Reviews

Aug 27, 2021
A heckin fun movie, full of stunning action sequences and laughs and winks at the kids who grew up watching Back to the Future and Jurassic Park and E.T. and Indiana Jones.
Aug 27, 2018
It's pure entertainment, and gives Spielberg an easel to prop his sentimental painting on, and all the colors on his palette to do so.
Apr 5, 2018
For all its ferocious energy, Ready Player One strikes me as the product of a cinema of exhaustion-it's a film about having come too far and being at the end of something, where extraordinary things no longer mean much, or have become toxic.
Apr 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.
Apr 4, 2018
Turns out that treating the movies entirely as a jungle gym brings out Peter Pan's inner brat. He's made a movie for lost boys.
Apr 4, 2018
Ready Player One is a pageant of now-dated pop culture references, an elaborate feat of CGI and copyright clearance, with images from games and movies speeding past, to the tune of Van Halen and A-Ha.
Apr 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.
Apr 1, 2018
This is hardly Spielberg's most creative genre work - but...it does speak to the joyful, unapologetic classicism of his film-making style.
Mar 30, 2018
Ready Player One may be a movie about the future, but it is damningly a product of our present.
Mar 30, 2018
It's a little hard not to feel like the emperor isn't wearing any clothes.
Mar 30, 2018
Ready Player One needs to throw as many shiny things with nostalgic value at you as it can to cover up how boring the entire affair is.
Mar 30, 2018
It may be impossible to separate Ready Player One from its references, and without the Easter eggs, inside jokes, and endless homages, Ready Player One doesn't offer much that is unique to itself.
Mar 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.
Mar 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.
Mar 30, 2018
A blast of pure childlike amusement.
Mar 30, 2018
Fans of Ernest Cline's book are already grumbling about the changes and omissions in this expansive, expensive adaptation. I enjoyed the film more than I expected to--but felt that it went on too long and squandered its potential in the process.
Mar 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.
Mar 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.
Mar 29, 2018
Ready Player One certainly isn't just a film, it's an experience. It's a game... and we all win.
Mar 29, 2018
It's all blind, superficial adoration devoid of the very sort of adult perspective it so desperately requires.