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‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2’ Caught in Web of Mixed Reviews

It looks like Andrew Garfield’s Peter Parker isn’t just battling villains in “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” — he’s also facing the worst reviews of any Spider-Man pic as the film gears up for its opening weekend in the U.S. 

With a current rating of 56 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, the film has already fallen far behind its predecessor (which held a 73 percent rating on the site) as well all three movies in Sam Raimi’s original live action “Spider-Man” franchise starring Tobey Maguire. 

So far, the critics have had mixed reviews for the Spidey sequel. Variety‘s Guy Lodge noted Garfield’s welcomed contributions of “wiry charm and a streak of goofy humor” in his interpretation of Parker, but still maintained that the film is “less successful” than 2012’s “The Amazing Spider-Man.”

Leslie Felperin of The Hollywood Reporter acknowledged that the film’s plot “gets itself tangled up in multiple villain strands,” but still deemed it “emotionally weightier and more satisfying than its predecessor.” 

Indiewire’s Oliver Lyttelton also pointed out discrepancies between helmer Marc Webb’s two films and asserted that the new installment “manages to undo some of the good qualities of the original.”

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While the impact of these reviews on the domestic B.O. remains to be seen, the sequel grossed nearly $5.5 million on its opening day in four overseas markets and scored the largest single opening-day gross this year in each of the debut territories. “The Amazing Spider-Man” grossed over $752 million globally in 2012.

Sony’s “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” swings into U.S. theaters May 2.

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