Does Spielberg still have that magic?
Steven Spielberg is one of those rare directors who consistently manages to deliver big, crowd-pleasing blockbusters that also resonate with critics. So it should come as no surprise that Spielberg has tended to fare very well when it comes to the all-important CinemaScore rating. CinemaScores are determined by polling domestic moviegoers on opening night, resulting in a letter grade that serves as a barometer of how moviegoers feel about a new film.
Spielberg’s latest project has just hit theaters, and the verdict is now in. Ready Player One has received an A- CinemaScore, putting it on equal footing with past films like War Horse and Catch Me If You Can.
To get an idea of how audiences have judged previous Spielberg projects, and how those CinemaScores compare to the critical consensus, check out our slideshow breaking down the numbers on every Spielberg film dating back to 1987’s Empire of the Sun (the first to receive a CinemaScore rating).
With Ready Player One now in theaters, be sure to check out our review for Spielberg’s latest. Then read our comprehensive breakdown of the many Easter eggs and references in this pop culture-obsessed adventure.