Nov 17, 2021
An ugly FX monstrosity that misunderstands the misguided message of the book & fails to address its antiquated notions of race, gender and capitalism. Abysmal fan service from Spielberg, who should be able to shoot and edit a climax better than this
Jul 20, 2021
It's not nostalgia so much as a hyperactive computer algorithm.
Aug 26, 2020
Ready Player One won't be remembered as Spielberg's worst film but it's not his best either. It's a purgatory state of a film that understands the appeal of the book but fails to convey those aspects in a satisfactory manner.
Jul 24, 2020
[I]t's a montage, an audiobook, and a love letter to the art that fuels us. But does it actually emulate the wonder of nostalgia itself? No, not even close.
Jul 8, 2020
Ready Player One serves as a testament to an outdated and erroneous idea of what nerd culture looks like.
Jul 1, 2020
It ultimately feels like a fan fiction gatekeeping exercise, saying loud and clear that if you don't love the right movies or comics or games, or don't appreciate them in the right way, you're not a real fan.
Jul 1, 2020
Like Thomas More making his case in Utopia, the example is so good it distracts from the point, leaving a lot of people scratching their heads at what it all means.
May 29, 2020
While it's doubtful the film will ever occupy a sacred place in the pantheon of its influences and it occasionally struggles to evoke that same feeling you had watching one of the many films it channels.
Jan 10, 2020
Steven Spielberg used his talents to make a movie with a cotton candy heart, and without the emotion his films usually have any good feelings won't last.
Aug 21, 2019
Less about a nerd's worship of his hero than the loneliness of being worshipped by nerds ... In Ready Player One, finding mastery and satisfaction in reiterating the past is inherently melancholy.
Aug 5, 2019
No characters, lead or supporting, feel fully drawn out or have complete arcs.
Jun 18, 2019
To call Ready Player One superficial is irresponsible because that adjective has the word "super" in it. So Ready Player One is, at best, "ficial."
Mar 21, 2019
There are definitely seeds of an interesting premise here, but unfortunately, they degenerate into a bundle of clichés overloaded with pop culture allusions.
Feb 26, 2019
If you're willing to enjoy Ready Player One superficially you'll have a good time. If you spend longer than five minutes thinking about it you'll consider it a crime against cinema.
Feb 24, 2019
It's a repetition of the old bugaboos we know so well, packaged in a slick, CGI-heavy wrapping that is not as interesting as it wants to be.
Jan 29, 2019
... sensorially exhausting pyrotechnics.
Jan 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.
Dec 21, 2018
Dishes out a liberal serving of memberberries piled-high atop a generic, hollow bowl.
Dec 7, 2018
Ready Player One, despite its pedigreed director, amiable cast, and eye-popping visuals, mistakes tired references and slick action sequences for personality
Nov 12, 2018
Ready Player One might not be Spielberg's worst film, but it is his most impersonal.