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Amazing Spider-Man, The (12A)

Amazing Spider-Man, The (12A)

Action, Adventure, Fantasy

Peter Parker finds a clue that might help him understand why his parents disappeared when he was young. His path puts him on a collision course with Dr. Curt Connors, his father's former partner.

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The critical consensus

Twilight in spandex? Well, perhaps, although it’s this radically different approach to Stan Lee and Steve Ditko’s crimefighter, who celebrates his 50th birthday this year, that makes Sony Pictures' reboot worthwhile.

****(*)Robbie Collin, The Telegraph, 19/06/2012

Marc Webb's successful synthesis of action and emotion, together with a terrific performance by Andrew Garfield, means that this Spider-Man is as enjoyable as it is impressive.

****(*)Andrew Pulver, The Guardian, 19/06/2012

It isn’t perfect but this reboot’s wins outweigh its wobbles. The leads charm, the action crackles and the grooves are well-laid for part two. Untold story? Next time, then.

****(*)Total Film, 19/06/2012

Deja vu all over again.

***(*)(*)Chris Tookey, Daily Mail, 22/06/2012

Affection for the characters carries the day, however, and with its high caliber cast the prospect of a sequel is not unwelcome.

***(*)(*)Henry Fitzherbert, Daily Express, 27/06/2012

Garfield and Stone are sweet together, but once Ifans turns reptilian and the CGI starts to bully the screen you feel this film has already shot its bolt. "With great power comes great responsibility" is how Peter's Uncle Ben warned him of trials to come. The studio sees it differently: with great power comes the chance to relaunch a superhero franchise, audience memory go hang.

***(*)(*)Anthony Quinn, The Independent, 29/06/2012

The 3D ought to lighten the tedium of the final, CGI-heavy act, but it doesn't. Most of the fun of the Spider-Man story has always been in the set up, and so it proves here.

***(*)(*)Alison Rowat, The Herald, 29/06/2012

Overall, Spidey satisfies but never soars.

***(*)(*)David Edwards, Daily Record, 29/06/2012

Webb compensates by maintaining a brisk pace, dropping in some suitably spectacular set pieces and making the most of the film's biggest asset, Garfield himself, who justifies the faith placed in him by immediately making the character his own.

****(*)Rob Carnevale, The List, 29/06/2012

I’m all for superheroes with rich emotional lives, but when the synthesis of action and emotion is lopsided, you can’t help feeling the picture has lost some of the iconic qualities of the comic book.

***(*)(*)Siobhan Synnot, The Scotsman, 01/07/2012

It's darker and less kitsch than Raimi's trilogy, but Spider-Man himself (Andrew Garfield) has got his sense of humour back, quipping mid-fight just as he does in the comics.

Nicolas Barber, The Independent, 01/07/2012

For all its action sequences and swoops and swings, I found it hard to get remotely excited by The Amazing Spider-Man. It exists in a vacuum of familiarity and although Garfield's twitchy, spiky playing of Peter Parker brings new shades, this is hardly a re-reading of Hamlet.

Jason Solomons, The Observer, 01/07/2012

Graced with great performances from Garfield and Stone, The Amazing Spider-Man is a rare comic-book flick that is better at examining relationships than superheroism. If it doesn’t approach the current benchmark of Avengers Assemble, it still delivers a different enough, enjoyable origin story to live comfortably alongside the Raimi era.

***(*)(*)Ian Freer, Empire Online, 02/07/2012

It is amazing how potent and entertaining the Spider-Man myth continues to be.

****(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 04/07/2012

The Bond films (at least until recently) never felt the need to tediously explain the character’s origins every time a new face was brought in, so why does The Amazing Spider-Man? Just because the superhero template remains the same, doesn’t mean the adventures have to follow suit.

**(*)(*)(*)Alistair Harkness, The Scotsman, 05/07/2012

There’s a new Webb-slinger in town – and he’s here to stay.

****(*)Matt Bochenski, Little White Lies, 05/07/2012

The strength of this film is in its pacing, investing real time in developing a personality, however far fetched it is. It's one you care for and that’s something special effects can't quite replace yet.

****(*)Dylan Matthew, Edinburgh Guide, 05/07/2012

With a fine, enthusiastic cast, a chance to take a slightly different approach to the material, and millions of dollars at his disposal, Webb had everything going for him yet was at the same time being set up for a fall by many critics and fans. His Spider-Man film is a competent effort that ensures the franchise - and his reputation - are safe. It's just a shame it doesn't soar.

***(*)(*)Owen Van Spall, Eye for Film, 29/06/2012

Features about Amazing Spider-Man, The (12A)

Emma Stone talks The Amazing Spider-Man's Gwen Stacy: interview

Total Film, 20/06/2012

Marc Webb: the latest director caught in Spider-Man's web

Andrew Pulver, The Guardian, 21/06/2012

Amazing Spider Man: Why this is Webb's spider time

John Hiscock, The Telegraph, 22/06/2012

Rhys Ifans on The Amazing Spider-Man's The Lizard

Total Film, 25/06/2012

Marc Webb on directing The Amazing Spider-Man: interview

Total film, 02/07/2012

Andrew Garfield on The Amazing Spider-Man: interview

Total Film, 03/07/2012

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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