The first film in director Sam Raimi's trilogy shattered box office reviews, earning an unheard of $114 million its first weekend alone.
Critics, naturally, thought it would be a hard act to follow.
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The Amazing Spider-Man revisits Peter Parker's origin story, but this time opens with the child Peter and his parents, who, after a break-in at their house endangering Dad's scientific secrets, rush Peter over to Uncle Ben and Aunt May's house for safekeeping.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, The Amazing Spider-Man, based on Stan Lee's 50 year old comic book, is expected to earn between $110 to $120 million this weekend as glowing testimonies come in.
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In terms of Grades, Entertainment Weekly's film critic Lisa Schwarzbaum gave the 2012 film an A+.
Schwarzbaum reported she was 'bitten with pleasure,' adding the reboot is more centred on 'human relations' than the special effects that dominated Spider-Man 2002.
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The Los Angeles Time's Kenneth Turan liked Spider-Man 2002 well enough, but didn't approve of the love story between Peter Parker and Mary Jane dominating the film. 'It's that rare cartoon movie in which the villain is less involving than the love story,' he said.
Turan also reviewed the reboot and had much more positive things to say - at least up to a point.
'The new superhero movie is at its best,' he said, adding, 'it's too long and sometimes dips below 'amazing'.'
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Unlike Turan, however, Travers preferred the original.
'Maguire and Dunst keep Spider-Man on a high with their sweet-sexy yearning, spinning a web of dazzle and delicacy that might just restore the good name of movie escapism,' he said of the original.
Though he liked the reboot well enough, he said it was unnecessary. 'It's very similar to the last Spidey franchise,' he wrote. 'Am I saying The Amazing Spider-Man is bad? No. I'm just saying, 'why did we need it?''