Conclusion: Spider-Man 2 is, in essence, the perfect sequel, following to a "T" that old adage that says the finest sequels simply take the best of the original and improve upon it. It may have been outdone in the years to follow by films that managed to be more purely entertaining or more dramatically...
Excerpt: “Spider-Man 2” has the luxury of not only being the most profitable movie of the year (to date), but also one of the most critically acclaimed. Additionally you don’t need a spider sense to know that the suits at Coulmbia/Tri-Star must be loving life.
Conclusion: This isn't Peter Porker of Spider-Ham fame. There's no pig to be found in this parade, nothing that can be made the subject of ridicule in the future...except James Franco's performance, back when he didn't know how to act.
Summary: Sam Raimi and the whole Spidey-gang return for a triumphant sequel that is as good as if not better than the original, at once progressing the story and celebrating everything that brought it to the screen in the first place.
Excerpt: With this installment of the webby saga, Raimi ups the ante with a fresh palette of dazzling visual effects and a script that deepens Peter Parker's budding angst. If there's a misstep here, it's that Parker and his beloved Mary Jane are given one too many scenes of unfulfilled love.
Excerpt: First of all, Spider-Man 2 is a sequel which does assume that you�ve seen the original. So does this review, which contains spoilers for the earlier film. Even so, there�s a brief reprise of the major events of the first Spider-Man in comic-strip form during the opening credits.
Excerpt: Spider-Man 2 is like stepping right back in to a familiar friend. It’s not so much a new movie as just a continuation of the original, a visit back into a world which really hasn’t changed so much, for which we’re all the better.