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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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, Salon.com, Saturday, July 3, 2004
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
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