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Ready Player One Reviews

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January 26, 2019
It's a movie with a storytelling approach that feels as old and cliched as some of the inspirations it's trying to evoke.
December 21, 2018
Dishes out a liberal serving of memberberries piled-high atop a generic, hollow bowl.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 7, 2018
Ready Player One, despite its pedigreed director, amiable cast, and eye-popping visuals, mistakes tired references and slick action sequences for personality
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
October 29, 2018
Although there are some fun sequences and genuine wonder to behold, the film is a pandering, noisy, visual mess with a thin plot and even thinner characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
October 27, 2018
If you're impressed by a wave of nostalgic nods to the past, at the expense of anything remotely interesting itself, this is really the film for you.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
October 16, 2018
The silver screen has rarely felt so lacking in allure, which is either the complete opposite of the point that Spielberg is trying to make or the absolute epitome of it.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
August 27, 2018
Ready Player One feels empty when you explore its characters, and tries to have its cake and eat it too with the climactic message, which feels downright incongruous with everything thrown at us during the previous two hours.
August 28, 2018
If Spielberg had found a way to inject even a bit of the warmth, wonder, and intelligence we associate with some of his best-loved films, this might have been something special.
August 21, 2018
Nerds and gamers are more than simply white men of a certain age, guys. Give us all characters we can enjoy and embrace.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
August 14, 2018
For all of the fun that "Ready Player One" thinks it is having, if you look behind the curtain of its stratagems you'll find a ho-hum young adult sci-fi movie.
Full Review | Original Score: C
June 28, 2018
The movie doesn't understand what it means to turn the Iron Giant into a weapon, and worse, neither do the characters. There's no actual nostalgia in this nostalgic epic.
May 18, 2018
The end result is a a confusing and muddled message about the "purity" of fandom.
March 11, 2018
An overabundance of pop culture references can't save Ready Player One from its own mediocrity
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
October 16, 2018
READY PLAYER ONE is the prime example of just how hollow big budget filmmaking has become and ranks as one of the worst movies Spielberg has ever made, even though it represents an amalgamation of what has made his movies so iconic.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
March 27, 2018
Ready Player One is visually pleasing but at the end of the day, it's just another film heavy on Easter eggs and short on character development.
April 4, 2018's just so hollow, and the characters so shallow, and the world so unexamined that Ready Player One never gets off the ground.
March 29, 2018
It's nostalgia for the sake of nostalgia, and by the time its end credits roll, one wonders if there was anything worth being nostalgic about in the first place.
July 19, 2018
Under the barrage of 1980s macho-nerd pandering, the whole thing is just more exhausting than it should be.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
April 4, 2018
But more often than not, it falls into the same trap, preferring to throw reference after reference at the screen without exploring why the sources of those references resonate with the characters, or the audience.
March 28, 2018
The movie is wall-to-wall pop culture references, and while that's exhausting and tedious, it's also inevitable that you it will manage to push your own specific nostalgia buttons.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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