• Spider-Man (2002)


Release Date: May 3rd, 2002

DVD Release Date: November 1st, 2002

PG-13 |1 hr 56 min

Plot Summary

"Spider-Man" centers on student Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire) who, after being bitten by a genetically-altered spider, gains superhuman strength and the spider-like ability to cling to any surface. He vows to use his abilities to fight crime, coming to understand the words of his beloved Uncle Ben: "With great power comes great responsibility."

Cast: Tobey Maguire, Willem Dafoe, Kirsten Dunst, James Franco, Cliff Robertson, Rosemary Harris, J.K. Simmons, Joe Manganiello

Director: Sam Raimi

Genres: Action , Fantasy

Production Co: Marvel Films, Laura Ziskin Productions

Distributors: Columbia Pictures

Keywords: Amusing, Growing up, Girlfriend, Love, Brash, 2000s

Ratings & Reviews

  • 88
    Jack MathewsNew York Daily News

    Spider-Man is an almost-perfect extension of the experience of reading comic-book adventures.

  • 80
    Joe MorgensternWall Street Journal

    Every action adventure needs a memorable villain, but no movie needs the strident intensity of Mr. Dafoe, who either has no interest in, or no grasp of, the sort of charmingly malign wit that Gene Hackman brought to "Superman," or Jack Nicholson to "Batman."

  • 80
    Kirk HoneycuttThe Hollywood Reporter

    The film feels contained — its design, visual effects and cinematography all in the right balance and proportion. Spider-Man is the hero, and not some element in the filmmaking process. show more

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Nominated Achievement in Special Visual Effects
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2003)
Nominated Visual Effects
Nominated Sound