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Spider-Man 2

action & adventure

Peter Parker (TOBEY MAGUIRE) gives up his crime-fighting identity of Spider-Man in a desperate attempt to return to ordinary life. But a ruthless, terrifying new villain, the multi-tentacled Doc Ock, forces Peter to swing back into action.

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common sense

ON for kids age 11
4 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
2 out of 5
0 out of 5
Positive messages
3 out of 5
Positive role models
4 out of 5
1 out of 5
4 out of 5

A popcorn pleasure with heart, soul, and insight.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that Spider-Man 2, the second in the Tobey Maguire-era Spiderman trilogy, starring, has lots of comic book-style violence. Cars (taxis, most often) are thrown into buildings, heroes and villains throw each other from high buildings, and, perhaps most disturbingly, the wife of a character is killed when glass in a building shatters and the shards fly straight for her face. There is some drinking - -a character is shown drinking whiskey at a bar and at home. Beyond this, the film raises important metaphorical questions about the importance of using your talents and gifts to their peak potential instead of casting them aside in order to be "normal."

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about how this sequel compares with the first Spider-Man movie. Is it as exciting? Is it deeper?
  • Why does Peter feel that he can't share his real self with anyone?
  • Why would Peter Parker would want to stop being Spider-Man? How do we know when to give up our dreams for others?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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    reviews counted: 22
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Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: Spider-Man 2 is much more a grown-up love story than its predecessor.

- Andrew Sarris, New York Observer, Friday, July 9, 2004

Fresh: Like the first installment, refreshingly perverse in its intent.

- Anthony Lane, New Yorker, Sunday, August 1, 2004

Rotten: For a big-budget action movie Spider-Man 2 is modest and not assaultive -- it has a boring decency.

- Charles Taylor,, Saturday, July 3, 2004

Audience Reviews

3 stars

Originally I watched it just to see Emily Deschanel. Was completely let down by her meager part in the film, but the movie turned out to be okay.

- dreamfaeries, Sunday, August 29, 2010

4 stars

great movie, better then the first one. A-

- bbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbb1, Thursday, June 24, 2010

4 stars

I think this is even better than the first movie in terms of style, story and characters. About the only thing it doesn't have is Willem Dafoe, but Alfred Molina's bonkers interpretation of Doc Ock is almost as good. This took everything I loved about the first and took away all the distasteful moments. This had its crazy moments and moments of complete nonsense, but there were also completely serious and earnest moments. Tobey Maguire seemed to do a lot better with this side of the character and I felt myself rooting for him more than laughing at him. The action sequences in this movie were done extremely well and I still don't know how they let Sam Raimi make such a bizarre world even more outlandish.

- ythelastman89, Monday, May 10, 2010