Spider-Man | Chicago Reader


Marvel Comics' wildly popular superhero was tailor-made for teenagers: his alter ego, Peter Parker, was a high school student plagued by the usual guilt, sexual jealousy, and self-doubt. Directed by Sam Raimi (The Evil Dead, et al), this 2002 blockbuster offers several kinetic and exciting chase scenes, and Tobey Maguire is charming as the insecure superhero. Unfortunately the film, like many of its ilk, is driven by special effects, and there's a serious disconnect between Maguire's sweet-natured dialogue and Spider-Man's pounding violence and stunning acrobatic work. Willem Dafoe costars as the evil father figure, harboring his own secret identity as the villainous Green Goblin; Kirsten Dunst is the marginally troubled love interest; and the fine TV actor J.K. Simmons (Oz, Law & Order) chews the scenery as tabloid editor J. Jonah Jameson. 121 min.



  • Sam Raimi


  • Tobey Maguire
  • Willem Dafoe
  • Kirsten Dunst
  • James Franco
  • Cliff Robertson
  • Rosemary Harris
  • J.K. Simmons
  • Joe Manganiello
  • Gerry Becker
  • Bill Nunn
  • Jack Betts
  • Stanley Anderson
  • Ron Perkins


  • David Koepp


  • Ian Bryce
  • Laura Ziskin
  • Avi Arad
  • Stan Lee
  • Grant Curtis

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