42 Reviews

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December 3, 2020
It's as if the film is trying to meet a quota, doling out emotional moments, enough adversity for any underdog, and a touch of manipulation.
September 10, 2020
42 is a fine tribute to a man's ability to endure for the better off all and the insightful visionary who put it all in motion.
September 7, 2020
Chadwick Boseman has been around Hollywood for a few years, mostly in television, but this should be the role that allows the young actor to blossom.
August 29, 2020
Boseman delivers a strong performance, particularly during a scene where he endures a relentless string of N-word taunts. Boseman chose this scene for his audition piece, smashing a plastic wiffleball bat against a chair in the audition room.
June 19, 2020
Brian Helgeland depicts how agonizing the struggle is for any despised minority to get their foot in the door. 42 climaxes at the apex of baseball legend Jackie Robinson's first season in a Brooklyn Dodger uniform.
April 2, 2020
Director Brian Helgeland's "42" (2013) is a moving biopic about Jackie Robinson.
April 10, 2019
Boseman and Ford are outstanding in their roles. Boseman captures Robinson's inner struggle, while Ford delivers his best performance in a while.
March 2, 2019
In his most challenging role to date, Boseman's Robinson is suitably charismatic and earnest, giving us a human portrayal of an icon that's easy to get behind.
January 26, 2019
42 explains eloquently how and why Jackie Robinson became an enduring American hero, with extraordinary baseball prowess perhaps the least notable of his accomplishments.
November 1, 2018
Just go. That's really all I have to say. A Jackie Robinson biopic was long overdue and this is an A+ effort. It's a 9.
October 10, 2018
42 manages to capture everything I know of Robinson and put it on the big screen so everyone can appreciate exactly what that number truly means.
August 7, 2018
It may not be a cinematic grand slam, but "42" does a fine job sharing and celebrating Robinson's legacy, which makes it a solid win.
June 22, 2018
This story is a tough one to hit the right notes on, but Oscar winning screenwriter of LA Confidential, Brian Helgeland, does just that.
November 29, 2017
Director Brian Helgeland's 42 may not be the greatest baseball movie of all time ... but it may tell baseball's most important story.
September 5, 2017
Mythic material, beautifully done, the winning performances and telling (true) incidents make this one not just for baseball devotees.
August 18, 2017
The game sequences are riveting, not only when Jackie slams a homer or steals a base, but also in the jubilance of him overcoming the negative atmosphere in which he was playing.
March 7, 2017
This honorable and enlightening film pays due respect to Jackie Robinson -- a sports legend and courageous American hero.
April 8, 2016
The Jackie Robinson story has always been more than deserving of a gaudy big-screen telling, and Helgeland is happy to oblige.
May 7, 2014
A dramatization of what Robinson did and what it required, 42 will not disappoint.
May 7, 2014
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.
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