New Amazing Spider Man 2 Received Mixed Reviews From Major Critics
Columbia Pictures (Sony) released their new super hero/action flick, “The Amazing Spider Man 2” into theaters yesterday, May 1st, and the top critics have given it mixed reviews with an overall score of 53 out of a 100 across 48 reviews over at the Metacritic.com site.
The film stars: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Dane DeHaan, Colm Feore, Paul Giamatti, Sally Field, Chris Cooper, B.J. Novak, and Sarah Gadon. We’ve posted blurbs from a few of the critics,below.
Joe Neumaier from the New York Daily News, gave it an 80 score, saying, “There are two types of superhero movies: the ones that brood and the ones that swing. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is proudly the latter, filled with high-energy action.”
Richard Roeper from the Chicago Sun-Times, gave it a 75. He stated, “Director Marc Webb and his forces come up with some gorgeous special effects, and Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone have terrific chemistry, but as is the case with far too many superhero movies, the plot is a bit of an overstuffed mess.”
Claudia Puig from USA Today, gave it another 75 score, stating, “Aerial sequences are often thrilling. However, interpersonal relations are front and center in this installment.”
Chris Nashawaty over at Entertainment Weekly, gave it a 75, stating, “It’s a Marvel spectacle that manages to deftly balance razzle-dazzle, feel-it-in-your-gut slingshot moments of flight and believable human relationships. There’s psychological weight to go with all of the gravity-defying, webslinging weightlessness.”
Mick LaSalle over at the San Francisco Chronicle, gave it a 75 score. He stated, “It has action sequences that will appeal to people looking for the usual pyrotechnics, but the core of the movie – and the source of the audience’s interest – is emotion.”
Leslie Felperin from The Hollywood Reporter, gave it a 70, stating, “The plot gets itself tangled up in multiple villain strands, but in the main this installment is emotionally weightier and more satisfying than its predecessor.” Guy Lodge from Variety, gave it a 70 score as well. He stated: “Redundancy remains a problem, but this overlong superhero sequel gets by on sound, fury and star chemistry.”
Betsy Sharkey over at the Los Angeles Times, gave it a 60, saying, “The Occasionally Amazing Spider-Man 2 might be a better way to think of the not-always-spectacular but sometimes satisfying Spider-Man sequel.”
Christy Lemire from RogerEbert.com, gave it a 50 score. She stated: “It’s sufficiently giddy at first but eventually grows repetitive and wearying, especially as more and more stuff gets blown up real good.” Peter Travers from Rolling Stone , gave it a 50, saying, “Things go wrong quickly with Amazing 2. Am I the only one who hates the word Amazing to describe a movie that isn’t? Just asking. If I had to pinpoint where this epic goes south, I’d start with the tonal shifts.”
Manohla Dargis from the The New York Times, gave it a 50 grade, stating, “A sequel that, until a late, lamentably foolish turn, balances blockbuster bombast with human-scale drama, child-friendly comedy and gushers of tears.” Michael Phillips over at the Chicago Tribune gave it another 50 score, claiming, “Folks, I confess: I’m coping with a mild case of arachno-apatha-phobia, defined as the fear of another so-so “Spider-Man” sequel.”
Ty Burr from the Boston Globe, gave it a 50 score. He stated: “I’m still not convinced we needed a new Spider-Man series, but at least this installment is interestingly mediocre instead of actively bad.”
Lastly, Kyle Smith from the New York Post, gave it a 50 score too. He said, “The Amazing Spider-Man is more like an old Xerox copy: Greasy, paper-thin, slightly faded, and probably made unnecessarily, but in any case destined to get lost in a pile of things exactly like it.” Stay tuned. Also, get your favorite Movie stuff, and more by Clicking Here.