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March 1, 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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 25, 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.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.50/10
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 28, 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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 7, 2014
A dramatization of what Robinson did and what it required, 42 will not disappoint.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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+
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