Spider-Man 3


Spider-Man 3

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Though there are more characters and plotlines, and the action sequences still dazzle, Spider-Man 3 nonetheless isn't quite as refined as the first two.



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Your friendly neighborhood web-slinger is back, only this time his sunny outlook has become partially overcast in the third chapter of director Sam Raimi's Spider-Man saga. Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, and James Franco return to reprise their roles from the previous two installments, with Thomas Haden Church, Topher Grace, and Bryce Dallas Howard making their first appearances in the series as Flint Marko (aka Sandman), Eddie Brock (aka Venom), and Gwen Stacy, respectively. Peter Parker (Maguire) has finally leaned to walk the middle ground between being the superhero that his city needs and the man that Mary Jane (Dunst) loves. All is well in New York City until one night, as Peter and M.J. sit gazing at the stars, a falling comet streams across the sky and crashes into the ground close by. But this isn't any ordinary shooting star, and upon impact the mysterious space rock is split open to reveal a shape-shifting symbiote with the power to overtake anything that it comes into contact with. Later, as Harry Osborn (James Franco) acquires his late father's flying board, engineers a powerful new Goblin outfit, and takes to the sky to avenge dad's death, the mysterious space sludge infects both Peter's Spider-Man suit and ambitious street photographer Eddie Brock (Grace). Peter's strange new suit gives him a newfound sense of power as it gradually overpowers his personality, and he discovers that escaped convict Flint Marko was in fact the man responsible for the death of Uncle Ben (Cliff Robertson). Unfortunately for Peter, Marko has recently acquired the power to morph at will and quickly completes his transformation into the dreaded Sandman. As the Sandman gives in to his darkest criminal instincts and the slithering space symbiote transforms Eddie Brock into the nightmarish fanged villain known as Venom, the citizens of New York City must once again call on Spider-Man to fend off destructive forces that are far too powerful for the likes of mortal man. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi


Tobey Maguire
as Peter Parker/Spider-Man
Kirsten Dunst
as Mary Jane Watson
James Franco
as Harry Osborn/New Goblin
Thomas Haden Church
as Flint Marko/Sandman
Topher Grace
as Eddie Brock/Venom
Rosemary Harris
as Aunt May Parker
J.K. Simmons
as J. Jonah Jameson
James Cromwell
as Captain Stacy
Theresa Russell
as Emma Marko
Dylan Baker
as Dr. Curt Connors
Elizabeth Banks
as Betty Brant
Bruce Campbell
as Maitre d'
Emma Raimi
as Girl With Camera
Lorne Raimi
as Boy at the Final Battle No. 1
Henry Raimi
as Boy at the Final Battle No. 2
Samantha Ressler
as Girl At The Final Battle
Alan Cohn
as Jazz Club Musician
Dan Callahan
as Jazz Club Musician
Carol Chaikin
as Jazz Club Musician
Dan Cummings
as Jazz Club Musician
Vance Hammond
as Jazz Club Musician
Bill Nunn
as Joseph `Robbie' Robertson
Marc Vann
as Play Producer
Joe Bays
as Jazz Club Manager
Gregg L. Daniel
as Precinct Detective
Rogelio T. Ramos
as Emergency Room Doctor
Timothy Patrick Quill
as Crane Operator
Bill E. Rogers
as New Jersey State Policeman No. 1
Mike Alexander
as New Jersey State Policeman No. 2
April D. Parker
as Test Site Technician No. 1
Sonya Maddox
as ICU Nurse
Andre B. Blake
as Crane Disaster Radio Policeman
Derrick Thomas
as Cop At Crane Disaster
Jessi Collins
as Mary Jane's Replacement
Michael McLaughlin
as Boy at Key to the City Ceremony
Anne Gartland
as Councilwoman
Keith Woulard
as Policeman at Sand Truck No. 2
Reynaldo Gellegos
as Armored Car Driver
Jim Coope
as Newsstand Patron No. 1
Dean Edwards
as Newsstand Patron No. 2
Margaret Laney
as Newsstand Patron No. 3
Toni Wynne
as Congratulatory Woman At Daily Bugle
Aimee Miles
as Coffee Shop Waitress
Tanya Sinovec
as Jazz Club Waitress
Ted Raimi
as Hoffman
Christina Cindrich
as Test Site Technician No. 5
Emilio Rivera
as Policeman at Sand Truck No. 1
Ron King
as Jazz Club Musician
Stan Lee
as Man In Times Square
Michael Papajohn
as Dennis Carradine/Carjacker
Joe Manganiello
as Flash Thompson
Menachem Mendel Boymelgreen
as Kid in Times Square
Nasir Stewart
as Kid In Times Square
Austin Hendrickson
as Kid In Times Square
Taylor Hemhauser
as Kid In Times Square
Kathryn Bryding
as Woman Outside Theater
Joe Virzi
as Police Detective
Tim De Zarn
as Philip Watson
Edward Padilla
as Test Site Technician No. 2
Robert Curtis Brown
as Test Site Technician No. 3
Paul Terrell Clayton
as Test Site Technician No. 4
Carolyn Neff
as Test Site Technician No. 5
Cliff Robertson
as Uncle Ben Parker
Elya Baskin
as Mr. Ditkovitch
John Paxton
as Houseman
Becky Ann Baker
as Mrs. Stacy
Steve Valentine
as Photographer
Mark Kubr
as Jazz Club Bouncer
Tim Maculan
as Play Director
Hal Fishman
as Anchorman
Lucy Gordon
as Jennifer Dugan
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Critic Reviews for Spider-Man 3

All Critics (256) | Top Critics (57) | Fresh (160) | Rotten (96)

  • At 141 minutes, this supe-opera is seriously overextended, with four distinct subplots and way too much hand-wringing over things like the heroine's singing career.

    Oct 18, 2008 | Full Review…

    Bob Mondello

    Top Critic
  • Too many villains, too many pale plot strands, too many romantic misunderstandings, too many conversations, too many street crowds looking high into the air and shouting "oooh!" this way, then swiveling and shouting "aaah!" that way.

    Nov 16, 2007 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • Notwithstanding a cute scene in which Peter enlists suave maitre d' Bruce Campbell to help him propose to Mary Jane, director Sam Raimi's juggling of the comedy and the action is unusually flat-footed.

    May 5, 2007 | Rating: B-
  • Raimi at least manages to make it both huge and human.

    May 4, 2007
  • After two epic successes that deserved their success, the latest installment swings between intense action sequences and unaccountably flat dramatic interludes.

    May 4, 2007 | Full Review…
  • One has to consider that the film's problems -- and they are numerous -- may be the product of the franchise's runaway popularity.

    May 4, 2007 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Spider-Man 3

  • Oct 15, 2017
    Hard to believe it's been 10 years since this movie came out. I remember all the hype after the tremendous success of 1 and 2. This movie is actually fine, if you cut 25 or 30 minutes from it. Take out some of the goofy humor, the odd, depressing scenes with Mary Jane (she is a real downer in this movie) and some strange scenes when black Spidey emerges. He acts like a very awkward jerk during this short phase. However, Sandman is great, Venom is fine, and young Goblin is pretty good too, especially the battle royale at the end. Well done. The CGI is overdone in this one, and the long battles at the start with Spidey and Harry are a little silly. This one simply could not live up to the hype, but if they had cut this one down 20 minutes, it would be nearly as good as 1 and 2, and with lots of bad guys and action scenes. Plus, Stern released Spider-Man pinball in 2007 and I love that game!
    Mark H Super Reviewer
  • Jul 12, 2017
    Ah, the Spider-Man film that nearly ruined the franchise, Spider-Man 3. Like the previous two films, there's a tremendous amount of nostalgia attached to this film for me. This was the first trilogy of superhero films that I connected with, and at 13 years-old I was willing to forgive many of the mistakes this film made, most of which I cannot forgive a decade later. Only a few films have tried balancing more than one villain, Spider-Man 3 being the classic example of how not to do it. Apparently, the studio forced Venom on Sam Raimi and hence making Harry & Sandman's arc far less effective when the final act is bogged down by a silly attempt at bringing Venom to the big screen. None of the three villains are all that great, but there's at least some emotional undercurrent with both Sandman and Harry. Venom is, more or less, just a third act reveal that is meant to please fans. Only, it did the exact opposite. Another thing that definitely didn't win over fans was the fact that this film made Peter Parker an absolute jerk. It's one thing to have the symbiote change Peter, but it's another thing to have him physically abuse Mary Jane, and nearly kill his best friend Harry multiple times. This was far from the Peter Parker we came to love in the first two films. Another headache was the direction they took Harry Osborn. Having him get "hit in the head" and lose his memory for half the film was one of the stupidest and laziest decisions I can remember from a comic-book film. I don't mind having Harry go the villainous route, but the memory loss was all a bit of a headache. There is good, however. Raimi, as he proved in the first two, is great at shooting high-scale action. The CGI is definitely dated when looking back on it after 10 years, but the action is as visceral as anything in any Spider-Man film to date. Yes, that includes 'Homecoming'. If only the dialogue surrounding the action could match the brutality. I also think Thomas Haden-Church's performance as Sandman is nothing to scoff at, reminding me of the character depth that made Doc Ock so memorable. At the end of the day, Raimi was trying to give us a Spider-Man film that dealt with bigger and more important personal issues, whether that worked for you or not is entirely up to the viewer. I think if Raimi had the tools that filmmakers have now (improved CGI) and perhaps a little less studio interference, then Spider-Man 3 could be a much better end to the trilogy than it ended up being. There's plenty I can't forgive about this film, especially the infamous 'dancing in the street' sequence, but I don't think it's anywhere near as bad as people make it out to be. +Action +Deals with real issues -But is sometimes careless in its execution -3 villains proved to be way too much -Memory loss for Harry 5.8/10
    Thomas D Super Reviewer
  • Apr 13, 2016
    Spider-Man 3 is definitely the weakest in the trilogy. Despite saying that I actually enjoyed this movie. Yes this film is messy but it doesn't make it a boring movie. Tobey once again is great as the character of Peter Parker/Spider-Man. And all the cast from the previous films are fantastic as ever but it also introduces us to some new characters. Topher Grace as Eddie Brock, I really despise this character I feel like he's poorly written and wasn't a good choice to play this character. Bryce Dallas Howard as Gwen Stacy is okay and thats pretty much where it stops for me she is in the grey area for me. However Thomas Hayden Church as Sandman/Flint Marco was great! He has a heartfelt story with his daughter and I think he's a really good villain however he is kind of underutilized I felt since there's an overubandance of villains. So far the negatives I have are Topher Grace and Eddie, overubandance of villains and subplots, some poorly done CGI work, shoehorned Venom and last but not least the Emo dancing Peter Parker..... Looking past the flaws Spider-Man 3 is a fun movie that has some good aspects to it and it concludes the trilogy fairly well despite being quite rocky.
    Diyar G Super Reviewer
  • Mar 31, 2016
    And of course the rumor of three good movies in the franchise was not true. We have two incredible movies and then we have this one. It's definitely the lesser of the three and that says a lot, because its predecessors we're fantastic. The movie struggles to find out what it's really about and we get a movie filled with too many villains that doesn't get enough screentime, and maybe some of them shouldn't have had any at all. The acting is a little edgy this time around, but I think that's because of the script and the constant rewriting of it. It bugs me a little, because this could have easily been the definitive "Spider-Man" if Raimi had just removed some things from the movie and maybe added a couple of more good lines to the script.
    Lasse G Super Reviewer

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