Review Roundup For Spider-Man: No Way Home

Here's what critics are saying about Spidey's latest movie.

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After heroic levels of patience on the part of fans, Spider-Man: No Way Home will finally, finally be hitting theaters on December 17. Although the wait is nearly over, remember to still be careful when looking for or accidentally encountering Spider-Man: No Way Home content online if you care about spoilers--somehow, substantial portions of the film have already been leaked online, which Sony has been moving quickly to stamp out.

Spider-Man: No Way Home is directed by Jon Watts, who helmed both the previous MCU Spidey movies. Tom Holland returns as Peter, with Benedict Cumberbatch as Stephen Strange, Zendaya as MJ, Jacob Batalon as Ned, Jon Favreau as "Happy" Hogan, Marisa Tomei as May, and Benedict Wong as Wong.

As of this writing, the movie has 44 critics giving an aggregate score of 71 on Metacritic. Rotten Tomatoes, meanwhile has 158 reviews netting it a much more impressive 95% fresh. Of course, these scores will shift as the film comes closer to release and finally is out--but all signs seem to point towards checking the movie out if you’re at all interested, and have been waiting all this time.

Below, you'll see a selection of the many reviews of Spider-Man: No Way Home that have already been published. This includes GameSpot's own review.

Spider-Man: No Way Home

  • Directed by: Jon Watts
  • Written by: Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers
  • Starring: Tom Holland, Zendaya, Benedict Cumberbatch, Jacob Batalon, Jon Favreau, Jamie Foxx, Willem Dafoe, Alfred Molina, Benedict Wong
  • Release Date: December 17

GameSpot - 9/10

"The latest Spider-Man movie is a surprisingly resonant trip down memory lane… coupled with some truly stellar performances--Holland is at his absolute best (and most gut-wrenching) here, and some of the returning villains really do serve to remind us that the Spidey movies of old had some of the most spectacular casting in superhero movie history--makes for more stuck-landings on emotional beats than most MCU franchises have in total." - Mason Downey - [Full review]

The Reveal - 3/5

"The MCU is a high-floor/low-ceiling enterprise, and No Way Home is slightly closer to the ceiling than the floor, exactly like all the other Spider-Man movies." - Scott Tobias - [Full review]

Washington Post - 3.5/4

"Spider-Man: No Way Home, for fanatic followers of the webslinger, is a big, fat Christmas present, covered in shiny, blue-and-red wrapping paper and all tied up with a pretty web bow." - Michael O'Sullivan - [Full review]

Empire Magazine - 5/5

"At the risk of getting cheesy, it won't just make you cheer, it'll make you want to hug your friends, too." - Dan Jolin - [Full review]

Chicago Tribune - 3/4

"Casting Tom Holland as Peter Parker was one of the sharper decisions to emerge from the ever-present, oxygen-sucking Marvel Cinematic Universe. What a business model!" - Michael Phillips - [Full review]

The Globe And Mail - 83/100

"What I can say, without angering (almost) anyone, is that Spider-Man: No Way Home is both a gigantic act of franchise-mad hubris, and a ridiculous amount of fun." - Barry Hertz - [Full review]

Slant - 50/100

"There's no attempt to hide that the film is pure fan service, a greatest-hits mashup of Spider-Man's cinematic legacy." - Jake Cole - [Full review]

The Playlist - 67/100

"Spider-Man: No Way Home is maximalist, chock full of familiar characters and callbacks, and sometimes all that greatest-hits reminiscing is diverting and entertaining. But it’s also not very necessary, making for a very regressive, fan-service-y Spider-Man legacy-sequel that’s overly nostalgic for its heydays." - Rodrigo Perez - [Full review]

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