Ready Player One

Critics Consensus

Ready Player One is a sweetly nostalgic thrill ride that neatly encapsulates Spielberg's strengths while adding another solidly engrossing adventure to his filmography.

72%

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Total Count: 411

77%

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User Ratings: 24,284
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In the year 2045, people can escape their harsh reality in the OASIS, an immersive virtual world where you can go anywhere, do anything, be anyone-the only limits are your own imagination. OASIS creator James Halliday left his immense fortune and control of the Oasis to the winner of a contest designed to find a worthy heir. When unlikely hero Wade Watts conquers the first challenge of the reality-bending treasure hunt, he and his friends-known as the High Five-are hurled into a fantastical universe of discovery and danger to save the OASIS and their world.

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Cast

Tye Sheridan
as Wade Owen Watts / Parzival
Olivia Cooke
as Samantha Evelyn Cook / Art3mis
Ben Mendelsohn
as Nolan Sorrento
Simon Pegg
as Ogden Morrow
Hannah John-Kamen
as F'Nale Zandor
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Critic Reviews for Ready Player One

All Critics (411) | Top Critics (53)

  • It is, despite Spielberg's claims, neither a purehearted popcorn flick nor a Paul Verhoevenesque subversion, but something uneasily in between, cowed by the idea of the fanboy demographic.

    Apr 4, 2018 | Full Review…
  • I saw the film in IMAX, and a week later I'm still waiting for the safe return of my optic nerves, but it was the meagre emotional charge that shocked me most.

    Apr 2, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Spielberg wants us to drop the techno-gadgets and join hands, but it's the VR world that really juices him. He's the ultimate fanboy making a movie about the need to move beyond being a fan.

    Mar 30, 2018 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
  • So much of Ready Player One is assembled from the detritus of our past that it is less a film and more an overstuffed cultural recycling bin.

    Mar 30, 2018 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • A blast of pure childlike amusement.

    Mar 30, 2018 | Rating: A | Full Review…
  • Life in the OASIS is exciting and wondrous to behold through your avatar's oversized anime eyes, but it doesn't mean much without some real-world stakes, and that's where the film stumbles, badly.

    Mar 29, 2018 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Ready Player One

  • Jun 28, 2019
    A whimsical slice of sci-fi adventure. Reasonable acting and the polished visuals we all expect from Spielberg. I suspect I would have given it less stars if I wasn't fond of the 80s and 90s childhood experience. For better or worse the film draws extensively on childhood tropes and memories of that era. I think it would be a solid film without that notstalgia, but if that is your flavour of childhood wonder, you'll really enjoy Ready Player One. The acting overall was okay. The villain was vanilla and I am not sure the script gives the emotional range needed for the protagonists to shine. What the film does do right though is that it is emmersive and fun. Oasis is believable and the rules of this not so far away future internally work, well enough at least. The visuals are pretty and can go way over the top without being disruptive to the flow and tempo of the movie. It spoils little to say the movie is basically watching an 80s video game unfold. This combined with a thorough PG tone maybe limits the film's emotional pay off but I think it just made it more fun. This is movie that did fun well. A worthwhile watch and highly recommended for anyone whose inner child craves a flash back to their favourite 80s and 90s nostalgia.
    Shane S Super Reviewer
  • Apr 03, 2019
    From director Steven Spielberg comes the fantasy-adventure film Ready Player One. Set in the not too distant future, a group of gamers compete in a virtual reality game set up by its designer to determine who will be his heir and inherit the virtual reality world that he created; but to win they'll have to decipher clues in the game relating the designer's life and his love of '80s pop-culture. The animation is really good, particular in creating a look and feel for the virtual world that seems realistic and is able to incorporate dozens of different properties from Back to the Future, to Freddy Kruger, to King Kong. And the action scenes are incredibly exciting and dynamic; featuring a number of different kinds of chases and fights. Also, the soundtrack is extraordinarily well-done and is packed with classic hits from the '80s. A visual wonder, Ready Player One is tremendously entertaining and fun.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Mar 02, 2019
    If you want to read the review I wrote for this, go to letterboxd.com/HankIsDead514. I can no longer post long reviews on here and I'm not writing two separate reviews for the same movie.
    Jesse O Super Reviewer
  • Jan 22, 2019
    Can you imagine watching this if you didn't give a fuck about the '80s? Like there's nothing that happens in Ready Player One that isn't a reference to something at least, but almost all of them are '80s references. I mean I worship at the altar of 1980s' references on a daily basis, and even for me this was only so-so, I fear to imagine what Ready Player One might be like for someone who actually demands originality. Honestly, it was better than I was expecting, I'll front to that. The promotional campaign for this had the barometer for my excitement on this at a firm zero, and by the time I had finished watching it I was surprised to find I had actually enjoyed multiple things about it, but Ready Player One is an exercise in lack of subtlety, and really tries your limits on suspension of disbelief. Not because of the fantastical endless virtual world inhabited by near every creation since the dawn of pop-culture, but because of the character interactions in their "real world".
    Gimly M Super Reviewer

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