With twenty reviews counted, “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” stands at a stunning 100% and with an 8.2/10 rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Critics have gone gaga for the film, calling it the best animated film of the year and some dub it the best Spider-Man film to date.
At last report, the $90 million budget film was tracking for a fairly soft $30 million opening, but such good word of mouth will likely see that number rise in the coming weeks before the film’s release. Here’s a sampling of the reviews so far:
“A free-wheeling, fast-and-loose, strikingly animated addition to one of the biggest library of films in the Marvel collection. This is not to deny the pleasures and welcome arrival of this fresh new approach to all things Spidey, the new cast of characters and the adventurous approach to animation that invigorates before staying too long at the party…” – Todd McCarthy, THR
“Tthe brilliance of Sony’s snappy new animated film shows itself in the project’s uncanny ability to simultaneously reset and expand all that has come before, creating an inclusive world where pretty much anybody can be the superhero. In this universe, where audiences are suffering from the very real phenomenon of superhero overload, ambition and originality are to be encouraged, especially it broadens the mythology to include women, people of color, and yes, even that hammiest of scene-stealers, Peter Porker…” – Peter DeBruge, Variety
“Tragic news for anyone who’s sick of superhero movies: “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” completely reinvigorates the genre, reaffirms why it’s resonating with a diverse modern audience that’s desperate to fight the power, and reiterates to us how these hyper-popular spandex myths are able to reinvent themselves on the fly whenever things get stale…” – David Ehrlich, Indiewire
“It captures the sprawling interconnectivity of comic-book universes in a way that no other feature film has. Anything can happen, and it usually does. It’s incredibly thrilling to watch, impressively emotional throughout, and easily the best Spider-Man movie since ‘Spider-Man 2’. …” – William Bibbiani, The Wrap
“Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse has more than enough plot and characters to match its ungainly title. Yet rather than trying to ground its wilder ideas, the filmmakers lean into the curves and allow the movie to go confidently berserk. It’s a brightly colored pop-art caricature of what it feels like to flip through a particularly kinetic comic book, and often brilliant in its fusion of old-fashioned and new-fangled aesthetics…” – Jess Hassenger, AV Club
“Happily, all the amiable nonsense that comes pouring out of this movie… is tethered to a boldly imagined origin story with its own potent emotional core. What distinguishes this in the end is that it takes its mission seriously, even when it’s being transparently silly… It’s a sign of a movie not just embracing its hand-drawn comic-book roots, but also striving to be the fullest, truest version of itself it can be…” – Justin Chang, The L.A. Times
“Honestly, I love this movie and I love that it exists. I love that Sony took a risk on a (yes) somewhat complicated premise and turned it into something unique and funny and daring (and weird). This animated movie has more heart and emotion than most live actions films of this genre…” – Mike Ryan, Uproxx
“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is an explosion of pop art visuals, hyper kinetic action, and laugh-a-minute dialogue all focusing on a comic book universe at once part of the Marvel Universe and undoubtedly its own crazy thing. It’s a celebration of the entire history of the character, and all the characters, as well as a supremely positive message about believing in yourself and those around you. For my money, It’s easily the best Spider-Man movie of them all…” – Kyle Anderson, Nerdist
“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” opens in cinemas on December 14th.