Overall Rank: 489
Average Rating: 2.9/4
# of Ratings: 1002
Theatrical Release Date: 05/03/2002
Genre: Action, Fantasy
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Director: Sam Raimi
Actors: Tobey Maguire, Willem Dafoe, Kirsten Dunst, James Franco, Cliff Robertson, Rosemary Harris
Plot: A bite by a genetically modified spider turns unsuspecting high school student Peter Parker into a reluctant superhero who learns that with great power comes great responsibility.
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Matthew Brady - wrote on 03/22/2014
The movie is about a bite by a genetically modified spider turns unsuspecting high school student Peter Parker into a reluctant superhero who learns that with great power comes great responsibility. Oky I have to say the visual effect's in this movie was not so good but this movie was my child hood favorite.
FSUNoles27TS - wrote on 12/07/2012
I enjoyed this super-hero movie. I think Maquire was a good choice and he performed well. I have not read the comic books so I do not know the comparison of the two.
mitchellyoung - wrote on 05/16/2012
The origin story of Spiderman is handled as well as can be by Sam Raimi, but Spiderman is himself a cartoonish character and the film's action scenes don't hold the same weight or urgency as other modern super hero franchises. I also don't like Tobey Maguire's whiney portrayal of the title role, though William Dafoe chews the scenery menacingly as the villain. The franchise got it right with the sequel, however - one of the best hero films ever.
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JLFM - wrote on 07/26/2012
Action movies are a dime a dozen. So many are released in a single year, yet so few are actually worth seeing. Spider-Man is one of the few worth seeing. Super hero films have never been all that appealing to me. More often than not, they end up being cheesy, cliched, and often campy. And while certain aspects of the film (most notably Green Goblin's outfit) are indeed campy, Spider-Man holds up very well, especially for a super hero film, and should not be shot down as simply another action film.
The story, as is with many action films, is quite simple. Peter Parker is bitten by a genetically enhanced spider, and is given spider-like abilities. Parker takes advantage of these abilities by doing good and protecting New York from wrong. But when a villain (nicknamed the Green …
Yojimbo - wrote on 03/31/2012
One of Marvel's flagship characters finally makes it to the big screen and with Sam Raimi at the helm, you have a sure-fire winner. The first half of the film is, as expected, fantastic. It has just the right balance of humour and action and although Tobey Maguire's acting talents are rather limited, he manages to pull off the dorky charm of Peter Parker with some success. There's a lot of humour in the discovery of his powers and how to use them and the supporting characters are all believeable. It also shows the motivations and character development of Spiderman really well and rarely descends into schmaltz. Unfortunately once the tights go on, things are not quite as strong. The Green Goblin was never a particularly interesting character and although the schizophrenia plot line is …
mdtinney - wrote on 07/30/2009
In 2002, the world was treated to the second big budget treatment of a Marvel comic book in the form of Spider-Man. Bryan Singer had opened the doors for major comic book adaptations two years prior with his adaptation of the X-Men, and he proved such movies could make major earnings in the box office. Well, along came a spider and proved just how true that was when Spider-Man grossed $403.7 million in the United States alone. The film introduces audiences to the origins of the hero, when Peter Parker is bitten by a genetically-altered spider and is given extraordinary abilities (i.e. web-slinging, wall-crawling, his "spider-sense"). After the death of his uncle at the hands of a car-jacker, Peter becomes determined to prevent crime and evil forces from ruining the lives of others and …
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