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Early Review Roundup: 'The Amazing Spider-Man' Soars on Teenage Emotion, Aimed at Women?

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood June 20, 2012 at 12:23PM

The Guardian and the Telegraph published first reviews for "The Amazing Spider Man" today, both generally positive and citing the film's unusual amount of emotional appeal, largely due to the the cute-hot chemistry between leads Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone. Excerpts and links below.
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Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield in "The Amazing Spider-Man"
Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield in "The Amazing Spider-Man"

The Guardian and the Telegraph published first reviews for "The Amazing Spider-Man" today, both generally positive and citing the film's unusual amount of emotional appeal, largely due to the the cute-hot chemistry between leads Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone. Excerpts and links below.

The Telegraph also notes the film's copious "soul-searching and lip-biting," and boldly states director Marc Webb has created "the first superhero movie aimed primarily at women." Women like lip-biting? Naming this the "Spider-Man" For Women could be a genius marketing angle if women were indeed the largest fan demographic of nerdy Peter Parker and the role's newcomer Garfield -- but are they?

Andrew Pulver, The Guardian:

"It's the successul synthesis of the two – action and emotion – that means this Spider-Man is as enjoyable as it is impressive: Webb's control of mood and texture is near faultless as his film switches from teenage sulks to exhilarating airborne pyrotechnics. It's only towards the end, when there is no choice but to revert to CGI – as Rhys Ifans' Lizard goes on the rampage – that 'The Amazing Spider-Man' gets a little less amazing: cartoony reptilian carnage has just lost its power to enthral if it's rather obviously happening inside a computer."

Robbie Collin, The Telegraph:

"Then there’s his needle-sharp young girlfriend, Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone), who wants to get under his skin even more than that radioactive arachnid did; find out what it is that makes his Spidey-senses tingle. Amid all of the soul-searching and lip-biting, it suddenly struck me: Webb has created the first superhero movie aimed primarily at women.

"Ever since Twilight tipped off Hollywood to the spending power of girls and their mothers, a range of increasingly expensive films aimed at that audience has materialised. Perhaps it was only a matter of time before a superhero suited up with them in mind, although it remains to be seen how die-hard Spider-fans will react to their hero courting a different – some would say rival – demographic."

"The Amazing Spider-Man" releases July 3.

This article is related to: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, The Amazing Spider-Man, Reviews


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.