The Amazing Spider-Man 2012

Critics score:
72 / 100

Reviews provided by RottenTomatoes

Christy Lemire, Associated Press: Garfield plays Peter as more of a misunderstood outsider, a rebel with a chip on his shoulder, a guy who wasn't afraid to stand up to the class bully even before he underwent his transformation. Read more

Mary F. Pols, TIME Magazine: None of this is new to us, but Garfield and Webb make it feel convincingly fresh and exciting. Read more

Dana Stevens, Slate: This might be a fun summer blockbuster if only it even remotely needed to exist. Read more

Glenn Kenny, MSN Movies: ... if you're not sick of superhero movies by now, this is a relatively decent one. Read more

Manohla Dargis, New York Times: Mr. Webb's Spider-Man movie works only because he keeps the whole package, at least until the requisite final blowout, tethered to his two appealing leads. Read more

Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal: This hugely elaborate production is supposed to be the reboot of a foundering franchise, but rebooting a computer wipes the silicon slate clean. In the movie, what's old is old again. Read more

Claudia Puig, USA Today: As a new chapter in the superpowered arachnid saga, it stands on its own quite nicely, focusing more on human emotions than on a panoply of special effects. Read more

Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times: It's a nice try, but you wish all this talent could bring us something we haven't seen before. Sorry, Spidey. Read more

Keith Phipps, AV Club: It's the most anonymous superhero film since Green Lantern. Read more

Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic: Watching Garfield swinging through New York or toying with criminals after he captures them is reason enough to welcome another telling of the tale. Read more

Ty Burr, Boston Globe: Dumbed down, tarted up, and almost shockingly uninspired, it's the worst superhero movie since Green Lantern. Read more

Amy Nicholson, Boxoffice Magazine: A paint-by-numbers pleasure: Boy meets girl, boy meets spider, spider meets world. Read more

J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader: This fourth installment is a complete reboot, returning to the web-slinger's creation story, and Garfield, more than any other factor, contributes to the sense of a darker vision along the lines of The Dark Knight. Read more

Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune: The nerve-racking duality of his character's situation is all there in Garfield's face and body language. Read more

Tom Charity, At 28, Garfield's slightly older than Maguire was when he played Peter Parker in 2002, but his combination of fresh-faced innocence, nervous agitation and wry humor is immediately appealing. Read more

Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor: The whiz-bang stuff doesn't kick in until the Peter-Gwen relationship (which is the best thing in the movie) is firmly established. Read more

Chris Vognar, Dallas Morning News: This is a grittier webslinger saga, led by a Peter Parker with swagger and angst and a tone defined more by emotional resonance than wide-eyed wonder. It still has plenty of fizz. Read more

Tom Long, Detroit News: How amazing can it be? We all just saw this movie when "Spider-Man" came out a decade ago. Read more

Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly: What's most amazing in The Amazing Spider-Man turns out to be not the shared sensations of blockbuster wow! the picture elicits, but rather the shared satisfactions of intimate awww. Read more

Laremy Legel, If you've seen half a dozen superhero films, and the box office results suggest you have, then you've also seen what "The Amazing Spider-Man" has to offer. Read more

Jordan Mintzer, Hollywood Reporter: Leaping back onto the screen with a new cast, crew, costume and a whole new array of daddy issues, The Amazing Spider-Man reboots the top grossing Marvel franchise to altogether satisfying results. Read more

Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times: Garfield and Stone are good enough to ensure that you won't miss their predecessors, but you may well wonder where Doc Ock is now that we really need him. Read more

Randy Myers, San Jose Mercury News: Even though the story is familiar it's hand to not get drawn into its own unique web. Read more

Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald: Do we really need another Spider-Man movie? As long as it's this much fun - yes, yes, we do. Read more

Rafer Guzman, Newsday: It spends a lot of time improving Spidey's gear -- textured Spandex, stronger webbing -- but fails to do the one thing it was created to do: bring something new to a familiar tale. Read more

Anthony Lane, New Yorker: The idea that to be rendered superhuman is neither some sombre moral privilege nor a queasy Faustian temptation but a prelude to ungovernable slapstick might be just what the genre needs. Read more

Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger: If you think you've seen this all before - you have. Yet you haven't seen it quite like this - so shiny, so spectacular, so literally "Amazing." Read more

Bob Mondello, NPR: Here comes another Spider-dude: This Andrew Garfield guy. So he'd better be really something, right? Well, as it happens, he is. Read more

Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News: Director Marc Webb's action-adventure is grounded in a recognizable reality, but is also full of thrills. It's dark and mysterious, but doesn't skimp on fun. Read more

Lou Lumenick, New York Post: Sometimes dull and mostly uninspired, it's much less a satisfying reboot like "Batman Begins'' than a pointless rehash in the mode of "Superman Returns.'' Read more

Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer: Brings fresh faces and 3-D bells and whistles to the adventures of a moody nerd-boy who gets bitten by a radioactive arachnid and morphs into a smart-talking, web-slinging, thug-busting superhero. Read more

James Berardinelli, ReelViews: There's something inherently depressing about what this movie says about the state of summer blockbusters in general and superhero movies in particular. Read more

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times: If we didn't really need to be told Spidey's origin story again, at least it's done with more detail and provides better reasons for why Peter Parker throws himself into his superhero role. Read more

Peter Travers, Rolling Stone: I don't really see why the Spidey reboot was needed right now, but The Amazing Spider-Man has its virtues. Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone are stellar and director Marc Webb has crafted a Spider-Man that touches the heart. Read more

Andrew O'Hehir, Pretty good summer flick! Read more

Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle: This is the second-best Spider-Man movie yet made. In the previous trilogy, only Spider-Man 2 surpasses it. Read more

Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune: With great stories come great responsibilities. This one doesn't measure up. Read more

Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch: From the first image of sensory awakening to the final acceptance of adult responsibility, it pulses with the warm blood of a very human hero. Read more

Christopher Orr, The Atlantic: The Amazing Spider-Man is considerably more fun-and, yes, even touching-than so premature a reboot had any right to be. Read more

Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail: More honourable than "amazing," the latest reboot of the Spider-man franchise brings Marvel Comics web-slinging super-hero down to earth, in a mostly satisfactory way. Read more

Alonso Duralde, TheWrap: Whatever your thoughts about rebooting the Spider-Man franchise after a mere five years in mothballs, The Amazing Spider-Man winds up being a thrilling and, occasionally, even exhilarating spin on a familiar saga. Read more

Dave Calhoun, Time Out: We're never far from romance or laughs, and at times 'The Amazing Spider-Man' feels like a romcom upgraded to include 3D and industrial cobwebs. Read more

Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out: On the whole, it's passable stuff, a surprise, given how mechanical the masked character seemed. Read more

Peter Howell, Toronto Star: The Amazing Spider-Man is at least better than Raimi's Spider-Man 3, which was a mess. Read more

Boyd van Hoeij, Variety: A mostly slick, entertaining and emotionally involving recombination of fresh and familiar elements. Read more

Chris Packham, Village Voice: An inexcusably good reboot-thing... Read more

David Edelstein, New York Magazine/Vulture: For all its underlying cynicism, the new Spidey picture is pretty damn good. Read more

Ann Hornaday, Washington Post: Now that all the fussy exposition has been taken care of, the real fun can begin in earnest: Long may he weave. Read more