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Maguire and Dunst keep Spider-Man on a high with their sweet-sexy yearning, spinning a web of dazzle and delicacy that might just restore the good name of movie escapism. Read full review
Spider-Man is an almost-perfect extension of the experience of reading comic-book adventures. Read full review
This is a rare twisted crowd-pleaser for longtime fans as well as novices -- or for those that don't know an arachnid from an insect. Read full review
Every action adventure needs a memorable villain, but no movie needs the strident intensity of Mr. Dafoe, who either has no interest in, or no grasp of, the sort of charmingly malign wit that Gene Hackman brought to "Superman," or Jack Nicholson to "Batman." Read full review
The Spider-Man saga is a classic for a reason, and the filmmakers don't squander the material's strengths. Read full review
What distinguishes Spider-Man from most other comic book movies is that the film is at its most engaging when its hero is out of costume. Read full review
It's got one of the best kisses in movie history: Spidey, hanging upside down, delivers an open-mouth smooch to Mary Jane, a lip-lock for the ages. Read full review
A canny franchise escapade; it gets the job done. But it also leaves you hungry for something more, and I don't necessarily mean the next episode. Read full review
Raimi crafted a complicated hero who is a welcome relief from the usual two-dimensional offerings. That said, we could use some moxie in the sequel. Read full review
The superhero part of the movie will leave audiences with a flat feeling, thanks to computery-looking special effects and a sagging story line. Read full review
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