In 2011, Ernest Cline delivered his novel Ready Player One to the masses, and it went on to earn numerous accolades, including becoming a New York Times bestseller. Seven years later, the cinematic adaptation helmed by Steven Spielberg is just about to hit theaters, allowing both fans of the novel and folks who'd never heard of it until now to experience the wonders of the OASIS on the big screen. As a pop culture smorgasbord, the Ready Player One movie clearly delivers and then some, just like the novel. But how is the movie itself being received by critics? Well, reviews are now plentiful online, and the overall consensus seems to be that Ready Player One is another solid entry in Spielberg's resume, if not necessarily ranking near the top of the list.
Starting off, CinemaBlend's own Conner Schwerdtfeger noted that where Ready Player One lacks in plot, it makes up for in technical achievement and finding an emotional core that wasn't present in the novel.
EW's Chris Nashawaty was another fan of Ready Player One, saying that the movie was a great fit for Steven Spielberg, even if he doesn't quite stick the landing.
However, not all the reviews towards Ready Player One have leaned towards positive. Christy Lemire from RogerEbert.com noted that Ready Player One suffers from relying too much on fandom references, with the movie itself being unsubstantial.
Back to warmer reception, USA Today's Brian Truitt praised Ready Player One for its many visual achievements, though also noted that it's the "human" moments that serve as the movie's "soul."
Alonso Duralde from The Wrap, on the other hand, wasn't impressed with Ready Player One, saying that the story was boring and that Steve Spielberg might not have been the best choice to tackle the source material.
These are just a few of the many Ready Player One reviews published online, so feel free to scour the interwebs and ready what other people have to say about the movie.You can also judge Ready Player One for yourself starting tomorrow, March 29. For those of you interesting in planning your trips to the theater for the rest of the year, you can check out our 2018 release schedule.
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