Chicago Sun-Times - 06/28/2012 3.5 stars out of 4 -- "This is a more thoughtful film, and its action scenes are easier to follow in space and time....[The story] provides better reasons for why Peter Parker throws himself into his superhero role."
Los Angeles Times - 07/02/2012
"Having an actor of this high level of ability goes a long way toward making the implausible plausible, and Garfield also brings an interesting whiff of James Dean-type teen anguish to the role..."
Box Office - 06/27/2012
"[With] several gorgeous setpieces....It's his journey -- not his destination -- that makes this reboot worth the ride."
USA Today - 07/01/2012 3 stars out of 4 -- "As a new chapter in the superpowered arachnid saga, it stands on its own quite nicely, focusing more on human emotions than on a panoply of special effects."
Wall Street Journal - 07/05/2012
"[T]here's plenty of fancy action to appreciate....Spidey's webslinging has been upgraded to spectacular laserlike marksmanship."
Total Film - 08/01/2012 4 stars out of 5 -- "[T]here's a satisfying thwack to the set-pieces. Parker's practice flights bruise; a sewer scrap with the Lizard scars; a lab encounter with another mutation shocks."
Entertainment Weekly - 07/13/2012
"THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN may be the first big-ticket, big-budget, big-action-sequence comic-book movie that doubles as lilting coming-of-age indie." -- Grade: A-
Movieline - 07/02/2012
"[W]hat THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN does have is a pair of extremely charismatic leads in Garfield and Stone..."
Sight and Sound - 09/01/2012
"THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN arguably represents the most lithe, vital and emotionally potent rendering of the superhero to date."