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Spider-Man 2 - US reaction

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 original.

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 spades’.

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 and overjoyed’.

While the New York Daily News wrote that ‘Spider-Man 2 is a perfect blend of summer action, a big movie with a deeply personal story’.

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 Superman (1978)’.

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 finish’.

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’.

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