Compiled by: Jack Foley
SPIDER-Man 2 opened in America on June 30 and the majority of
critics seem to agree that it is even better than its money-spinning
The film finds Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire) struggling to come
to terms with the burden of his responsibilities, while battling
another villain, in the form of Alfred Molina’s Doctor Octopus.
Leading the fanfare of acclaim is the Hollywood Reporter,
which wrote that ‘production values exceed those of the
earlier film in creating a comic book world with design, costumes,
cinematography and CG effects that deliver the 'wow' factor in
While the New York Times opined that ‘Spider-Man
2 is full of bright colours, emphatic noises and elaborate special
effects. That much is to be expected. But its distinguishing features,
I’m happy to report, are strong characters and honest feelings’.
Reelviews stated that it is ‘a worthy
sequel to the 2002 blockbuster, Spider-Man 2 will deposit fans
somewhere on the satisfaction spectrum between quietly pleased
While the New York Daily News wrote that ‘Spider-Man
2 is a perfect blend of summer action, a big movie with a deeply
The Chicago Tribune
wrote that ‘until it develops a bad case of verbosity toward
the end, it improves upon its predecessor in almost every way,
delivering flashier thrills while digging deeper into its characters
and adding an overlay of wit’.
And the Chicago Sun-Times hailed it to be ‘the
best super-hero movie since the modern genre was launched with
The Washington Post, meanwhile, wrote that ‘Maguire,
with his dim eyes and his forlorn voice, gives the movie an emotional
centre utterly rare for this sort of thing’.
The Detroit Free Press continued the accolades,
stating that ‘if the first instalment of Spider-Man lived
up to expectations, the new film surpasses them’.
And the New York Post announced that ‘sequels
don't get much better - or smarter - than the action-, drama-,
romance- and comedy-packed Spider-Man 2’.
And the praise just keeps on coming. Variety
noted that it is ‘crackerjack entertainment from start to
While the Boston Globe declared that ‘this
sequel is a more complete, not to mention more complex, experience’.
And the San Francisco Chronicle noted that it
is ‘smart, fun entertainment made by people who took nothing
for granted, including the audience’.
But the final comment goes to One Guy’s Opinion,
which concludes that Spider-Man 2 is ‘one of the best pictures
of its kind ever made, at once cheeky, exhilarating, funny and
genuinely moving...a triumph of the super-hero genre’.