Spider-Man 2

Spider-Man 2

(2004)

The second, and arguably the best, film in Sam Raimi's Spider-Man trilogy. This time Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire) is struggling with the responsiblity of being a superhero at the expense of his friends and career. To make things worse, his mentor, Dr Otto Octavius (Alfred Molina) is involved in a science experiment gone wrong, fusing multiple mechanical arms to his body and earning the pseudonym 'Doctor Octopus'.

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  • It's a real movie, full-blooded and smart, with qualities even for those who have no idea who Stan Lee is. It's a superhero movie for people who don't go to superhero movies, and for those who do, it's the one they've been yearning for. Full Review

  • This summer's most satisfying, spectacle-packed movie. Like its predecessor, it offers a strong story rather than a feeble excuse to connect set-pieces. Full Review

  • It's refreshing to witness a superhero with doubts. Maguire and Dunst again display the depth of talent they bring to these roles by injecting such everydayness into larger-than-life characters. Full Review

  • As played by Alfred Molina with both computer-generated and puppeteer assistance, Doc Ock grabs this film with his quartet of sinisterly serpentine mechanical arms and refuses to let go. Full Review

  • Better than its predecessor, and also superior to most other comic-book-based movies. It has a more credible (and more frightening) villain, a more capacious and original story and a self-confidence based not only on the huge success of the first "Spider-Man" but also on Mr. Raimi's intuitive and enthusiastic grasp of the material. Full Review

  • A comic-book sequel to surpass even X2, this is a resounding success. Box-office records beware - - here comes Spider-Man... Again. Full Review

  • The pleasure is doubled in Spider-Man 2. Crackerjack entertainment from start to finish, this rousing yarn about a reluctant superhero and his equally conflicted friends and enemies improves in every way on its predecessor and is arguably about as good a live-action picture as anyone's ever made using comicbook characters. Full Review