Spider-Man 2

  • PG
  • Sam Raimi (2004)
  • US
  • 122 min
Spider-Man 2
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Film Review
Reviewed By
4 out of 5

With the reluctant hero's origins covered in the first movie, a sequel offered returning director Sam Raimi the chance to have some real fun. And that's exactly what he does, harnessing advances in technology to deliver a fantasy adventure that's slicker and more stylish than its predecessor. Two years after events in the original, Tobey Maguire's web-slinger is struggling to cope with the responsibilities his powers bring, a task complicated by the appearance of multi-tentacled villain Doctor Octopus (Alfred Molina). A more complex adversary than Willem Dafoe's hammy Green Goblin, Doc Ock's physical clashes with Spider-Man are the film's highlights - unfortunately, he's underused, as the action often takes second place to sentimentality. While the focus on Spidey's feelings for Mary Jane (Kirsten Dunst) adds emotional depth, it also dilutes the adrenaline-rush excitement. Quibbles aside, however, the feature's still the most solid of the Spidey movies, with the wit, charm and imagination to satisfy the fussiest of fans.

Plot Summary

Fantasy action sequel starring Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst and Alfred Molina. Two years after walking away from his sweetheart Mary Jane, Peter Parker is struggling to balance his dual identities as a college student and mysterious superhero Spider-Man. He finds his life further complicated by the appearance of multi-tentacled villain Doctor Octopus...

Cast and crew


Peter Parker / Spider-Man
Tobey Maguire
Mary Jane Watson
Kirsten Dunst
Doc Ock / Dr Otto Octavius
Alfred Molina
Harry Osborn
James Franco
May Parker
Rosemary Harris
Rosalie Octavius
Donna Murphy
J Jonah Jameson
J K Simmons
Betty Brant
Elizabeth Banks (2)
Snooty usher
Bruce Campbell
John Jameson
Daniel Gillies
Dr Curt Connors
Dylan Baker
Joseph "Robbie" Robertson
Bill Nunn
Ted Raimi
Ben Parker
Cliff Robertson
Norman Osborn
Willem Dafoe
Mr Ditkovich
Elya Baskin
Daniel Dae Kim
Man dodging debris
Stan Lee


Sam Raimi

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
Columbia TriStar
Violence and swearing.
Available on video, DVD and BluRay
Released 16 Jul 2004
Certificate PG