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Reviews: The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)

amazing_spider-man_2Reviews for this film from our members:

  • Dragan Antulov @ Draxblog VI [Croatian]
  • Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan
    • Excerpt: Everything else showed that The Amazing Spider-Man 2 just threw things on the screen and hopes that fans will be thrilled by all the action and visuals to care whether it is actually good. Our friendly neighborhood Spider-Man deserves better, as do we.
  • José Arce @ [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: Marc Webb presenta el segundo capítulo de su trilogía dedicada al trepamuros en una aventura en la que se ha puesto las pilas en el plano palomitero, pero que sigue trabada por su insistencia en el componente emocional/amoroso. Dos horas y media son demasiadas.
  • Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire
    • Excerpt: There will be another one, just two years from now, and yet another two years after that. But what ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2’ fails to demonstrate is why on earth we should want to see any more of the character.
  • Tim Brayton @ Antagon & Ecstasy
  • Kevin Carr @ 7M Pictures
    • Excerpt: Taken at face value as a basic summer action movie, “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” is enjoyable to watch. However, the pacing is a mess, and villains are thrown in at the most unlikely times.
  • Samuel Castro @ [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: La segunda parte de la segunda trilogía sobre Spiderman, va de mal en peor.
  • Erik Childress @
  • Michael Dequina @
  • Jim Dixon @
    • Excerpt: Director Marc Webb’s sequel to his own reboot of the “Spider-Man” series is a soaring, exhilarating thrill ride that effectively maximizes the 3D format to the point of threatening air sickness.
  • Billy Donnelly @ This Is Infamous
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: The problem isn’t the myriad plot threads. It’s that there’s no clear through line that unites them…
  • Susan Granger @
    • Excerpt: An adrenaline-pumping popcorn picture aimed at a youthful audience.
  • Steven Greydanus @ National Catholic Register
  • Vadym Grygoriev @ [Ukrainian]
  • Roderick Heath @ This Island Rod
    • Excerpt: Too much of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is, in essence, set-up, exposition, or backstory, and too little of it is strong pay-off.
  • Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: We are presented with a visual and aural assault on the senses. The over-abundance of special effects are so chaotic at times that the brain cannot even reconcile what is happening.
  • Blake Howard @ Graffiti with Punctuation
    • Excerpt: I’m extremely pleased to say that there may be hope for our friendly, neighbourhood spandex wearing New Yorker.
  • MaryAnn Johanson @
    • Excerpt: Suffers badly by comparison with the cogent, witty Avengers flicks. This feels like a campy Saturday-morning cartoon left over from the 1970s.
  • Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
    • Excerpt: With the carbon copied “origin story” out of the way, this rebooted sequel can finally get somewhere and prove that it has more of a raison d’être. With great waiting comes good, not great, payoff.
  • Benjamin Kramer @ The Voracious Filmgoer
  • Kristin Dreyer Kramer @
  • Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight
    • Excerpt: In spite of being incredibly popular, the original Spider-Man trilogy was heavily flawed. From its mopey protagonist to its insignificant significant other, Sam Raimi’s admittedly entertaining starter franchise was largely inferior to the Marc Webb-rebooted The Amazing Spider-Man. While that film was superior to all but the second film of the prior franchise, this follow-up is severely problematic and is missing all the fun and tightness of its predecessor.
  • Joe Lozito @ Big Picture Big Sound
    • Excerpt: he first sequel in this prematurely rebooted franchise is freed from the shackles of the origin story but still exists in the shadow of the Raimi movies.
  • Mike McGranaghan @ The Aisle Seat
  • Darren Mooney @ the m0vie blog
    • Excerpt: Amazing… or pretty close.
  • Frank Ochieng @ Focus of New York Magazine
    • Excerpt: [An] overstuffed superhero saga. It is so regrettable to say that Spider-Man 2’s half-spun crime-stopping shenanigans gets caught up clumsily within its own tangled web.
  • Jason Pirodsky @
    • Excerpt: A mild improvement over its predecessor, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is bright, fast, and fun, boasting some kinetic action set pieces, an appealing trio of lead performances, and a genuine feel for the material from director Marc Webb.
  • Jamie S. Rich @ DVD Talk
    • Excerpt: The structure of the movie is soap opera for about 30 minutes, a fight for 10, more soap opera for about 80, then 30 minutes of mayhem and histrionics, then 10 minutes of clean-up.
  • Jerry Roberts @ Armchair Cinema
    • Excerpt: It is clear that Webb wants to elevate the movie above just being an expensive special effects exercise. He succeeds only in part. The movie isn’t as surprising or as refreshing as the original. It doesn’t have the straight-lined narrative of the first movie, but it is interested in its superhero beyond just having him swing around and beat up villains. There’s a heart beating just beneath this elephantine enterprise.
  • Tom Santilli @
    • Excerpt: …it feels like there is much more at stake here then in any of the previous 10 Marvel movies combined. And that’s the great, unique power that this film franchise now possesses.
  • Cole Smithey @
    • Excerpt: Even the nerdiest members of that dead cultural movement known as fanboys must admit that rebooting Sam Raimi’s “Spider-Man” is/was a mistake.
  • Josh Spiegel @ Sound on Sight
  • Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: Doesn’t really deserve the totular adjective, but while it doesn’t match the second movie in Raimi’s threesome, it’s slightly better than Webb’s first.
  • [New – 3/27/15] | Sarah Ward @ Trespass Magazine
Updated: July 10, 2015 — 10:59 am

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