"...The filmmakers have succeeded in rejuvenating the character while staying faithful to his roots....Mr. Maguire seems at once knowing and vulnerable..."
New York Times
"...SPIDER-MAN, an adventure in vicarious acrobatic daredevilry, has been excitingly staged by director Sam Raimi..."
"...The actors seem to be having as good a time as we are....Maguire and Dunst keep SPIDER-MAN on a high with their sweet-sexy yearning, spinning a web of dazzle and delicacy..."
"...Chemistry between Maguire and the winning Dunst is excellent....[A] standout supporting turn is served up by J.K. Simmons, who brilliantly catches his pieces' comic book origins..."
"...Raimi does know his genre and has a lot of fun with the always gratifying makeover element....[Maguire] seems the only choice to play Peter, imbuing the character with intelligence, sensitivity, affability, strength, humor and edginess..."
"...SPIDER-MAN is full of deftly handled small moments and characters..."
Sight and Sound
"...Kirsten Dunst is effective as the conflicted Mary Jane....Willem Dafoe has fun with a Jekyll-and-Hyde character..."