90

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
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.
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88

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
Spider-Man is an almost-perfect extension of the experience of reading comic-book adventures.
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88

USA Today

By Mike Clark
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.
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80

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
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."
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75

Chicago Tribune

By Mark Caro
The Spider-Man saga is a classic for a reason, and the filmmakers don't squander the material's strengths.
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75

Miami Herald

By Rene Rodriguez
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.
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
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.
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75

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
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.
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75

Boston Globe

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.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
The superhero part of the movie will leave audiences with a flat feeling, thanks to computery-looking special effects and a sagging story line.
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73 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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