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Ready Player One Reviews

April 4, 2018
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.
April 2, 2018
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.
March 30, 2018
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
March 30, 2018
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 30, 2018
A blast of pure childlike amusement.
Full Review | Original Score: A
March 29, 2018
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
March 29, 2018
Haptics weren't needed to feel the emotional pull of his best films; they aimed for the heart and hit much more often than they missed. "Ready Player One" aims for the adrenal gland.
March 29, 2018
Many of the book's references to Spielberg's cultural artifacts have been stripped away, but he imbibes the movie with flashes of colour and heart that rekindle a sense of wonderment that will transport many viewers back to their childhoods.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 29, 2018
Amid this special-effects maelstrom, Wade Watts never emerges as a character, and the taciturn Sheridan is in constant danger of being out-acted by his own avatar. Who can connect with a hero when he's just watching the story?
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
March 29, 2018
Just as Ready Player One moves back and forth between fantasy and reality, it's difficult not to admire the facility with which Spielberg oscillates between this sort of sprawling, popcorn-munching exercise and a character-driven historical drama.
March 29, 2018
A lively and agreeable work of fanboy art - a first-rate film fashioned from secondhand materials.
March 29, 2018
For all its faults, the movie has a sense of fun that is hard to ignore, and it's clear that it comes from a place of genuine affection for the referenced material.
Full Review | Original Score: B
March 29, 2018
That's what Ready Player One ends up feeling like: a decent meal with tantalizing hints of something more complex, a Big Mac with Roquefort sprinkled on top.
Top Critic
March 29, 2018
The plot's not going to tax anyone over the age of 12, but Spielberg crams the screen with visuals eye-popping enough to make viewers not care .
March 29, 2018
For those looking for Ready Player One to condemn the digi-verse as a destructive force against human connection, find another movie. Spielberg's mindbending joyride won't quit even when the head-spinning spectacle hits sensory overload. Game on.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 29, 2018
If you are too young to be insatiable for this era-specific nostalgia bait, a lot of the movie is hitting points you won't follow. If you're old enough to catch them, you have more important things to do.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 29, 2018
It overuses '80s nostalgia as shorthand for genuine emotional involvement, and it presents us with a rapturous digital wonderworld only to sternly lecture us that reality is the better value.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 29, 2018
What the film lacks in substance, it makes up for in style.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
March 28, 2018
Ready Player One has no obligation to be a rigorous intellectual exercise, even if it amounts to a wasted opportunity...it doesn't have to be so facile, either. Maybe next time the screenwriters shouldn't set the difficulty mode to easy.
March 28, 2018
Its plot is complexity itself, but its "kids save the world" soul is simple and earnest as opposed to earth shattering. With apologies to Bill and Ted, it's an excellent adventure, and let's leave it at that.
March 28, 2018
For every obscure sci-fi nod, there's a crowd-pleasing Spielbergian trope: Scrappy hero crushing on an independent gal? Check. Friends banding together? Got 'em. Greedy corporate villain? Yep.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 28, 2018
Mr. Spielberg navigates this warehouse with his usual dexterity, loading every frame with information without losing the clarity and momentum of the story.
March 28, 2018
The special effects team create technical marvels, which are as thrilling as going on a theme-park ride.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 28, 2018
Ready Player One is entertaining enough, and it's certainly well-made, but what truly stands out is the filmmaker's prevailing-present sense of bemused disgust at the way his offspring are spending their time.
March 28, 2018
The action is breathless and non-stop, both in the virtual reality and the reality reality, but wallowing in '80s nostalgia is only so much fun for so long.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 28, 2018
Spielberg fights mightily to keep that randomness under control, and usually succeeds. He's made a good movie. But the malleability of the story prevents it from being something more.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
March 27, 2018
If "Ready Player One" is tedious at times, it's also oodles of fun at others ...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 27, 2018
By a whisker, Spielberg wins the race against his own material.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 27, 2018
I've seen "Ready Player One," and now my eyeballs need a vacation.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Top Critic
March 27, 2018
Again and again, the movie's setting - and Spielberg's practiced craftsmanship - help turn some of its manifold potential bugs into features.
March 27, 2018
Might mark the beginning of a new era in filmmaking or the end of an old one, but either way it feels like a failed experiment in building a new story on the carcasses of old movies, TV shows and video games.
March 27, 2018
It's good to see Spielberg, at 71, still finding new forms of cinematic language with which to express his humanism.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 27, 2018
Spielberg deftly switches between the blinking, bleeping world of the OASIS and the grayer, grittier reality outside. Meanwhile, there's a touch of innocence that never lets us forget this dazzling spectacle is still basically a fairy tale.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
March 27, 2018
So how does it all come together? Pretty marvellously from a visual point of view, maybe less so from one a narrative one.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
March 27, 2018
At its best, Ready Player One unfolds like unstructured free time for Hollywood's biggest kid, unleashed in a playground he helped construct, one Amblin entertainment at a time.
Full Review | Original Score: B
March 27, 2018
It is without a question one of the year's most energetic, visually rewarding, and ultimately exhausting motion pictures.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 27, 2018
If Ready Player One had been directed by a 26-year-old, the movie world would be flipping out over the new visionary on the map.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
March 27, 2018
For those who get their fix through pop nostalgia, "Ready Player One" is - for better or worse - an indulgent, dizzying overdose.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 27, 2018
Steven Spielberg's sci-fi popcorn fantasia Ready Player One feels like a movie made by someone in his 20s rather than his 70s.
Full Review | Original Score: B
March 27, 2018
The movie is crammed with excitement and good humor, from a rampaging King Kong to an orc with an attitude to an elaborate dip into "The Shining."
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 27, 2018
Ready Player One's an entertaining nostalgia trip that wears its influences proudly but throws them at such dizzying force that sometimes you feel like you're buried under Chuck E. Cheese tokens.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 27, 2018
It tricks you into thinking it has the stakes, distracting with the old razzle dazzle and hoping you don't pop open the hood and kick the tires on this story, which turns out to be a lemon.
March 26, 2018
Despite some sensory overload, there's no denying Steven Spielberg is a master at crafting mind-blowing action sequences. Might as well jump to it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 22, 2018
You're left with the overriding sensation of a master playing someone else's greatest hits.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
March 12, 2018
When you're watching Ready Player One, you can almost feel the legendary director sitting next to you, laughing at the references, thrilled with the action, and eating his popcorn. You definitely need popcorn for this one.
March 12, 2018
Eventually, "Ready Player One" becomes the very thing its characters admire, a preponderance of commercial entertainment smashed together into a singularity of blockbuster chaos.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
March 12, 2018
It's an accomplished and intermittently hypnotic movie. Yet you may feel like you're occupied more than you are invested.
March 12, 2018
A rollicking adventure through worlds both bleak and fantastic, Steven Spielberg's Ready Player One makes big changes to the specifics and structure of Ernest Cline's best-selling novel but keeps the spirit and level-up thrills intact.