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42 Reviews

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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
May 7, 2014
A dramatization of what Robinson did and what it required, 42 will not disappoint.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Mary F. Pols
TIME Magazine
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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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
May 7, 2014
The style of the film, lush and traditional, is nothing special, but the takeaway, a daily struggle for dignity, is impossibly moving.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Brian D. Johnson
Maclean's Magazine
May 7, 2014
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.
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
May 7, 2014
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 | Original Score: 5/5
Jay Stone
May 7, 2014
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 | Original Score: 3/5
Matthew Lickona
San Diego Reader
May 7, 2014
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.
Graham Corrigan
Film Comment Magazine
May 7, 2014
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.
AP Kryza
Willamette Week
May 7, 2014
42 is a hackneyed, cookie-cutter film that manages to tell us absolutely nothing about a turning point in American history.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Kate Erbland
Film School Rejects
May 7, 2014
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 | Original Score: C+
Matt Prigge
May 7, 2014
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 | Original Score: 3/5
Dann Gire
Chicago Daily Herald
May 7, 2014
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 | Original Score: 3/4
Jim Vejvoda
IGN Movies
May 7, 2014
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 | Original Score: 7.4/10
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail [UK]
May 7, 2014
The film does tell a moving story and delivers a worthwhile message about the importance of turning the other cheek.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Wesley Morris
January 6, 2014
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.
Louis Proyect
December 25, 2013
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.
Robert Denerstein
Movie Habit
November 1, 2013
An old-fashioned mix of baseball nostalgia and social conscience
David Aldridge
Radio Times
September 20, 2013
A sweeping, solid biopic that's nicely acted and evocative of its time, place and prejudice.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
September 20, 2013
It's a moving, involving film that's packed with both snappy characters and a real sense of momentous history.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
September 13, 2013
I wanted to kick Ford/Rickey into next Christmas, and you can add the movie. Its corny triumphalism is barely bearable.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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