Spider-Man 2
Spider-Man 2 (2004)

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… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: November 30, 2004
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Critic Score: 93% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Boasting an entertaining villain and deeper emotional focus, this is a nimble sequel that improves upon the original.

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 more fluent and well paced.

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Nathan Rabin
AV Club

Simultaneously funnier, darker, and more emotional than its forebear.

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Mark Steyn
The Spectator

The trick with Spider-Man is to swing both ways -- the superheroics and the super lack of self-esteem -- without getting mired in the dreary introspective moping that did for Ang Lee's awful Hulk. Spider-Man 2 balances it all but perfectly,

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Christy Lemire
Associated Press

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.

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Dave Calhoun
Time Out

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

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David Stratton
At the Movies (Australia)

Maybe it has something to do with Sam Raimi's skills as a director, or with Tobey Maguire's very human central performance, but the Spider-Man films are by far the best of the superhero genre.

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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.

Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture

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

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Steve Persall
Tampa Bay Times

Spider-Man 2 ranks alongside Superman II and both X-Men films as the best screen adaptations of comic book heroes, a status that, as we've seen through the years, isn't as easy to master as it sounds.

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Flixster Audience Score: 81% Flixster User Reviews
Phil Hubbs
So after the massive success of the first film and fears about a low budget horror director taking the helm put to rest, amongst other things, we get the… More
KJ Proulx
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… More
Samuel Riley
Spider-Man 2 is that extremely rare gem that manages to exceed the high qualities of its predecessor in everyway.Tobey Maguire reprises his role and maintains… More
Edward Boxler
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… More
xGary Xx
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… More
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