Tormented Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire) battles a sinister scientist who uses mechanical tentacles for destructive purposes.
" Maguire, with his dim eyes and his forlorn voice, gives the movie an emotional center utterly rare for this sort of thing. "
" As fine a repeat experience as our foolish, creativity-challenged tradition of sequelizing allows. "
" Like the first installment, refreshingly perverse in its intent. "
" Easily the most fun movie of the summer, an all-ages show that crawls deep into the heart. "
" Spider-Man 2 is much more a grown-up love story than its predecessor. "
" Spider-Man 2 has all manner of fancy CGI improvements on its precursor, but in the end it's the old-style action sequences that carry it. "
" The new, improved SM2 has a far smoother narrative line, as well as more amazing special effects, including even more terrific swinging. "
" It improves on the first one: better action, better comedy. "
" Raimi is good with the details. "
" Alfred Molina makes a more baroque supervillain than Willem Dafoe's Green Goblin, but the other stars seem happy to be giving us more of the same. Sam Raimi's direction, on the other hand, is even more fluent and well paced. "
" All in all, this sequel is a blockbuster with both a heart and a brain. "
" This triumphant sequel to the hard-to-top 2002 original may be the first great comic-book movie in the age of self-help and CGI wizardry, an entertainment in which both the thrills and the therapeutic personal growth are well earned. "
" This Spidey ain't heavy, this Spidey ain't light -- this Spidey weighs in just right. "
" Doc Ock is a far more interesting character than Willem Dafoe's Green Goblin from the first picture, and he's a lot funnier, too. "
" Spider-Man 2 has the cleanest emotional arc of any comic-book movie, ever. For all the simulation, it breathes. "
" For a big-budget action movie Spider-Man 2 is modest and not assaultive -- it has a boring decency. "
" A lot of talent to lavish on a single movie, but the result is uncommonly smart for the genre, and not just smart but tremendously enjoyable. "
" A terrifically entertaining comic book of a movie that mixes action and romance in ways that give it heft and heart. "
" A masterpiece of pop filmmaking -- a fantastic, exuberant entertainment that manages to be both sleek and substantial without being patronizing. "
" This is undoubtedly the most fun you'll have at the multiplexes this season, or maybe even this year. "
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