Forbes closes with this:
Ready Player One is Steven Spielberg at the top of his game, a heaping helping of exhilarating summer popcorn spectacle delivered ahead of schedule for springtime. The director reminds us once more why he is recognized as one of the all-time greatest filmmakers, and an original founder of blockbuster cinema.The Verge says it's better than the book. BBC Culture calls it "dazzling stuff" and says, "Spielberg isn’t just making this territory his own, but demonstrating that it was his all along". Empire Online concludes, "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." Hollywood Reporter calls it a "rollicking adventure".