‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ is a hit with critics as official reviews land

Sam Ashurst
Contributor
Spider-Man: Far From Home (Sony Pictures)

The Spider-Man: Far From Home reviews are in, and it’s mostly good news for Peter Parker and his pals.

While Far From Home doesn’t reach the perfect five-star heights of Homecoming, the final film of Marvel Phase 3 is considered solid by most reviewers, even if some outlets feel it’s the least essential MCU movie for a while.

It’s currently got a 91% approval on Rotten Tomatoes from 41 reviews counted, so it’s currently trailing Homecoming’s 92% Tomatometer rating by just one point.

Still, with even the negative reviews singling Tom Holland out for praise, the future of the MCU is in safe, but sticky, hands.

Check out the review highlights below, and click through for the full takes.

Games Radar (4 / 5 stars): “Holland cements his position as the finest live-action wall-crawler. His physicality is flawless, but its Pete’s endearingly goofy demeanour that sets him apart from webheads past, the film never forgetting that Pete is a teenager dealing with responsibilities no-one his age should have thrust upon them. When he confides in a sympathetic Mysterio that he wants a break from saving the world, it feels completely relatable, despite the comically exaggerated stakes.”

Empire (4 / 5 stars): Far From Home is a looser film than Homecoming, with pacing that occasionally slackens, and a compulsion to give every minor character time to shine. But it’s a light-footed summer blockbuster that faces Endgame’s monolithic legacy head-on, before leaving it behind to embark on its own globetrotting adventure. The MCU doesn’t need a new Iron Man yet — Far From Home proves it’s more than safe in the web-slinging hands of Spider-Man.”

Spider-Man: Far From Home (Sony Pictures)

Entertainment Weekly (B grade): “I wound up liking Far From Home more than any Spider-Man film this decade. There’s something eerie in the constant assertion of Tony Stark as Tycoon SuperJesus — but don’t underestimate the shifty layers the final act. The hero worship has a slippery quality here, with a less cheerful purpose than the sincere devotion of Homecoming or Into the Spider-Verse.”

USA Today (3 / 4 stars): “Watts’ two Spider-Man films are aces at prioritising the high-school experience over the superhero stuff: Far From Home tackles young romance, summer flings and the way two kids can “fall in love” in just a matter of hours. Marvel hasn’t always done that sort of stuff well – look how many movies it took Captain America to finally kiss soulmate Peggy Carter – but there’s a fun “Will they or won’t they?” push-and-pull between Holland and Zendaya.”

The Guardian (3 / 5 stars): “Holland is very good but he needs someone to play against, someone with Downey’s heft. That someone could well be Zendaya, as MJ, the great love of Peter Parker’s life. We shall have to see how the Marvel franchise plays this romance in forthcoming episodes.”

IndieWire (2.5 / 5 stars): “The Spider-Man we find at the end of the movie is no different than the one we met at the start; he’s more confident now, and ready to accept a truth of his own design, but you can’t help but feel like he could have learned all of the same things without leaving Queens or wasting our time.”

New York Post (2 / 5 stars): “The end of “Far From Home” suggests that Spider-Man will likely be at the center of the next phase of the MCU. So, Mr. Watts, do heed the sage advice of Uncle Ben: With great power comes great responsibility… and, ideally, better plotlines.”

Spider-Man: Far From Home is in UK cinemas on 2 July.