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Ready Player One (12A)

Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

When the creator of a virtual reality world called the OASIS dies, he releases a video in which he challenges all OASIS users to find his Easter Egg, which will give the finder his fortune.

The critical consensus

Spielberg has seemingly done the impossible: balancing sugar-rush nostalgia with an involving story to create a pure, uncynical, cinematic ride that recaptures the magic of his early films.

****(*)Jonathan Pile, Empire Online, 19/03/2018

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

****(*)Jamie Graham, Total Film, 20/03/2018

This still feels like a relatively minor work in the Spielberg canon - a kids’ movie let down by its own very knowing and adult sensibility.

***(*)(*)Geoffrey Macnab, The Independent, 19/03/2018

Some solid whizz-bang material, but feels like cod roe when it should be caviar.

David Jenkins, Little White Lies, 20/03/2018

Spielberg delivers eye-popping entertainment, packed with reference after reference.

****(*)Angie Errigo, The List, 26/03/2018

It’s a film in which Spielberg’s traditional reverence for the wonder and idealism of youth has had to compromise with wised-up survivalist toughness of the new YA mode. But what extraordinary visuals this films conjures up, with images that appear and disappear like quicksilver memes.

***(*)(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 28/03/2018

Steven Spielberg shows why he is still king of the blockbuster.

***(*)(*)Alistair Harkness, The Scotsman, 30/03/2018

The virtual reality adventure sacrifices depth for chaotic genre pleasures.

****(*)Simran Hans, The Observer, 01/04/2018

Features about Ready Player One (12A)

Steven Spielberg confirms Star Wars references.

Jacob Stolworthy, The Independent, 18/03/2018

Do you buy Spielberg's vision of virtual reality? Discuss with spoilers.

Ben Child, The Guardian, 02/04/2018

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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