• Released
  • May 3, 2002
  • PG-13 , 2 hr 1 min
  • Action/Adventure
    Sci-Fi/Fantasy
  • 145 Fan Ratings
Synopsis: Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire) battles his archenemy, the Green Goblin (Willem Dafoe).

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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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Rated PG-13 | For Stylized Violence and Stylized Action
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 11+ Fun movie, but may be too intense for younger kids.
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