Steven Spielberg's Movies, Ranked Worst to Best

From 'Raiders' to 'Ready Player One,' the King of Hollywood's work from completists-only to modern classics

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25. 'Ready Player One' (2018)

Spielberg's frantic, overloaded film of Ernest Cline’s cult novel – about a future where millions of gamers compete in a massive multiplayer virtual contest for control – is partly a nostalgic throwback to his heyday (references to the 1980s, and to movies he had a hand in, abound) and partly a cautionary tale about the indulgent, runaway fantasy world he himself helped create. Is it just one giant, indulgent bit of nerd service? Or does it actually have something interesting to say? (Whoa, wait – could it be both?) One suspects that people will be arguing about this movie for a long time. The movie definitely got some rough spots – some key characters are ill-defined, and Spielberg seems more interested in trying to dazzle us than to move us, which is uncharacteristic for him. But it's fascinating watching the guy who helped make blockbuster sci-fi spectacles a thing so many years ago try to redefine the very genre with which he's so often identified.

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