‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ -What the Critics I Trust Are Saying

by on July 4, 2012

in Entertainment, movie reviews

'The Amazing Spider-Man' movie reviewI came across a review of Marc Webb‘s The Amazing Spider-Man that called it dull and lazy (to paraphrase) but since I don’t know/trust the reviewer, I’m not sure I’ll credit him here.  But what I am seeing is that the movie seems to be received well.

Over on Rotten Tomatoes, the critics score is sitting at 71%.  Movie Review Intelligence also has it sitting at a 71% good ratings with critics.

Critics I Do Trust:

EW‘s Lisa Schwarzbaum gave it an ‘A-,’ she starts with “A friskier, sweeter-natured variation on the story Sam Raimi told in his recent trilogy, with greater emphasis on human relations than on special effects…


Norman Wilner from Now Toronto gave it 4 out of 5 ‘N’s’, saying “…the franchise gets a fresh start in The Amazing Spider-Man. And it mostly works.


Tom Long from the Detroit Press wasn’t so enthused by it, saying that “The latest Spider-Man is overly familiar and technically shaky.”

His gripe being that we’ve seen this story already, even if this version of Peter Parker is slightly different.


I hate when critics I trust disagree… but there it is.

My tie-breaker comes from Screen Rant‘s Kofi Outlaw, who says “Amazing Spider-Man arguably gets more right than it gets wrong, but it is far from being a perfect film. At its core, the movie seems to be, in fact, two films: The hour-long teenage character drama that director Marc Webb ((500) Days of Summer)  invests great time and care in telling – followed by a standard  superhero blockbuster,”


After many months of critically reviewing reviews, I trust these folks perspectives. Especially Outlaw’s take.  I think the gripe most might have with the movie is that it’s so soon after the other scream-fests that Sam Raimi put out. (Mary Jane screamed more than talked in Raimi’s movies.)

I was on a bubble, but when I get a chance, I do think I’ll be headed out to see The Amazing Spider-Man.  I’m not worried about wasting the cash.  Now whether I spend money on 2D or waste it on the 3D experience, well, I’m leaning towards 2D, but we’ll see how the timing works out at the theater.


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