The Amazing Spider-Man

Movie review by S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 12+

Action-packed series reboot has lots to offer Spidey fans.

PG-13 2012 138 minutes

Parents say

age 11+

Based on 53 reviews

Kids say

age 10+

Based on 214 reviews

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age 11+

It’s amazing just like the amazing Spider-Man!

I think that it was less intense than the first spider-man and that Andrew Garfield’s acting was “amazing” (funny also).

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
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age 12+

Wait till it's on netflix or redbox or huluplus.

I found the movie cheesy at times, but of course Martin Sheen and Sally Fields brought their skills to the screen in a way that made the movie interesting for me. My children (15, 14, 12) LOVED the movie. LOVED it. Being thrifty, though, I didn't get enough out of it to merit the money. There wasn't much that my children wanted to talk about afterwards. There are a couple of things that I will bring up with them in the days to come, though: I was bothered that Peter dissed the police officer when he was caught webbing up a car thief. I think all of us should show respect to the hard-working police officers that keep our communities safe, and I don't appreciate them being portrayed as buffoons. I was also tremendously bothered about the last line: the best promises are the ones you don't keep. I understand that he said this to let Gwen know that he is going to stay in her life; however, if he's going to break the promise to her dying father there should have been some screen time devoted to how he thought that through or arrived at that conclusion. It was incongruous to find this in such a black-and-white movie. Would a superhero really break his promise?

This title has:

Too much violence
1 person found this helpful.

Movie Details

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