The Amazing Spider-Man may be the first big-ticket, big-budget, big-action-sequence comic-book movie that also doubles as a lilting coming-of-age indie.
—Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly
The strengths of The Amazing Spider-Man, specifically its insistence on crafting characters you might recognize in everyday life, also contribute to its minor weaknesses
—Chris Vognar Dallas Morning News
It turns out that even a profoundly unnecessary movie can be pretty darn good.
—Christopher Orr The Atlantic
This is the first Spider-Man who can leap off a skyscraper and make us wonder if he has a plan in mind.
—Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times
This satisfying reboot slings a darker Spidey, a stronger romance and a welcome slew of tongue-in-cheek humor.
—Jordan Mintzer The Hollywood Reporter
While this is essentially a remake of Raimi's perfectly good "Spider-Man," the lure of (excellent) 3D and Imax showings should help rev up fanboys, even if they feel it's something they've already seen.
—Boyd van Hoeij Variety
This is the second-best Spider-Man movie yet made. In the previous trilogy, only Spider-Man 2 surpasses it.
—Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle
Probably not as good as you hoped or as bad as you feared.
—Stephanie Zacharek Movieline
As a new chapter in the superpowered arachnid saga, it stands on its own quite nicely, focusing more on human emotions than on a panoply of special effects.
—Claudia Puig USA Today
Mr. Webb's Spider-Man movie works only because he keeps the whole package, at least until the requisite final blowout, tethered to his two appealing leads.
—Manohla Dargis The New York Times