Ready Player One

Ready Player One

Ready Player One

A billionaire Massively Multiplayer Online game creator posthumously challenges his game's players to find his Easter Egg - his entire fortune - in this pop culture-saturated Spielberg sci-fi thriller, based on the hit novel of the same name. Set in the dystopian society of the year 2045, vast numbers of the planet's population escape the awfulness of reality by entering OASIS, the MMO in which the Easter Egg is hidden. All are able to compete, and it's an eager Wade Watts (Tyler Sheridan) who finds the first clue.

2018Rating: M, Violence & offensive language140 minsUSA
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Flicks, Adam Fresco

Flicks, Adam Fresco

Steven Spielberg, master of 1980s pop culture, helms Ernest Cline’s rollicking sci-fi adventure tale, in which young heroes take on big corporation IOI inside the virtual universe of The Oasis, seeking three keys. These lead to the ultimate prize, an Easter egg granting ownership of late trillionaire James Halliday’s (Mark Rylance) magic kingdom in which everything’s a reference. The plot is Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Halliday is Willy Wonka, and then there’s the huge array of nods to 1980s pop culture. It’s so meta it’s basically South Park’s taco, within a taco, inside a taco.

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Flicks, Luke Buckmaster

Flicks, Luke Buckmaster

It’s rare for Steven Spielberg to make a film so quintessentially of the times. The veteran filmmaker almost always casts his eye back, if not in historical setting (i.e. The Post, Saving Private Ryan, Schindler’s List, Empire of the Sun, The Colour Purple, Lincoln, Amistad, War Horse, Bridge of Spies and Munich) than in aesthetic sensibility. His middle of the road, picture book style rarely signals an overt influence from the zeitgeist; Spielberg’s films are hermetically sealed.

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Variety

Variety

It’s an accomplished and intermittently hypnotic movie. Yet you may feel like you’re occupied more than you are invested.

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Total Film

Total Film

Spielberg gets his game face on with spectacular results. One extended scene - no spoilers! - is as fun as cinema gets.

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Time Out

Time Out

You're left with the overriding sensation of a master playing someone else's greatest hits.

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The Telegraph

The Telegraph

Its vision of a world fixated on cultural nursery food has a spiky topicality and an occasionally piercing satirical bite.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

Others may want to unplug from the paint-by-number characters and shallow plot.

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Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

Spielberg looks at legacy in virtual tribute to himself.

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Newsroom

Newsroom

A film that's as superficial and hollow as one of the season's chocolate treats, but looks as shiny and welcoming.

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IndieWire

IndieWire

It runs too long and drags a bunch in its final third, but make no mistake: This is Spielberg’s biggest crowdpleaser in years, a CGI ride that wields the technology with an eye for payoff.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

A rollicking adventure through worlds both bleak and fantastic...

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FilmInk

FilmInk

This may be the worst film of Spielberg’s career…

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

Spielberg balances sugar-rush nostalgia with an involving story to create a pure, uncynical, cinematic ride that recaptures the magic of his early films.

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