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Rated PG-13 · 139 minutes · 2007

Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Once more Sam Raimi is directing Stan Lee and Steve Ditko's comic-book creation, and you can almost feel his fatigue. Somewhere between that first joyous woo-hoo and this movie, Raimi and the revolving door of writers became too enamored of making Spider-Man movies in which the hero is but a bit player. And the franchise's heartfelt earnestness -- its calling card -- now feels forced. The relationship between Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire) and Mary Jane Watson (Kirsten Dunst) has ground to a standstill; that passionate upside-down, rain-soaked kiss from the first film feels like a thousand movies ago. It's just all so . . . Fantastic Four -- so dopey and forgettable. The interesting villains have been replaced by computer-generated leftovers, chief among them Thomas Haden Church's Flint Marko, a felon whose shape is shifted by an atom-scrambler that renders him the Sandman, and Venom, who's really just alien goo that inhabits Eddie Brock (a wasted Topher Grace), Peter's rival at The Daily Bugle. Venom -- like every other character fighting for face time in an overplotted picture -- is barely in the film, here only so he and Sandman can face off with lil' Goblin (James Franco) and Spidey in a finale so slapdash and silly, it wouldn't even pass muster in a comic book.
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Director: Sam Raimi
Writer: Ivan Raimi, Sam Raimi and Alvin Sargent
Producer: Avi Arad, Grant Curtis, Laura Ziskin, Stan Lee, Joseph Caracciolo and Kevin Feige
Cast: Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, James Franco, Thomas Church, Topher Grace, Bryce Howard, Rosemary Harris, J.K. Simmons, James Cromwell, Theresa Russell, Dylan Baker, Bill Nunn, Bruce Campbell, Elizabeth Banks, Ted Raimi, Perla Haney-Jardine, Willem Dafoe and Cliff Robertson


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