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Early Ready Player One reactions call the movie fantastic

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‘It’s classic Steven Spielberg’

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Ready Player One may not be the disaster many people assumed it would be.

It only took minutes after the film screened at the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas this weekend for positive reactions to start rolling in. Film critics who managed to get into the screening lauded Spielberg’s technical skills, calling it one of his most accomplished films to date. Even director Robert Rodriguez came out of the film with nothing but astonishment for Spielberg’s achievement.

That sound you’re hearing is the release of bated breath that Ready Player One fans have been holding since the film was first announced. There were concerns that even with Spielberg at the helm, Ready Player One would be ruined — and that was just one sect of the internet. Other critics were concerned that Ready Player One would be nothing more than nostalgia-bait; a sea of cute references without purpose.

Although there were some concerns from a few audience members, Ready Player One seems to be a crowning achievement for Spielberg. Here are some of the best reactions from the premiere:

Positive reactions

Negative reactions

It sounds like the good qualities mostly outweigh the bad, but you’ll be able to see for yourself in a couple of weeks. Ready Player One hits theaters on March 29.