• PG-13, 2 hr. 8 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Brian Helgeland
    In Theaters:
    Apr 12, 2013 Wide
    On DVD:
    Jul 16, 2013
  • Warner Bros. Pictures


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42 Reviews

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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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A dramatization of what Robinson did and what it required, 42 will not disappoint.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

May 7, 2014
Mary F. Pols
TIME Magazine
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It's not easy to play a stoic, but Boseman anchors the movie, and when he smiles, 42, already such a warm story of such cold times, gets even brighter.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

May 7, 2014
Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out New York
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The style of the film, lush and traditional, is nothing special, but the takeaway, a daily struggle for dignity, is impossibly moving.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 4/5

May 7, 2014
Brian D. Johnson
Maclean's Magazine

A hero without imperfections can be problematic. But Jackie's nobility is more than well-earned, and tarnishing it for the sake of balance would be churlish. Besides, there's enough evil at loose among the white characters.

Full Review Source: Maclean's Magazine

May 7, 2014
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review

Boseman gives a potentially star-making performance, while Ford, at 70, segues smoothly from firm-jawed action hero to elder-statesman character actor.

Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review | Original Score: 5/5

May 7, 2014
Jay Stone

It comes with a smooth burnished period look, and it tells a smooth and burnished story. Helgeland has good intentions but not much new to say about a real-life hero who wears his nobility and torment mostly as symbols.

Full Review Source: Canada.com | Original Score: 3/5

May 7, 2014
Matthew Lickona
San Diego Reader

The story isn't much more than a hit parade of "Shut up, racist" moments -- Alan Tudyk's opposing manager just oozes with venomous talk -- but its blunt force is enough to get the job done.

Full Review Source: San Diego Reader

May 7, 2014
Graham Corrigan
Film Comment Magazine

As a fond gesture to a country coming out of the dark ages, 42 is a good-hearted attempt at Robinson's story regardless of the historical realities it chose to gloss over.

Full Review Source: Film Comment Magazine

May 7, 2014
AP Kryza
Willamette Week

42 is a hackneyed, cookie-cutter film that manages to tell us absolutely nothing about a turning point in American history.

Full Review Source: Willamette Week | Original Score: D+

May 7, 2014
Kate Erbland
Film School Rejects

The film certainly feels both well-meaning and well-intentioned, but 42 can't quite find a suitable tone or flow, fluctuating between quiet moments that convey tremendous emotion and over-the-top, hammy, stagey, and exposition-heavy sequences.

Full Review Source: Film School Rejects | Original Score: C+

May 7, 2014
Matt Prigge

42 seems savvier than it tends to let on. A stiff production, it's still enlivened, as it were, by the hilarious stiffness of Ford.

Full Review Source: Metro | Original Score: 3/5

May 7, 2014
Dann Gire
Daily Herald (IL)

42 pitches an old-fashioned, spiritually uplifting sports drama at the same time it hits a resonant and timely home run for social equality.

Full Review Source: Daily Herald (IL) | Original Score: 3/4

May 7, 2014
Jim Vejvoda
IGN Movies

42 is a solid crowd-pleaser about courage, endurance, justice and tolerance, but also about love: Robinson's love for his wife, the bromance between Robinson and Rickey, and their love for the game of baseball.

Full Review Source: IGN Movies | Original Score: 7.4/10

May 7, 2014
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail [UK]

The film does tell a moving story and delivers a worthwhile message about the importance of turning the other cheek.

Full Review Source: Daily Mail [UK] | Original Score: 3/5

May 7, 2014
Wesley Morris
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So 66 years after Robinson became the first black major league baseball player, here we are with 42, which has been made with such reverence for Robinson's importance that Robinson is barely there.

Full Review Source: Grantland

January 6, 2014
Louis Proyect

While the film leaves out the civil rights movement that played a role in making Branch Rickey's mind up that segregated baseball was done, it is still first-rate. Family entertainment of the best kind.

Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews

December 25, 2013
Robert Denerstein
Movie Habit

An old-fashioned mix of baseball nostalgia and social conscience

Full Review Source: Movie Habit

November 1, 2013
David Aldridge
Radio Times

A sweeping, solid biopic that's nicely acted and evocative of its time, place and prejudice.

Full Review Source: Radio Times | Original Score: 2/5

September 20, 2013
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

It's a moving, involving film that's packed with both snappy characters and a real sense of momentous history.

Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall | Original Score: 4/5

September 20, 2013
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times

I wanted to kick Ford/Rickey into next Christmas, and you can add the movie. Its corny triumphalism is barely bearable.

Full Review Source: Financial Times | Original Score: 1/5

September 13, 2013
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