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Spider-Man 3

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for sequences of intense action violence

Reviewed by: Taran Gingery

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Teens, Adults
Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller, Crime Fighter, Sequel, Superhero
2 hr. 20 min.
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USA Release:
May 4, 2007 (wide—4,000 theaters)
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Spiders in the Bible

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Featuring: Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, James Franco, Thomas Haden Church, Topher Grace, Bryce Dallas Howard, James Cromwell, Rosemary Harris
Director: Sam Raimi
Spider-Man” / “The Evil Dead”
Producer: Avi Arad, Stan Lee, Joseph M. Caracciolo, Jr.
Distributor: Sony Pictures Releasing

Reviews available for the prequels to this movie: Spider-Man (2002) and Spider-Man 2 (2004)

“How long can any man fight the darkness… before he finds it in himself?”

“Spider-Man 3,” assuming that some may have forgotten the previous movies, creatively mixes a collage of the events of “Spider-Man” and “Spider-Man 2” into the opening credits, then wastes no time in getting into the story quickly. Peter Parker’s (Tobey Maguire) situation has improved since the last film. His schoolwork is successful, he is still keeping a steady job at the Daily Bugle, and he plans to propose to Mary Jane Watson (Kirsten Dunst). Only his friendship with Harry Osborn (James Franco) seems to have reached an all-time low, as Harry takes it upon himself to take over the role of the Goblin and make Peter’s life miserable. Then, three things happen.

First, Peter discovers that the murderer of his uncle is still at large and furthermore, a freak accident has turned this fugitive, Flint Marko (Thomas Haden Church), into a man made out of sand with the ability to manipulate the element into any shape. Consumed with thoughts of revenge, Peter is attacked by a strange substance from space called the Symbiote which feeds on his anger and aggression and unleashes the darkest side of Spider-Man. Elsewhere, Eddie Brock (Topher Grace), Peter’s competition at the Bugle, is determined to bring Spider-Man down, and is himself touched by the Symbiote and becomes Venom, a terrifying creature intent on the destruction of our hero.

The Good:

The special effects are astounding, and in many places, surpass anything you have seen in the previous movies. The transformation of Flint Marko into the Sandman alone is worth seeing on the big-screen, as are a terrific skyscraper rescue, a battle on a subway train, and an electrifying final showdown between Spider-Man, Sandman, Venom, and Harry. The returning actors do well, with Dunst and Franco shining the most. For the newcomers, Haden Church is particularly good as Flint Marko, playing him with a calm sense of sadness, and Bryce Dallas Howard, looking beautiful as blond Gwen Stacy, does well at what she is required to do.

As far as morals go, that is the strongest thing about “Spider-Man 3” and all of the films in this series. Although, throughout this film, I found it harder to identify with Peter as I had earlier, this one still has plenty of important messages. Most important is the theme of revenge. The Symbiote fed on the feelings in Peter’s heart and helped transform him into something that he wasn’t, but that anger and hatred was already there for it to grab on to. Romans 12:21 says, “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” Peter is at first overcome by evil as he decides not to leave vengeance in the hands of those who have the right to deal it (he is told that we, as humans, do not have the right to deal out death), but he is able to fight off his inner demons, and try to overcome the evil in his enemies by “doing good” or trying to help them.

Forgiveness is also a strong theme. At first, an angry Peter shouts at a villain, “If you want forgiveness, get religion.” But later, Peter is told that we have to be able to forgive others if we want to be able to forgive ourselves. Jesus told us something similar in Mark 11:25, “If you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you.” Eventually, in the film’s most powerful moments, two major characters are able to take that step and do what takes the most courage to do: forgive and repent. Another honorable theme is the idea that we must put our spouses before ourselves.

The villains themselves are not archetypal villains trying to take over the world, as they did in “Superman Returns,” “Batman Begins,” or “Fantastic Four,” any more than the Green Goblin or Doc Ock were. Flint Marko is merely a man trying to do the right thing for his loved ones, and in the process, he commits terrible sins. The important thing is that with every step of his life, he regrets his past deeds and would do anything to take them back again. Eddie Brock is man consumed by jealousy, and in the end, humiliated and broken, he (a Catholic) begs God to take Spider-Man out of his life. Instead, the Spider becomes even more a part of it as he tears off the Symbiote and unknowingly passes it on to Eddie who, instead of fighting it, allows it to consume him totally, to wallow in his rage and greed. Harry Osborn is a man torn by grief and a thirst for revenge, but even he has a choice to take the path of good or evil and in the end, he is forced to take a stand on the side of his father or on the side of what is right.

The Bad:

Morally, there is nothing to condemn in this film. No one sleeps with anyone else. However, there are several things which I must mention. First, Peter’s character is troubling, as he allows the Symbiote, as well as his feelings, to take over. He becomes, as my fellow viewer put it, “totally emo,” a look which does not suit him, and becomes rude, crass, and even promiscuous, as he sways his hips and makes pelvic thrusts on the sidewalk. At one point he dances sensually with Gwen Stacy and then jumps on the tables in a bar and dances some more. However, the film uses these to show how not to act.

Elsewhere, various characters share kisses, some passionate, some much shorter. Several characters make mild sexual jokes, and an innuendo is made on Peter’s last name. There are some mild profanities uttered, as well as several misuses of God’s name.

Violence is unfortunately more so than the other films, with several violent encounters, including a brutal fistfight between Peter and Harry, and a “grab him and smash him against the walls and hurl him through windows” brawl with both Harry and later the Sandman. The Sandman, in his sandy form, smashes a few policemen, with very brief blood. Harry is bloodied many times, ends up in the hospital with many bandages and finally has a bomb explode in his face, leaving him horribly scarred. A character is killed in an explosion. Another character is impaled on two spikes and dies on screen (no blood). Peter sees the shooting of his uncle several times in flashback, also no blood. Peter knocks Mary Jane to the ground at one point.


That said, “Spider-Man 3” feels at many times less fun and more serious and mature than the first two films, although it does feature many exciting action sequences. Yet, in spite of all of its shortcomings, including brutal comic book violence and scenes of Parker as a bad boy and womanizer, “Spider-Man 3” still contains many important, necessary, and universal themes that every teenager should understand. Of course, the PG-13 rating should be taken very seriously. Yet, I still recommend this film to all adult and older teenage fans of Spider-Man with wisdom to discern the important messages as well as enjoy the special effects and action in this very different, but still familiar third installment of the franchise.

Violence: Heavy / Profanity: Mild / Sex/Nudity: Moderate

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Viewer Comments
Comments below:
Positive—…It was terrific. The movie has a huge theme about forgiveness woven throughout it. Some people in the audience were let down by this, but nevertheless it endorses a very godly idea. Very clean (as usual). Very edifying. A little campy—but overall very decent, uplifting entertainment.
—Chris Monroe
Positive—I have just seen the movie yesterday here in the Philippines, and I thought it was great. The Spider-man movie has been a diversion from the usual Hollywood stuff and like that. The cinematics were great. Though there is violence (what can you expect from an action film), it was not extreme and tolerable. It was not gory, if they show some blood, it was just a sketch of red or something. I still would not recommend it for very young children, but the violence was filtered. Also, there is no nudity and no sexual connotations (I do not consider nudity the one scene when Peter was on the Bell tower, it was covered up pretty well). The movie also does not focus much on the effects, and its faithfulness to the original “Spider-man.” They focused more on the story and the lessons that the movie wants to impart. That alone is why I rate this movie great.

If “Spider-man 2” is about “with great powers comes with great responsibility,” the third part is about “We have a choice in doing good or not” and about forgiveness and not holding onto revenge.

1. About the choice, I would have preferred that the black suit was the same in the cartoons where Peter does not have a choice to take it off. But they decided to divert from the original to point out the lesson that “we have a choice in us to do the right thing or not.”

2. About forgiveness. I would have preferred a mention of Christ’s forgiveness, but what can you expect from a Hollywood movie. Anyway’s, I really appreciate the theme revolved on this. Harry forgiving Peter. Peter forgiving the one that killed his father. MJ forgiving Peter. The destruction of Brock because of his desire to harbor his bitterness and having the suit to stay amplify his bitterness. When I was watching this scene I was almost in tears—and how the fact that you can use this as a jumping board to the forgiveness of Christ.

I would like to say more of what I learned and what the Lord has made me realize during the movie, but I would go on for hours. But still, I ranked this movie great because of the depth of the movie in its storyline and its lessons it could impart.
My Ratings: Good / 4½
—Eric Rulloda, age 23
Positive—All of the viewer’s comments thus far are precisely what I felt and thought as I watched “Spider-Man 3.” One viewer wished that a mention of Christ could’ve been put into the film, but for me, there was much symbolism that was exceedingly more effective than laconic words could’ve been alone. Before Peter ripped the Venom off his body, the camera lingered on a cross at the top of a church steeple, and for Patriots, as I am myself, a single-second shot of the magnificent American flag covered the silver screen in vibrant colors. Those two scenes were quietly touching to me, and overall, I enjoyed the film.
My Ratings: Better than Average / 4
—Carson, age 25
Positive—My wife and I just saw “Spider-Man 3” and were completely surprised by how much we liked it. I actually found it to be better than the last one. It was funny in parts, riveting and seemed to incorporate a somewhat more human element than the others. Not only were the action scenes intense, but even the relationship issues were intense. The film actually seemed believable, as far as movies based on comics go, and the theme of forgiveness was a welcome backdrop to the story. There were only a few offensive words, including 1 or 2 (h word), and 1 (a word). There were about three very brief kissing scenes, but absolutely no suggestion of anything further. Younger children could be scared by the scenes which feature the Venom character (black suit), so parents should be cautioned before disregarding the PG-13 rating. Overall, I enjoyed “Spider-Man 3” very much. I’ll probably see it again.
My Ratings: Better than Average / 4½
—Chris, age 40
Positive—Man o man this movie was AWESOME! Did anyone else notice where Peter Parker went for comfort at his lowest moment in the movie? I was really touched and blown away when he looked up at a cross at the top of a Catholic church, and slung himself up to the base of it to rest and recuperate. Wow. Breaking a rule of Hollywood?? C’mon! Tell me someone else noticed that!?

I saw several people mention that there was no mention of Christ in the movie (even though forgiveness was the main premise for the movie), but I thought that one scene was due some merit. This movie was awesome. Spider-Man was awesome, Spider-Man 2 was a great sequel, Spider-man 3 was one incredible surprise. I LOVE action and special effects, and I am a real sucker for the battle scenes.

At the end of this movie, I felt like I just got off the best roller-coaster ride at Six Flags… 'Yeah!!!… Let’s do that again! Whoooo!!!' Oh yeah, for you Bruce Campbell fans—The Raimi brothers for the 3rd time found a good cameo appearance for Bruce. His French accent was weak, but still the same ol' witty smart-alec. He had everybody in the theater cracking up.
My Ratings: Excellent! / 5
—Michael Bryan, age 33
Positive—…I visit the local movie house in San Antonio, Texas. Hollywood movies don’t typically leave you better than before you entered the theater. As a norm, it very hard for me as a christian to find movies that don’t challenge my faith for the compromising situations they present. I went in expecting the typical Hollywood feel-good action movie. The hero can do no wrong, there are always insurmountable odds and he always wins. Those who have seen Spider-Man 1 and 2 know that Spider-Man AKA Peter Parker loves his girlfriend, Mary Jane. He is now in love, and wants to make the ultimate commitment. Aunt May steps in with advice and things happen. Trouble always comes, and this movie is no exception. What really makes this movie come alive is the realism of the characters. This is the most honest look at the human condition that I have ever experienced in secular film. They are real people with their own personal demons to fight. Apart from the violence which is really not gratuitous, this movie is family-friendly and will not shock sensibilities of Christians in the audience. Without giving to much away, I have to say that there are very powerful messages in this movie as many people will see themselves in the lives of the characters. It is an awesome movie for christians to watch. Certain to become a blockbuster, this movie is a rare gem, I highly recommend it.
My Ratings: Good / 4½
—Phillip Guerra, age 37
Positive—Here is a movie that I can recommend (to the target audience 13 and up) without hesitation. I’m really impressed with how clean Sam Raimi has kept the Spider-Man franchise with regard to morals. That doesn’t mean the hero, Peter Parker, doesn’t have to face his own moral issues. Nor does it mean he doesn’t have some failures. But everything is handled in such a way that the correct moral choices are clear and most importantly, Peter Parker’s reputation and character are left completely intact because in the end Peter repents and makes the right choices. So, once again, keeping in mind the target age group, this movie is family appropriate. On the moviemaking side there is much to see. With three villains to deal with, Spider-Man is very busy throughout the movie. There is still some character development and humor (the scene with Jameson and his secretary and the medicine made laugh nearly to tears), but if you want action, Spider-Man 3 has lots and lots of it. Two thumbs up.
My Ratings: Excellent! / 5
—James Taylor, age 36
Positive—First, thank you Sam Raimi and crew for a job well done. I did not think it would be possible to spin this many characters into one movie and complete the story, and I gladly stand corrected. The introduction was brilliant, corny and lighthearted, which was an excellent setup/backdrop for the darker story to come. Again, stunning visuals from our hero swinging through the streets of NY, to the introduction of our villains, and the sequences of battle. However, this Spider-Man was different than the others. In my opinion, the story was the movie, and the action added salt. And, yes, there was plenty of salt, but the backbone was the story; every character was essential to the completion of the story. There was such care to develop the characters and not force them, and this time I cared for all of them, including the villains.

Sam Raimi has done what Xmen, F-4 and many others could not do. And he did it with such class including complimenting marriage, devotion, a man sacrificing all for his wife (soon to be wife), and promoting the fundamental value of our Lord Jesus Christ. Forgiveness. By the end of the movie the room was filled with sobbing. A testament to a story well told. Again, thank you Sam Raimi and crew for a job well done. I look forward to seeing this again.
My Ratings: Better than Average / 5
—D. Caine Calhoun, age 34
Positive—“Spider-Man 3” follows the first 2 films very well. My favorite thing about these movies is the depth of the characters. In this film, the characters learn a lesson about how “being bad” may make you think that you are feeling good, but it ends up bringing nothing but pain ('you reap what you sow'). It also teaches a message on forgiveness, redemption, and sacrifice. Another message that may not have been picked up by viewers, was when the photographer, Eddie Brock, was in a church… The message that I got was that people of God should not ask evil things upon others, especially revenge. This is something that we have seen in our world, in the name of some religion or god. But the real God is of love and forgiveness, not hatred and violence. The movie was violent, but more action-packed than gore, as in the previous Spider-Man movies. I think that the PG-13 rating is a little too harsh, considering that many PG-13 movies that I have happened to see should be “R.” There was little, if any foul language, nudity, or gore. This would have been fine as a “PG” only rating, especially with the good moral messages. I recommend seeing the film.
My Ratings: Good / 5
—Brandon, age 36
Positive—This was a fantastic film! We saw it tonight, and haven’t seen the 2nd Spider-man… but loved this one just the same. You didn’t need to see all of them to follow the story line. What I liked about this film is that they kept it clean. There is a lot of fighting, but it is a superhero film. There was no sexual content other than kissing. I don’t recall any offensive language… nor any drugs, etc. What I liked most were the lessons on: personal choices in life, accepting the consequences, repentance, forgiveness, friendship and honesty. This will definitely be a film we buy and let the kids watch. There were some tough emotional moments, with some fantastic scenes about forgiveness. I was very impressed!
My Ratings: Good / 5
—Tracy, age 38
Positive—I am a big fan of Spider-man (in movie form) and as soon as I got out of this film the first thing I said was, 'Wow, that was like taking the first Spider-Man and the second Spider-man movies, adding them together, and raising that to a power of 5.' I was very, very impressed with the film overall. However, I do not think this is a movie to take young children to, especially those who love Spider-man. At several points during the “black suit” period of the film I myself was horrified to see what Spider-man, who is such a phenomenal hero, was doing. It made me wonder, what are the little kids who idolize Spider-man thinking right now? The violence was brutal at times. Of course, the characters are superheros (and super villains) so they do not die or bleed much but seeing the Sandman beat the snot out of Spider-Man was tough even for me to watch. And the dark Spider-Man hitting a woman was absolutely shocking to me. The language was generally non-offensive, with the exception of the words d—n and a--, each occurring once. The Lord’s name was taken in vain several times, but not enough to ruin the movie completely. I understand that there was a sexual innuendo made, but I did not “get” it as I have never heard that term before, and other “innocent” people won’t get it either. In fact, I didn’t even realize there was an innuendo until I came here and saw it mentioned. That being said, I was amazed at the rest of the film! The action was simply astounding, and the unlikely alliance at the end of the film (won’t say who as I don’t want to spoil it) was just, wow. I was pleasantly surprised by the morality of this film. There are several references to faith. It is obvious that even in his darkest time Peter knows about faith, as he shouts to another character, 'If you want forgiveness, get religion!' When he is fed up with his evil self, he goes to a church, where he is freed of his bondage to evil. And at the end, when faced by one of his main enemies, he listens to the man’s story and then says, “I forgive you.” In summary, the action/violence was quite strong, but it was required to show the seriousness of the story, which is “We always have a choice.” This was a dark film, and a true example of the saying that only if there is darkness do we appreciate the light. I highly, highly recommend this movie to anyone who is mature, but not to young children. This is definitely a movie I will be going to see several more times and will likely buy the DVD.
My Ratings: Better than Average / 4½
—Rachel Davidson, age 18
Positive—This was such a great movie. I was very impressed. It is always difficult to find a movie that appeals to men and women of all ages, but this one is definitely one of those rare movies. The movie does have action for the guys, drama for the gals, and a bit of comedy for all. We all face battles within ourselves, and at times we are tested to see how well we respond to the things that are thrown our way. The movie does make it easy to put ourselves in Peter Parker’s shoes, and it has many of us wondering 'how would I deal with being face to face with the person that killed someone so dear to me?' I’ll leave the rest for you to find out, but I must say the movie does certainly make the grade.
My Ratings: Good / 5
—Troy Mendez, age 32
Positive—I think the film was great! However, people need to realize that the Spider-Man films are following the comic book as best as possible. If people think this Spider-Man movie was “dark” then wait until the others come out. (And they will, trust me) There’s going to be a lot more that our hero is going to have to go through if film makers stick to the comics. The good news is that there is always going to be a happy ending and Spider-Man aka Peter Parker will always do the right thing in the end. While he is a hero on the big screen, remember that his character is simply portraying your “average” guy with “average” problems, just like everyone else, but he also happens to have super powers.
My Ratings: Average / 5
—David G. Scott, age 33
Positive—MJ (perplexed): 'Who are you?' Peter Parker (introspective) 'I don’t know.' That was my favorite exchange of dialogue in “Spiderman-3.” Woven into a film that featured that irrepressible and lovable arachnid—Spiderman—one couldn’t help but to identify with the Pauline-like crisis Peter Parker encountered in the bar when acknowledging the unfulfilling promises of the world, the flesh and the devil with, 'I don’t know.' Peter Parker was right where God draws the unrepentant—to the place of surrender to self.

While not truly a “type of Christ” film like C.S. Lewis might put out, “Spiderman-3” had several elements to it with which a Christian could identify. Alternatively there were some blatant humanistic tones that clearly made this film one that had great cross-appeal, no pun intended.

“Spiderman-3” was slightly long but nonetheless enjoyable throughout. I was not surprised it raked in lots of bling in its opening weekend. In the race for popularity the ball is now in the proverbial court of Jack Sparrow and company to send America’s favorite spider back to the green hornet’s nest. I expect “Pirates” will test Spidey’s resolve, but not best the arachnidic icon’s ability to maintain the spot of top dog.
My Ratings: Good / 5
—Scott Parrish, age 48
Positive—I liked this movie very much! It excited me to see the forces of good and evil portrayed so well on the big screen. That’s exactly the way satan tries to get us, through jealousy, bitterness and selfishness, like a black thing with tendrils to hang on and suck the life out of us and put death in. The Eddie Brock character was a nice guy at first who got filled with “Venom,” his very appropriate evil name. A genuinely good guy like Peter Parker could be filled with pride and the lust for more and more power until his own self is unrecognizable. And poor “innocent” Flint Marko let himself loose in the evils of anger and frustration and became his own worse nightmare, who can never go home again to be a husband or father. Bravo! to the filmmakers and Kudos! for standing their ground and drawing a definitive line in the sand(!) on the side of truth and justice. This is an excellent movie for teens and adults. Parents, go and see this movie so you can explain the bad (evil) parts of this movie and applaud the good (godly). This movie goes to show that God can get His message across even in Hollywood. No one will have an excuse!
My Ratings: Excellent! / 4½
—Lisa Gross, age 48
Positive—This movie was awesome. I saw it three times within the first weekend it was open, and I will see it a couple more times in theaters, and I will buy it on DVD when it comes out. Other than having a few parts that dragged on and some unneeded dancing on the street, this movie couldn’t have been much better. The way they develop Harry’s conflict with Peter is amazing. I recommend this movie to everyone. It has a good theme of forgiveness and choosing to do right or wrong.
My Ratings: Good / 4½
—Charles Crawford, age 19
Positive—…I never expected that it comes with many biblical teaching on it. This is a movie I want to recommend to everyone. A must see movie. The best parts that touched me was when Peter Parker:
1. selfless confession “of his own mistake he did” before the sand man;
2. advised the sand man that 'we all have a CHOICE.'
3. forgave the sand man.
And another scene from Peter Parker’s turning point was when his aunt told him that spiderman does not kill. this part let me recall John 10:10 when Jesus Christ said 'The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.' This movie really portrays how weak a human is, but everyone has a CHOICE: to do what is right before GOD or to do wrong for the EVIL ONE. Your choice determines your future and beyond. I will buy DVD to have my own personal copy.
My Ratings: Excellent! / 5
—Tony, age 47 (Philippines)
Positive—Spiderman 3, in my opinion, is the best of the trilogy. Aside from everything, from the acting to the special effects, being nothing short of amazing, this film is morally decent. That is a rare thing these days. Aside from the violence, which was about the right level for a PG-13 rated action film, I only heard a couple of cuss words. There was no appearance of sexual content that I saw. Parents with children under the age of ten might want to see it before taking the kids, due to the level of violence and a few images that may prove to be a little scary. Altogether, this was a great film. Don’t wait to see this if you haven’t already.
My Ratings: Good / 5
—Jared Barton, age 26
Positive—Incredible movie! That’s all I really say about it. I saw Spider-man 1 and 2, but those never came close to the third! There were only a couple of things I wasn’t a huge fan of:
1. bit too long
2. to many new characters
Other than that I recommend children from 7+ (hold your breath, because there are a few jumpy scenes).
My Ratings: Excellent! / 4½
—Gabe, age 34
Positive—I liked this Spider-man better than the second one. I hope that they will make another one. I thought Peter Parker’s bar dance was funny, because even though he was trying to act cool, he still was a nerd. The movie portrayed his behavior as wrong. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
My Ratings: Better than Average / 5
—Rhia, age 55
Positive—My husband and I viewed this film before we took our kids to see it and we loved it. I would have loved a reference to Christ as another viewer stated, but we must keep in mind that this is not a “Christian” movie. That said, I would like to point out how pleased we were that Peter had a choice to make and he realized it and took responsibility for it. That is totally unlike most worldly themes of 'as long as I don’t hurt anyone'-they just don’t realize that they are hurting themselves! What also impressed us was the 'a man has to be understanding and put his wife before himself' Aunt May was speaking the Biblical truth there. That was what Aunt May had taught Peter made a man ready for marriage. Not just whether or not he had “fallen in love.” Sure there were a few bad words and I could have lived a full life without seeing the pelvic thrusts of Peter Parker, but in our conversations with our kids we used that black suit as a metaphor for letting sin and Satan rule your actions. The vivid contrast of Peter and his likablity without the black suit and Peter and his irritating arrogance with it said volumes to our kids. Also one further point, in most movies, tv, even books today doing wrong is okay and you should get away with it, if your reasons are good. Sandman doesn’t get caught, that’s true, but he is still suffering for his wrong doing. He can’t see his daughter and what he did is not helping her at all. The only reason that I could not give this an excellent rating was because it is not a true Christian film that extols and Glorifies the name of Christ. It does extol some of the virtues he possesses and teaches us but the important bit of His name is left out. All in all this was a great movie and a definite “buying” movie at our house!!
My Ratings: Good / 4½
—Kelli, age 32
Positive—…The movie does have masculine women, they are the “ugly stepsisters” from Cinderella, it does have witches they are based on the witches from all the Disney Princess movies. In the end of course there is a “happily ever after.” As a Christian mom, while there are better things out there to watch like Veggies Tales, I think this movie is a great teaching tool, there are people in this world who are not going to like/love us for who we are but the moral of this Shrek, is that we are supposed to love us for who we are, and who we are, is children of God. I want my kids to know that even though this world is depraved there is God! He is all we need in this world and while the movie is not a Christian based movie it still teaches to stand for our families and love one another as Christ so loved the world.
My Ratings: Better than Average / 4
—Jennifer, age 28
Positive—Spider-Man 3 was an awesome movie, with several godly morals. Spider-man learns to forgive those who’ve wronged him (Sandman and Venom) and to apologize to those he’s hurt (Harry and Mary Jane). Very little sexual immorality (every character could pass for a virgin, for all we know at this point, so thumbs up), the violence is “Light vs. Dark,” and two people are very godly towards their loved ones (Aunt May and Bernard the butler). Most of the time in the movie, good is called good, and evil is called evil, though there are some flaws.

1) Sandman robs money to heal his sickly daughter; healing a sick child is noble, but the ends DO NOT justify the means. All I can say is pray for prison convicts and those who feel left alone.

2) Eddie Brock Jr. (aka Venom) is portrayed as a Christian (or so he thinks). I did not like he was the only character shown with Christian affiliation, but he is shown to be fake.

I also looked at two of the negative comments that call this movie “Satan masquerading as an angel of light”. I refuse to agree. Having a protagonist with flaws and temporary immaturity is NOT the same thing as the devil posing as one of God’s angels. Under that logic, King David, Simon Peter, Paul, Moses, etc. Could also pass for “Satan masquerading as an angel of light”. We need to know the difference between a fallen human being who has a chance to turn to Christ and a fallen angel who fully knew God and rebelled against him.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Good / Moviemaking quality: 4
—Peter, age 22 (USA)
Neutral—Well, well, well. “Spider-Man 3” is a bundle of joy, in more ways than one. But it is also a bundle of… hmm… I’m not quite sure how to verbalize it. Being that this is another installment in the Spider-Man series, it is good, if nothing more than for the simple reason Spidey is gracing the silver screen again. It’s action-packed—seeing Spidey fight villains while scrambling across the rooftops and sides of skyscrapers in NY never gets old. Hmm… what else? Spidey 3 boasts Venom, (arguably) the coolest joe to ever confront Spider-Man in the comic book pages, and a Spidey enthusiast can never steer wrong with Venom. To top it all off, this Spider-Man flick, true to form, is rife with funny one-liners and dance numbers, though I won’t spoil the latter by clarifying exactly what I’m talking about. As far as objectionable content goes, I only noticed two instances of language, one of which is the Lord’s name taken in vain. I’m not condoning abusing God’s name, but if you compare and contrast to other films within the PG-13 confines, “Spider-Man 3” is pretty clean. New to this Spidey feature, however, is some brief and very mild innuendo.

But now to the part of the review I don’t quite know to verbalize. “Spider-Man 3” is lacking. It feels a bit rushed at times, but thankfully not throughout the whole show. Loading up 2… dare I say 3… villains into this addition to the Spidey saga wasn’t the best idea. Films 1 and 2 feature just one villain, which is a good formula that will never ruin a good story. “Batman Begins” is a great movie that managed to pull off telling a story showcasing multiple bad guys, but take for example “Batman Forever” or “Batman and Robin.” These flicks both start with separate villains: their individual backgrounds, their switch to crime, and then their acts of ultimately banding together to wreak destruction and mayhem. It’s old, it’s boring, and it’s usually cheesy. I think “Batman Begins” pulls it off because there is nothing campy about that movie. While “Spider-Man 3” certainly doesn’t teeter on that edge of infusing a carnival atmosphere like the 3rd and 4th Batman installments, it certainly does incorporate (not too successfully… this is a part that feels rushed) that tried and vexed formula of putting two foes on the map together.

“Spider-Man 3” is suitable for a young audience. After all, maybe that’s its target audience. I love superhero movies, especially those revolving around my childhood favorites, but now that I’m growing up, it’s a little harder these days to watch these kinds of flicks without rolling my eyes during some of the scenes. E.g. I read on Wikipedia how the character Gwen Stacy died in the comics. It was from a sudden stop. She was falling, Spidey caught her with some webbing, but by stopping all that inertia, her neck snapped. Sounds realistic to me. “Spider-Man 3” cheats the laws of physics in several instances; the first two films are just as guilty, so I guess it goes without saying that’s just to be expected in a fantasy epic. The visuals were nothing new. Nothing challenging nor captivating—just run-of-the-mill fx comparable to even the first Spider-Man movie. “Ghost Rider” was certainly a more visual treat. Don’t get me wrong. I like “Spider-Man 3.” I’ll be seeing it again a few more times, but for the wait we Spidey fans have endured, I just wish Spider-Man 3 had that much more to offer. It doesn’t, but still, it’s good, pretty wholesome entertainment.
My Ratings: Average / 4
—Jacob Keenum, age 20
Neutral—Awesome film making! Great fights, excellent acting… etc. HOWEVER, I really didn’t like the part where the reporter (who ended up being a bad guy) was in the church and asked God to kill Peter Parker. Just the idea of asking a perfect, loving God to kill someone… that was not acceptable. Overall, however, this was a good movie.
My Ratings: Average / 5
—Amanda, age 22
Neutral—“Spider-Man 3” is action filled, humorously funny at times (Saturday Night Fever, I get it), dark and troubling as always, and delivers a powerful message about vengeance and forgiveness. Here, the odds are stacking up against our favorite hero, Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire). Just when everything seemed to be going great for him, keeping a steady job at the Daily Bugle, have the chief of police’s beautiful daughter, Gwen Stacey (Bryce Dallas Howard), as a science lab partner yet his love is for Mary Jane (Kirsten Dunst), and planning to propose to her in marriage. Then troubles begin. First, the discovering of his uncle’s true killer, Flint Marko (Thomas Hayden Church), a new Spidey suit with more power, and a pesky, deceitful new photographer, Eddie Brock (Topher Grace), intent on taking away Peter’s job, and then there is Harry Osborn (James Franco). Harry wants Peter dead after finding out that Spidey was Peter in “Spider-Man 2,” the person responsible for the death of Norman Osborn. And lastly, Peter never knew MJ had lost her job on broadway.

MAJOR SPOILERS: READ AT YOUR OWN DISCRETION. “Spider-Man 3” packs a lot. Too many, too much. The main plot line about forgiveness is great, but the sideline is under developed, especially knowing the original characters from the comics. The Sandman/Flint Marko is better in it’s story arc, but Gwen Stacey’s role was rushed. In the comic series, Peter was actually going to marry Gwen before MJ, but that wouldn’t play well with the established arcs of “Spider-Man” 1 and 2. Her role here is just to fill in as a distraction. Eddie Brock’s contemplating suicide and searching for forgiveness at Our Lady Saints Church, before becoming Venom was not in this movie. Here, he wants God to kill Peter after Peter exposed him as a fraud. The alien Symbiote that became Spidey’s new suit would have made the decision to leave Peter rather then Peter ripping it off of himself at the church. The Symbiote who not only uses it’s host, it’s also an empathic parasite who had preyed upon the emotions of Spider-Man, and through it, it learn how to feel, and in feeling, to act. It sacrifice itself so Peter may live, but just as it leaves Peter, it finds a new host, Eddie Brock. SPOILER ENDS.

Sometimes, caving-in for the fan-base audience can be disastrous when everyone wants their favorite, like Venom or Sandman. If the artist already had an established story line, he should maintained the course and introduce each rich character on a timely matter, not cramming it all together. I agree with other reviewers that Venom should have been extended to the next sequel, after all, Sony had green-lighted three more Spidey flicks, unless Sam Raimi, Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst decided to move on, but still… ugh, can’t win them all. Anyway, despite my dismay, “Spider-Man 3” is enjoyable. BTW, why are all the funerals at the end of each Spidey flick?
My Ratings: Excellent! / 5
—Mang Yang, age 35
Neutral—This film deals with the evils of ego, revenge, and power—ironic, considering Hollywood is rampant with these qualities. Why should Hollywood preach to me? “Spider-man 3” had some excellent special effects, but there was too much going on. None of the villains had the chance to develop fully as characters. When Spidey rushed past the oversized American flag, the product placement was so obvious that many in the audience laughed while others thought “what is going on here?” The entire movie has cheese written over it. That’s not to say it was not an entertaining treat, but that’s all it was and nothing more.
My Ratings: Better than Average / 3
—Cornelius Christian, age 19
Neutral—First of all this movie has nothing bad in it, and is completely clean for most ages. The reason I give it a neutral is because it just flat out stunk. Major disappointment and extremely cheesy and fake looking. Too many bad guys, too long and not much good action. Story plot didn’t even make sense, and it really was ruined when Mary Jane didn’t even marry Peter. Disappointing.
My Ratings: Good / 3
—Greg, age 29
Neutral—The effects and stunts were awesome but honestly, I didn’t enjoy the 3rd movie as much as the previous two. In those, Peter Parker was still somewhat of the underdog and had his critics. The villains also seemed more epic to me. In the third Peter becomes a bit over-confident of himself because he is more accepted by the public. I don’t like to watch poor Peter suffer but I could relate more to his search for acceptance as opposed to being conceited. I was expecting more from the villains of this movie as well, but it seemed to me that the real enemy that Peter had to face was mostly his darker self. Even before Peter was affected by Venom, he did something that seemed out of character and outright stupid to me. I just couldn’t understand why. Things only went downhill from there after the black material gets on Peter’s suit. It pained me to see him be such a jerk and ruin his life. I assume that the story is pretty constant with the comic book, but still it bothered me to see a hero behave that way. On the other hand, it goes to show that everyone has their faults and darker side. The theme of forgiveness was very good from a Christian aspect and very unusual for super hero movies, which normally deal with revenge. Some of my male friends complained that too much of the story focused on Peter and Mary Jane’s relationship and the drama that came to surround it. There was somewhat of a love triangle or quad going on and they felt that this made up the majority of the plot.

I work at a media store and Spiderman 3 books are marketed to even young children of pre-school age. Parents may want to seriously consider letting a young child see this movie because even though Peter works things out in the end, his character becomes very negative at certain points and that could be pretty impressionable on a child, since Peter is a hero. He becomes very easily irritated and is filled with hateful and vengeful thoughts. Peter is disrespectful towards others and even curses loudly at his landlord when asked for rent money. Just something to consider if you’re thinking of taking little ones. They always want to imitate their heroes.
My Ratings: Better than Average / 4
—Melissa, age 25
Negative—“Spiderman 3” was entirely one of the worst movie ever produced. The the story line, the acting, and especially the contradictory message of the Gospel pertaining to sin nature cannot be overlooked. This is a big let down from 1 and 2. The plot was so, for lack of better words, cheesy and was not well thought out. The acting was horrible. At many instances Toby Mcguire’s acting was very funny when it was a serious scene and not amusing when the scene was suppose to be funny. The worst part about this movie is that it sent a message that was opposed to the Gospel, namely sin nature. I read many of the others who wrote comments for this movie and noticed everyone liked the forgiveness scene. Well, the idea of forgiveness is good b/c it’s a character of God, but let’s not forget that God is also just. Sin has to be punished, and God paid a huge price for that. In the movie there is this huge typical secular humanistic message that says that everyone is inherently good and everything that is bad is because of our environment or from the outside. Notice the venom was a alien substance—hint, hint outside. In addition, the Sandman was the perfect example of this secular humanism idea. He’s a good father just wanting to do anything to help his daughter. So he steals money and kills people while he’s at it. We should feel sorry for him because he’s just trying to do right but his circumstances caused him to do these atrocious acts. It’s not really his fault, hence Spidey saids he forgives him. That’s good and all but hey where’s the justice? Notice at the end of the fighting scene Sandman get’s away. Is the Sandman taking up his responsibility that even at the end he goes on a rampage hurting and killing people or does he still believe, as his character often stated, he’s not a bad person. Oh, and let’s not forget that Spiderman forgiving Sandman is no big deal. Why? because the message was clear that we have a choice to let go (hences losing the venom suite) or live in darkness. It’s as though the movie is teaching you can do it. You can wield forgiveness in your heart. Everyone can choose and we can all live in harmony with a morality apart from God. We just have to teach ourselves to choose to do the right thing so we can label ourselves as good people. Sounds secularly humanistic behavioral teaching to me. Forgiveness is possible to a certain degree, but complete forgiveness from the heart especially in light of terrible circumstances (such as lost loved ones) cannot be wielded. It must be given up to God.

If many of you writers are still thinking this is a good movie for kids. I would say yeah sure. Why? because it’s clean and all the issues I spoke of cannot be comprehended by a child, but spiritually I might say it’s still a good movie for kids because it will teach that forgiveness and making the right choice is an extremely hard thing to do in and of yourself. As they grow older, they will realize that they lived according to this spiritual christian version of legalistic secular humanistic teaching. They will find out they don’t make all the right choices, and that forgiveness is stinking hard not because forgiveness is bad, but because we are bad as fallen humanity. That’s when you parents come in and show them that they need to give it all up to Christ and explain to them their efforts to live a blameless life is impossible without God (John 15:5b—…apart from Me you can do NOTHING).
My Ratings: Extremely Offensive / 3
—Mark Sung, age 29
Negative—Satan is dangerous when he deceives us into believing his lies are the truth. But he is the most dangerous when he succeeds in convincing someone that he is actually God. A few reviewers sensed there was something wrong with a Catholic man in reverent prayer asking God to kill his enemy. Notice this: the one character who was portrayed devoid of any moral values was the only one shown as a Christian. Typical message from Hollywood: that Christians turn out to be the evil ones. If S-3 had stopped there, that would be bad enough. What happened next was stunning. The worst person in the movie is a Christian who goes to church, asks God to kill someone, and God turns him into a demon to answer his prayer.

What happened here? Does God grant prayers of murder? Does God create demons to act out murder? No, these are things that Satan does. According to Scripture, what is the unforgivable sin?…to blaspheme the Holy Spirit. Portraying God and His works as evil is a sin which grieves the Holy Spirit. What concerns me most about S-3 is how it has succeeded in blinding us to an unforgivable sin, while pretending its moral value by declaring to us that we can make correct decisions if we just try hard enough. To paraphrase the apostle Paul, that which we wish to do we do not, and that which we wish not to do, we do. It is only through the power of Christ in us that we humans manage to do right.

When we give a movie a good moral rating because there is no cussin' or kissin' while overlooking blasphemy and self-righteousness, aren’t we just straining at gnats while swallowing camels? At least most Satanic movies portray Satan as Satan and God as God. Spider-Man 3 is dangerous because it truly is a wolf in sheep’s clothing. Please do not be confused by my high rating for movie-making quality. This movie is so well done, we hardly notice the poison as we drink the deadly cup.

'And what I do I will continue to do, in order to undermine the claim of those who would like to claim that in their boasted mission they work on the same terms as we do. For such men are false apostles, deceitful workmen, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light.' 2 Cor 11:12-14
My Ratings: Extremely Offensive / 4½
—Henry Skinner-Larsen, age 54
Negative—What a disappointment. I found the plot to be completely inane, boring and stupid. It seemed to jump from the beginning and end of one bad movie to the other, the only question would be which was worse. I was so encouraged at first with Harry Osborne, then he got turned into someone who should be hosting a children’s (3 and under) TV show, Sandcastle turned out to be The Wicked Witch of the West Side, and to be honest, I didn’t even stay to see Venom, as I was so p.o.'d at the 18 plus bucks I spent on this stinker left my wallet. My advice to their 500,000 bucks it spent to make this masterpiece of useless techy garbage? Keep the receipt… you will need it.
My Ratings: Average / 1
—Ski, age 41
Negative—It was very well made with good acting. The story lacked substance. I believe it was hyped too much. It has a good biblical application though. The darkness made Spidey act evil or two-faced, but he overcame the evil to save the girl in the end.
My Ratings: Good / 4
—Reg Sargent, age 34
Comments from young people
Positive—This is easily the best of the Spider-Man Trilogy. It is simply excellent in moviemaking quality and almost excellent in moral quality. It is definitely a movie that you should see. There is simply too much good to say about this movie, so I’ll try to keep my comments as succinct as I possibly can. In moral quality, there is a plethora of positives and an almost complete absence of negatives. The only reason I rated this as Good instead of Excellent is because Jesus Christ was absent from the center of the moral picture. This could have driven the moral points all the way home, but the morals still got most of the way there. The only negative is very minor in that there are two instances of moderate cussing (one a** and one d**n).

On the flip side, the positive morality is the best thing about the whole movie. Themes of making the right choices, redemption, the dangers of indulging in evil, the evil of personally exacting vengeance, forgiveness, sacrifice, unselfishness, teamwork, and others saturate this movie in good morality. If I went anymore in depth than that, this comment would be far too long. In moviemaking quality, this is movie is insanely good. There is a lot of story to tell in this movie, but the movie executes very well in telling all of the story. The main plot and the many sub-plots are all very interesting, complex, and easy to follow. The script was as good as always. The fight scenes were of the excellent quality we have come to expect from Spider-Man (except better of course). All animation and effects that went in to making this movie were all done excellently. All the actors did their parts well (the two best were MacGuire as Peter Parker/Spider-Man and Franco as Harry Osborn). There is so much more good to say about “Spider-Man 3,” but I’ll stop there. Overall, I’d say that if I was allowed to give this movie 6 stars, I would.
My Ratings: Good / 5
—Ross, age 17
Positive—This movie exceeded my expectations severely. I thought the acting was good, the plot was well done, and the villains were actually decent this time. This movie kept me on my toes, and I jumped a couple times (once out of my seat). This movie also has this nice forgiveness theme throughout the entire movie, even when forgiveness isn’t asked from them. And this movie (surprisingly) shows the evil of sin and the depravity of it when Peter gets taken over by the black spider and really turns him into this gothic-type person. As far as things to look out for: I only really remember about 4 curse words. There were a couple of kissing scenes, but they don’t last too long. …this movie may not be suitable for young kids, since there are a couple of heart thumping moments and a pretty good amount of violence. Overall, way better than 1 and 2.
My Ratings: Good / 5
—Kurt, age 15
Positive—Wow!!! I just got back from the theater!! I thought the movie great; I loved the way Peter was slowly getting lured to the dark side by the suit, but in the end he forgave… In the end that was one awesome movie!!! Spider-Man 4 will hopefully be just as good as this one. 4½!!!
My Ratings: Excellent! / 4½
—Matthew, age 13
Positive—I just saw “Spider-man 3” and thought it was just awesome! Good clean movie, had forgiveness themes woven in, the action sequences were fantastic, and the movie totally lived up to my expectations!
My Ratings: Good / 4½
—Steven, age 17
Positive—I went to the midnight showing of this movie, and I absolutely loved it!!! It was a little bit cheesy in parts, but it was still amazing. Parts of the movie I was a little confused, because there were many stories going on at the same time. The movie was very well made. This movie would for sure be too frightening for children under 12 because of all of the violence that goes on. In the very end of the movie, it talked a lot about forgiving people and that everyone needs to make the right choices in their life. ALso, it was VERY clean. Parker and his girlfriend kissed a few times, and there was a little bit of dirty dancing, but other than that it was clean.
My Ratings: Excellent! / 5
—Hope, age 17
Positive—Throughout the first half of the film, I felt quite disappointed. The plot, acting, and script were not put together well and didn’t feel believable or real at all. To my surprise, this was completely turned around in the second half. While still somewhat corny and humorous in situations not meant to be funny, the movie began to feel more original and exciting. Spider-man 3 is a tough film to review; while many scenes feel slow and un-original, they are quickly replaced by intense and/or humorous sequences which make you want to keep watching. Onto content: There are many scenes full of tough, intense violence, though most is in Spider-man’s typical cartoonish style. Without giving too much away, one scene in particular is more disturbing than the others, in which two men encouraged by hate are desperately trying to kill each other and one ends up badly burned. Overall, this movie is a clean film with strong messages of forgiveness and making the right decisions. My least favorite of the Spider-mans, but still definitely worth watching.
My Ratings: Better than Average / 4
—Aaron, age 15
Positive—…an awesome movie!!! The fight scenes are amazing, and the special effects are really cool. The story has depth and wraps up nicely leaving no loose ends. It also has a good message, of forgiveness and that you can always choose to do what’s right. It was pretty clean, and though a bit long, “Spider-Man 3” is a great movie that is definitely worth seeing!!!
My Ratings: Excellent! / 4½
—Elizabeth, age 15
Positive—I thought this movie was AMAZING. The special effects were awesome, and the action scenes were actually quite long, not quick and pointless. It got a little corny when Peter got his black suit and started acting (and looking) like a teenage rebel, but overall the story was great. “Spider-man 3” had a great theme throughout, emphasizing over and over the power of forgiveness, and the importance of good choices. At the end, Peter tells the audience of how life is filled with choices, and how important it is to make good ones. The movie had only 3 minor swear words, 1 or 2 oh my g-d’s, and a few kisses, but nothing overly offensive. The fight scenes were intense at times, but there’s no gory details, just a little blood here and there. Overall, a terrific movie!
My Ratings: Excellent! / 5
—Brian, age 16
Neutral—Forgiveness is the theme of “Spider-man 3.” You have the characters wondering if they are capable of offering it and/or worthy of receiving it. This in turn filters down into the audience, because by the end of the film you find yourself trying to forgive the director Sam Raimi of creating a bloated uneven story that is unbelievable. There are too many story lines going on in this third installment. Too many characters are introduced, that confuse the ongoing relationships from the previous two movies. It seems that the Spider-man films are falling into the same trap as the latter Batman films, more villains = more toy sales!! The special effects are great, as usual, although the first fight sequence between Peter Parker and Harry Goblin look very “video gamish.” The ending is too long and drawn out, a better ending would’ve been to flash back to Prof. Conners lab to show the black goop that he is analyzing attach itself to his missing arm, then have him face the camera with a surprised look on his face—go to credits. Overall, the film is worth seeing, and you can take the kids. The profanity is minor, and really should’ve been left out. The effects are great and dazzling. My favorite scene is at the French restaurant.
My Ratings: Good / 4
—Bob Hayes, age 17
Positive—3 words. Go see it !!!…
My Ratings: Excellent! / 5
—Stephanie, age 14
Negative—The appearance of Spider-Man on the TV commercials made it look like a huge blockbuster film. But, when I saw it in the theatre it was terrible. The plot had too many things going on. It did not follow in the original stories by Stan Lee. Although it had only three curse words, which is unusual for a P.G. 13 movie, it had some bad parts which were not necessary for the movie’s plot. …
My Ratings: Average / 1
—Matthew R, age 13
Positive—This movie was awesome. I’ll first say the good, and then the bad. To start off, friendship, sacrifice, redemption, aggressiveness, and making the right choices are clearly seen in this story. I would have to say that this is probably the best Spider-Man film I’ve seen, and it really hits home when Spidey says that “we have a choice,” either it be to do bad or good. When Harry is in the hospital, he says that M.J. and Peter are the best friends that he has, and that he’d be willing to die for them. Later at the end he does sacrifice himself for those close to him, so that was really cool. Overall, there was good qualities in this film that deserves a two thumbs-up from me.

And now to the not-so-great stuff. There isn’t really nudity, as Peter does end up shirtless after getting rid of the Symbiote (but you would see probably much worse at your local swimming pool). 'Oh my G*d' does occur a handful of times, but it’s hard to catch because of all the action going on. A (just one) d**n, h*ll, and a** were the only unfavored ones that I caught, but it was just one each, and very brief. As Parker’s attitude changes he does some weird moves, and the scene at the jazz club was probably the closest thing to objectionable. Also when Eddie Brock goes into the cathedral, he prays that Jesus would kill Spidey. Otherwise, it was a clean and enjoyable movie.

The action was very satisfying, with an almost microscopic amount of gore and just an ounce of blood here and there. Younger kids may not like Venom so much, but it was funny when a little kid in the theater started growling and hissing right after Venom did his own. A few scenes almost made me jump up, and the movie did keep you in suspense over half of the time. I would definitely recommend this film.
My Ratings: Better than Average / 5
—Andrew Esau, age 16
Positive—I’m a big Spider-Man fan, and I was really looking forward to this movie. I wasn’t disappointed—though quite a bit darker than the previous movies, this lived up to my expectations. The special effects were amazing. There might have been a little too many subplots, but it worked. It was violent, like all the others, and Peter Parker gets obsessed with revenge, but he learns to forgive in the end. I would recommend this movie to more mature audiences.
My Ratings: Better than Average / 4
—Brittney, age 16
Positive—I just got back from “Spider-man 3,” and I have to say that it was one of the best movies I have seen since “Star Wars III.” Spider-Man has always been my favorite superhero and he is now more than ever! The beginning of the film was awesome, the middle of the movie was OK but it kinda dragged a bit, but the last 30-40 minutes were amazing. There was so much christian-friendly morals at the end that it was almost biblical. the only reasons that I gave it a “better than average” is because that there was a lot of revenge and hatred during the middle where Spider-Man was being somewhat overshadowed by this strange substance that relates to temptation and the devil. But even as Spider-Man was tempted by the darkness, the movie never made evil look glamorous for more than 30 seconds. I am proud of Hollywood for still making movies that have only 3 swear words and one vain use of God’s name, and for still making movies that show that good and justice prevail over darkness, every time…
My Ratings: Better than Average / 4½
—Josh J., age 14
Positive—I thoroughly enjoyed this movie! It was action-packed, funny at times, tear-jerking, and extremely suspenseful. I jumped out of my seat and almost spilled my popcorn during the scene where Eddie/Venom grabs MJ!! In a filmmaking perspective, I thought that the quality was very good, especially seeing Flint Marko turn into the sandman… it was sooooo amazingly done! As for the action, it’s pretty violent, and it makes you feel really sorry for the characters. But the stunts are well-done! I guess I loved it because it was Spider-man …I mean, who doesn’t love Spider-man! The bad things that made me feel both uncomfortable and angry were these:
1) When Peter has that “Venom” attitude and image and he turns all emo. That was scary because we face that kind of stuff at school; we don’t want to see our friendly neighborhood Spider-man wearing all black and acting like that.
2) How he was such a babe magnet, and how he cheated on MJ. I thought that was really weird and totally against all of my morals about relationships and dating.
3) When Peter was at the club and hit Mary Jane. That really made me mad, and I was like, 'Dude, you don’t hit a girl!'
4) The thing I found really offensive was when Eddie was in the church and prayed, 'I come humbled and humiliated… but I only want one thing… for you to kill Peter Parker.' That was just wrong. I don’t think that the director was putting that in just to make for a good show… he wanted to show the evilness of this guy. But it bugged me. I mean, God isn’t going to answer a prayer like that!

Overall, the movie was really good! I really liked how they showed the horribleness of revenge. I loved it! I laughed, I was on the edge of my seat, and I cried, like really cried. The only other movie of which tears had actually fallen from my face was Disney’s “Brother Bear,” and that wasn’t even sad! (I was, like, 10 years old…) It was really good. I wouldn’t recommend bringing any younger siblings along, but if you’re looking for an action/thriller/awesomely amazing movie, go see it. You won’t be disappointed!…
My Ratings: Average / 4½
—Sue, age 14
Positive—I loved it! …It was everything I was hoping it would be. It also was a “tear jerker.” I felt like crying in certain parts, but I was also laughing. During most of the show I sat on the edge of my seat, and almost jumped out of it in a few parts. DO NOT WAIT for it too come out of DVD, SEE IT! It will be one of those shows I will see again in the theater. I loved the first two films, but this one is better than them! It is a perfect ending for the first two, and they even made it that they could make a 4th. I was a bit surprised that most of the people who were in the theater were from ages 5 to 8. THIS is NOT a good movie for really young children who might be easily scared by some of the things in it. It also had the theme of forgiveness woven into it. This is the best show I have ever seen in the longest time, maybe even ever!
My Ratings: Excellent! / 5
—Adrianne, age 14
Positive—…amazed by the special effects. The plot was also satisfying. It entangles Peter’s relationship with MJ (which is sooo cute) and his best friend harry and actually two more villains. I thought it was great with no innuendo and hardly any language and no gore. It probably wasn’t the best of the trilogy but still worth seeing!
My Ratings: Good / 5
—Maggie, age 16
Negative—Forgiveness was the main theme of this movie—which is great! But the movie itself was just not good. There were way to many storylines going on at once, and to many new characters introduced at once! Very hard to follow at times. The movie is waaaaaaay to long, and just drawn out to much! Also, some of the graphics aren`t good at all! Look so fake and cartoon like. I am also VERY thankful I didn`t have my younger siblings with me!! Some of the characters might be scary to younger children. The language itself isn’t too bad, but still unnecessary. Overall, I was verrry disappointed in Spider-Man. Let’s just hope the 4th is a lot better!
My Ratings: Average / 3½
—Kelsey, age 17
Neutral—This movie seemed really cheesy at parts. Spider-man was crying too much, and the special effects seemed over the top. Overall, it was OK, though I would not waste my time seeing it again.
My Ratings: Average / 3
—Sarah, age 14
Neutral—I thought that the movie was good at the beginning. Towards the middle I started to get kind of bored with it. There was way to much Mary Jane in it. I don’t really see this movie being about spider man. I see it being all about Mary Jane. When Eddie Brock turns into the bad Spider-man it does look kind of scary. I wouldn’t recommend taking younger children to see it. The action scene’s weren’t even as good and there was way to much drama. I will say that I’m glad they haven’t put sex and nudity in this series. It’s so hard to find a descent movie that when one come out I’m all over it. Overall, I give them props for not putting nudity in there. I think this was a great movie simply because of that.
My Ratings: Average / 2½
—Beth, age 16
Neutral—As others have said, forgiveness was a main topic of Spider-man 3. I appreciated this, and even shed a tear when Spider-man responded to his uncle’s killer with, “I forgive you.” This movie also gave a good representation of what happens when we allow sin leeway AT ALL. I was not impressed with the battle scenes, since they seemed to bear remarkable resemblance to the previous 2 movies! The language, I am sad to say, consisted of only 4 or 5 words, but those 4 or 5 words made all the difference. The Lord’s name was even taken in vain a couple of times. (i.e. Oh my G--) As much as I looked forward to this movie, I must say that my expectations of another Spider-man movie were broken.
My Ratings: Good / 4
—Stephanie O., age 15
Positive—I loved the movie. It had a great storyline and everything. The only parts I didn’t like were the profanity and the use of the Lord’s name in vain. All in all, it was a very enjoyable movie.
My Ratings: Average / 4
—Troy, age 16
Positive—Wonderful film!! The main theme is the darkness in man’s heart and forgiveness. Spider-man gives into his rage over his uncle’s killer. But later forgives the sorry murderer. Two of the villains redeem themselves and are forgiven. Amazing acting, Humorous, and it has many good lessons to learn in the story. At points you feel like laughing, especially when Peter is walking down the street thinking he is all that. And other points can make you jump out of your seat. Great action sequences and a wonderful story of the struggle with sin in Man’s heart.
My Ratings: Excellent! / 5
—Grayson, age 16
Neutral—The film had the whole “choice” moral in the movie. It showed Peter making some good and bad choices. People should stay away from this movie strictly from how bad it is compared to the other two. This one boasts special effects, but lacks on any story or love of the characters. The morals are barely even there. Peter is a jerk throughout half of the movie and looks disgustingly emo. …
My Ratings: Average / 2
—Matt, age 17
Positive—First I’d like to say this movie is amazing. And I agree with everyone about the themes of forgiveness, temptation, sacrifice, revenge, fighting the darkness within ourselves (whatever it may be manifested in) that were woven in this movie. I’ve been a Spiderman fan since I was old enough to watch the cartoons. (the 90’s version) And I will say that I most of my expectations were met at this movie. It was simply awesome. Though there is bad stuff like what the reviewer and other folks have said about some language and the behavior of Peter Parker. My only disappointments with this film was I wish they could’ve done more character development for Gwen Stacey, Eddie Brock, and the Sandman (Flint Marko). And for a movie that was 2 hours and 20 minutes they should’ve had more fight scenes but that’s just my opinion. This movie really is a great movie to watch and discuss about!
My Ratings: Better than Average / 4½
—Ryan Smack, age 17
Positive—This movie to me was good in its movie quality. And there was no cussing, as far as I heard, and it was a good kids' movie, and it was also good movie for teenagers and adults, but at the same time it was not boring, and it was kinda funny at parts. My say is: this is a good movie, and it is definitely worth your money.
My Ratings: Good / 4
—Justus, age 10
Negative—…Umm… yeah This film has too many problems. There’s nothing morally wrong with this film whatsoever. I’m not going to discuss that. The film itself seems like it was created with a mindset totally focused on squeezing the American moviegoers pockets. This was probably the creator’s mindset: 'I’m sick of making Spider-man movies, but I want a lot of money. I know! I’ll direct one more movie and add a bunch of ideas that will make every little twerp in America make their parents buy the ticket and then buy every little piece of merchandise that has any relation to the franchise.' Seriously, this film accommodated to the kids, but totally neglected everybody else. The first and second one were pretty good (not my favorite movie, but it entertained me nonetheless) but this one added a bunch of cheesy saturday-morning cartoon dialogue and neglected any memorable scenes. In fact, it has to many things that will make you scratch your head. What’s with the emo flip? And why the heck did Harry Osborne get rid of the old glider with spikes and machine gun turrets for a surfboard (no joke) glider?!? Sandman contributes nothing to the story and Venom is not in it enough. James Franco's acting is abysmal. The main villain should have been Harry Osborne as the Green Goblin and it should have had the dark suit, but that should have been just a setup for the fourth installment. God knows how they’re gonna make a fourth one by the way.

Overall, the film wasn’t the worst film ever, it was just the biggest letdown in a while. Cheesy dialogue, the worst climax in the history of cinema, too many farfetched elements, and a completely unnecessary character plague this movie. No immoral content though, which is a plus for parents. This film is good for any little kid or preteen. ADULTS WILL BE BORED. With that you are warned.
My Ratings: Good / 2½
—Jimmy, age 17
Positive—WOW! I was waiting all week to see this movie, and I was not let down! fantastic storyline, amazing effects… the only let down for me was the beginning of the movie—it seemed a bit scrambled when they introduced all the characters but they tied the characters together perfectly; all characters in the story were needed for the message of the movie to come across. The story flowed well (with the exception of the first part) and had the perfect mix of action, values, humor and 'd&m stuff'. I would go see it again and again and definitely buy it on DVD.
My Ratings: Good / 5
—Bethany, age 17
Positive—…I think that this movie was great for teaching people about forgiveness. Yes, this has been mentioned a few hundred times, but it’s still a good thing. When you look at the movie, you see Venom. I do wish he was in the movie more, but you can’t quite do that with three villains in the movie. So we have him at the very end in an extremely climactic battle. Now, back to forgiveness and Eddie’s asking God to kill Pete. Okay, Eddie asked God to kill Pete. That was bad and dumb. Nobody should do that. And God did not curse him with the symbiote. Eddie chose to be what he was. You always have a choice, and Eddie chose wrong. Venom is a metaphor for revenge. Eddie took revenge instead of forgiveness and look what happened to him. He died. Now, you could harp on revenge for the rest of your life for a wrong that somebody did you, and you might wind up like Eddie. If you don’t do good, things might turn bad. I’m not saying that’s definite, because that is ultimately God’s decision. But it’s best to stay on the safe side, rather than risk your life. So screw your head on tight, forgive anyone who has done you wrong, and live a happy life. When you think about revenge, think about what happened to Venom. As to forgiving people to a certain extent, that is ridiculous. You should forgive people no matter how bad a wrong they did you or your loved ones, Mark Sung. God always forgives people; all you have to do is ask for it.
My Ratings: Excellent! / 4½
—Brandon Monroe, age 14
Positive—I loved Spider-Man 3! It was all very entertaining and really kept me on the edge of my seat. The acting was good. The only bad things about it were a few curse words and one or two disturbing scenes. Otherwise, it was great, and I can’t wait until it comes out on DVD!
My Ratings: Good / 4½
—Carolyn, age 13
Positive—…Believe me when I say this and that the biblical themes of loving one’s enemies, mercy, and forgiveness also displayed in this movie are as central to Catholicism as to any other specific faith. These themes, moreover, are part of a great web of awesome morals woven into the Spiderman franchise—a big part of why I love the series! This third (potentially final?) installment tied things up and developed the moral-infused story a lot better than I had expected it to, so while certain elements of the movie seemed a bit off-the-wall and the overall tone was considerably darker than that of previous installments, I was on the whole pleased with it! I keep thinking back on the engaging story and moral decisions made by the characters, so I’m going to watch it at least once more in theaters…
My Ratings: Good / 4½
—Josh, age 17
Positive—I viewed this movie with a movie with a friend. I found this movie extremely captivating. The movie has some questionable items in it. First, I will start with the violence. At the start of the movie Peter is riding down the road and Harry Osbourne flies down and throws him against the building. This fight has a lot of violence including hitting walls, pipes, and the ground. At the end of the fight Peter takes the unconscience Harry to the hospital and Harry lives. In the middle the sandman has a flash back to him shooting Uncle Ben. Meanwhile Harry and the new dark spiderman fight. When the fight is over Peter catches Harry’s bomb and throughs it at his face, which makes half of Harry’s face disfigured. At the end the Sandman smashes spiderman witha giant fist while Venom holds him down. Harry Osbourne is stabbed through the chest when he sacrifices his life for Peters. The sexual content is brief! In the beginning Harry is seen coming out of a vent in tight form fitting boxers. At the very start of the movie Peter and Mary Jane are seen making out. Peter does a Sensual Dance. The good is Peter realizes that the suit is taking over his thoughts and mind. He ripps the suit off and we see his bare chest. This movie was a great movie for teens. I loved and so will you!
My Ratings: Good / 5
—TJ, age 13
Negative—I couldn’t believe how dumb this movie was. It wasn’t anything like the first two. The only good part was at the end when Peter and Harry joined forces and fought the two bad guys together. What was up with the dancing down the street, and the dancing in the bar. It was just… stupid.
My Ratings: Average / 1½
—Emily, age 17
Positive—This movie was great. I thought it was the best. I have to say, I’m surprised people find this negative here. Satan feeds off of the negative things inside of us, like the black suit does with Peter. He is an OUTSIDE SOURCE. And Eddie is shown as a misguided person, does he ever say he goes to church regularly? Aunt May, from what we can tell, goes to church, and if she doesn’t, she is still portrayed as some kind of Christian. (She prays “Our Father” in the first movie and says “thank you” to an angel statue in the next). She is portrayed completely positive! And Peter’s ultimate battle is in the church! Oh well. I loved the forgiveness message in the movie, and I almost cried at the end. I think, unless they do the 4th movie (I don’t want them to, though, it might mess up the series), we write Sandman’s ending. He probably will get arrested, but be able to have help for his daughter. Possibly from Peter. Who knows? I still thought it was great. I’m buying it as soon as it’s out.
My Ratings: Excellent! / 5
—Tara Wilson, age 17
Positive—Great movie and an awesome lesson of forgiveness!
My Ratings: Good / 5
—Antonia, age 11
Positive—I woke up more early than usual to see this movie on the opening day, hoping that it would not disappoint me. Of course it did not. I loved it! It was the best movie I ever saw!!!… There were very minor issues like 3 profanities one of witch came out of Peters mouth, but he apologizes and it is telling us what to not do (Parker is under the influence of the blach suit). Violence is commen but hey, what do you expect? It’s Spider-Man! I do not recommend this for young kids, but I do think any person my age and older should see it. Venom is kind of freaky in some scenes to, but not as bad as he is in the comics. I am a huge Spider-Man fan and I was thrilled at this great action flick. Way to go Spidey! You’ve come a long way over the years!
My Ratings: Good / 5
—Dylan, age 12
Negative—“Spider-Man 3” stunk. I wasted my money on it, and I hope that Spider-man 4 will be better. I give it a negative 1. They killed my fav person… 3 bad words, too slow, then too fast, and parts that weren’t needed.
My Ratings: Very Offensive / 1
—Matt, age 12
Neutral—“Spider-Man 3” is much better than the prequels. It has a strong message of forgiveness at the end, which kind of surprised me. While this movie has mild profanity and is violent in some scenes, I highly recommend it.
My Ratings: Good / 4½
—Jocelyn, age 14
Negative—“Spider-Man 3,” in my opinion, was not the greatest movie ever. I thought that the animation, and the people’s acting was great, but trying to kill each other is just not my idea of a good movie. They [Spiderman and his old friend] did become friends again, but having to go through all of the intense fighting scenes was not enjoyable. The only part that I kind of liked was when Spiderman and his friend joined together to fight the evil creatures. But, one of the creatures was a little scary and the whole movie was kind of weird. It had a lot of violence (like when half of this man’s face gets destroyed), and I don’t think that I’ll want to see it again. I guess that it somewhat had the forgivness theme hidden in it (if you can get past all of the revenge and fighting), and wasn’t the worst PG-13 movie that you will see. But, still I would never take my kids to see it, and would not recomend this movie to anyone.
My Ratings: Average / 2
—Sarah Moore, age 13
Movie Critics
…With a budget of $250m, we expected mind-blowing special effects, a top-notch story and a fantastic cast. What we didn’t expect was a film this richly satisfying. …
—David Edwards, London Daily Mirror
…Spidey’s dark side helps Spider-Man III shine… a comic-book franchise that never loses its mission to engage and enthrall.
—Glenn Whipp, L.A. Daily News
…Profanity: Minor… At least 1 ‘_ss,’ 1 ‘d_mn,’ 1 ‘h_ll,’ 2 uses of ‘Oh my G_d’ and 1 use of ‘My G_d.’…
…A huge budget buys more villains but not a better chapter of the franchise…
—Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
…Story falters, effects dazzle…
—Barbara Vancheri, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette