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    The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Review Roundup: Should Moviegoers Swing Into Theaters to See It?

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    The wait is almost over!

    The highly anticipated sequel, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, is set to hit theaters Friday.

    Directed by Marc Webb, the flick stars Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Paul Giamatti, Sally Field, Chris Cooper, Denis Leary, Dane DeHaan and Martin Sheen.

    Here is a sampling of what the critics are saying (you know, to help you decide whether to see it or not):

    Oh, who are we kidding? You probably already bought your ticket.

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    • "It's a Marvel spectacle that manages to deftly balance razzle-dazzle, feel-it-in-your-gut slingshot moments of flight and believable human relationships," writes Entertainment Weekly's Chris Nashawaty. "There's psychological weight to go with all of the gravity-defying, webslinging weightlessness."

    • "The plot gets itself tangled up in multiple villain strands, but in the main this installment is emotionally weightier and more satisfying than its predecessor," says Leslie Felperin of the Hollywood Reporter.

    • "Redundancy remains a problem, but this overlong superhero sequel gets by on sound, fury and star chemistry," notes Variety's Guy Lodge.

    • "Spider-Man is back, bigger and slightly better—but only slightly, and with too much emphasis on 'bigger," opines The Wrap's James Rocchi, who adds, "Too many villains and too many climaxes overwhelm the simpler pleasures of this superhero sequel."

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    • "Frantic and rote by turns, mislaying the power of the central love story and piling on the mutant adversaries. For at least this installment, Spider-Man is Amazing no more," argues Richard Corliss of Time Magazine.

    • "Pretty enjoyable, almost entirely due to the enchanting chemistry between Andrew Garfield's Peter Parker/Spider-Man and Emma Stone's Gwen Stacy," writes Moira MacDonald of The Seattle Times.

    • "This reboot-sequel with not all that much reason to exist turns out to be about half of a pretty good movie, and generally entertaining throughout," shares Salon.com's Andrew O'Hehir. "Strip away the villains, and the stuntmen, and the whooshing 3-D effects, and Spider-Man 2 is irresistible."

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