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Despite Twitter Backlash, Ready Player One First Reactions Are Positive

Steven Spielberg's adaptation of Ready Player One premiered Sunday night at the SXSW Film Festival in Austin, Texas, overcoming technical problems to earn a standing ovation from the crowd. However, that response didn't stop at the door to the Paramount Theater, but instead spread onto social media in the form of spoiler-free first reactions.

Ernest Cline's novel has always been divisive, even inspiring a venomous podcast from Rifftrax, and online chatter about Spielberg's film had begun to shift toward the negative in recent weeks. But Sunday's screening appears to have renewed excitement for Ready Player One.

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Here's a selection of the first reactions to Ready Player One:

Emily Yoshida, known to readers of Vulture and fans of Blank Check With Griffin and David, thinks the movie is going to be enormous.

Not everyone was charmed, however. Kristy Puchko of Pajiba and Slashfilmcast found the whole thing "crass." Britt Hayes of ScreenCrush had to sum up her feelings with a caustic screenshot.

The world at large will get a chance to react to the film soon enough; its wide release is only a few weeks away. The only sure thing is that Ready Player One will continue to inspire strong reactions in everyone who sees it.

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In theaters March 29, Ready Player One stars Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Win Morisaki, Lena Waithe, Hannah John-Kamen, Simon Pegg, Mark Rylance, Ben Mendelsohn, TJ Miller, Ralph Ineson and Letitia Wright.

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