smaller emotional moments are denser, richer and more resonant than those in the first."
‑ Christy Lemire, Associated Press
"All in all, this sequel is a blockbuster with both a heart and a brain."
‑ Dave Calhoun, Time Out
"Emotionally deeper, better looking and twice as exciting as the blockbuster that kicked off the franchise two years ago, Spider-Man 2 just became the new gold standard for the current crop of super-hero movies."
‑ James Vance, Tulsa World
"With the reluctant hero's origins covered in the first movie, a sequel offered returning director Sam Raimi the chance to have some real fun. And that's exactly what he does."
‑ Sloan Freer, Radio Times
"It hits the ground at ramming speed and, slightly over two hours later, collapses in blissful exhaustion."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"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."
‑ Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal
"It improves on the first one: better action, better comedy."
‑ Peter Rainer, New York Magazine/Vulture
"Through it all, Maguire remains the ideal actor to play the conflicted superhero. Earnest and vulnerable, you see why he delights in the transformation to superhero. And why he also feels its burden."
‑ David Crumpler, Florida Times-Union
"For summer popcorn fun, this movie has it all: special effects, romance, action and humor."
‑ Leah Rozen, People Magazine
"A popcorn pleasure with heart, soul, and insight."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
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