Parents' Guide to

The Amazing Spider-Man

By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

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

Movie PG-13 2012 138 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 11+

Based on 55 parent reviews

age 12+

Shirtless woman on the subway

When Peter first gets bit, he accidentally rips a girls shirt off on a subway exposing a bright pink bra. She is exposed throughout the rest of that scene.
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” (also funny ).

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (55 ):
Kids say (216 ):

Director Marc Webb brings a realism to the proceedings that's hard not to like in this superhero reboot. He lingers on the teen romance, which is delightful, and serves up thrilling action sequences without the show-off-y quality that too many superhero movies rely on. One gripe worth airing is about Spider-Man's nemesis: The Lizard seems scary enough, but not so scary as to be a worthy opponent. This Spidey wants to show off, as a teen encountering new powers would, and he deserved a proper fight.

Let's be honest, though: The Spider-Man franchise didn't really need a reboot. Sure, the third film of the last set, which featured the wonderful Tobey Maguire in the titular role, was a bit disappointing, but overall the series was a crowd-pleaser in many ways. So is there any reason to love this new outing, which treads over much of the same backstory as previous films did? Well, yes. Garfield brings a different but equally fantastic energy to the role; his Peter has a skater-on-the-fringes angst that's not emo and not super-boyish (like Maguire) but still perfect for a teenage superhero. He's antsy and curious and very charming. And it helps differentiate The Amazing Spider-Man from previous movies that Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone), not Mary Jane Watson, is Peter/Spidey's love interest here.

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