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Bob Mondello Review: 'Spider-Man 2'

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Bob Mondello Review: 'Spider-Man 2'

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Bob Mondello Review: 'Spider-Man 2'

Web-Slinger Returns for Highly Anticipated Sequel

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Tobey Maguire as the title character in 'Spider-Man 2.' Sony Pictures hide caption

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The parade of summer blockbusters continues this week, with the most eagerly awaited sequel of the year. Spider-Man 2 swings onto thousands of screens on Wednesday.

According to NPR's Bob Mondello, the movie's special effects — from web-spinning through Manhattan to the robotically armed Doctor Octopus — only partly explain the movie's appeal. Mondello says that what makes audiences root for Spider-Man is the frazzled charm of the hero's alter-ego, played by Tobey Maguire.