42 Reviews

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Henry Fitzherbert
Daily Express
September 12, 2013
Newcomer Chadwick Boseman is very likeable in the lead and has a nice rapport with Harrison Ford here having fun as the Dodgers' shrewd owner, Branch Rickey.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Mike McCahill
Guardian
September 12, 2013
Rousing climaxes, mostly well-earned, arrive every half-hour.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Emma Dibdin
Digital Spy
September 12, 2013
A predictable but stirring underdog story that's less po-faced than it initially threatens to be.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David Gritten
Daily Telegraph
September 12, 2013
Boseman gives Robinson personal self-assurance to match his physical confidence; and it's enjoyable to watch Ford stretching into a character role as the stubborn, shrewd but good-hearted Rickey.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Chris Blohm
Little White Lies
September 12, 2013
It's a gloriously sentimental, shamelessly enjoyable slice of apple pie that sugar-coats on a Willy Wonka scale.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
September 12, 2013
Powerfully emotional and impressively acted, 42 is a superbly made biopic that tells the important story of one of the most significant figures in American history.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film
September 12, 2013
A handsome and suprisingly sturdy undertaking that explores the insidious effects of racism with a sharp eye.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Stefan Pape
HeyUGuys
September 11, 2013
If it hadn't been for the number on the back of Robinson's shirt, 42 could easily have stood for the amount of times this film makes you burst into tears.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Eddie Harrison
The List
September 10, 2013
Helgeland has crafted a decent sport movie, but one that feels too sanitized and feels too educationally minded to prove any genuine thought.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Ian Nathan
Empire Magazine
September 9, 2013
A well-told but square biopic doing justice to Jackie Robinson rather than exploring him.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Emma Morgan
Total Film
September 9, 2013
It's a schmaltzy, sanitised take on a tumultuous time, but even without edge or insight the story hits an emotional home run.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
September 5, 2013
A workout for the emotions in the story of Jackie Robinson as a civil rights pioneer in the segregated sport of baseball in the 1940s.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jeremy Lebens
We Got This Covered
July 16, 2013
Brian Helgeland's 42 is a serviceable biopic that graces over the serious drama in exchange for a quick emotional reactions.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Forrest Hartman
Reno Gazette-Journal
July 16, 2013
Writer-director Brian Helgeland delivers his best movie with 42, a sharp, earnest tale about Jackie Robinson's contributions to Major League Baseball.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Eric D. Snider
TwitchFilm
July 12, 2013
To criticize 42 very harshly would be like kicking a puppy. It's too nice, too well-meaning to warrant dislike.
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
July 12, 2013
The Western and musical may be all but dead, but the relatively recent 'civil rights' genre thrives. Americans apparently crave reassuring re-enactments of racial progress and inspiring and shameful history lessons, coated in the honey glaze of nostalgia.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Mike McGranaghan
Film Racket
July 10, 2013
Even if it isn't the most in-depth telling of Robinson's extraordinary journey, it is nonetheless a marvelously entertaining tribute to a very important man.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Todd Jorgenson
Cinemalogue.com
June 12, 2013
Considering the accomplishments of its subject both on and off the field, Robinson deserved better than standard-issue Hollywood hagiography.
John Serba
MLive.com
June 4, 2013
Endearing and watchable. But it has the simplistic tone of a grade-school textbook.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger
May 13, 2013
Writer-director Brian Helgeland never balks in letting us experience the ugliness of racism over and over, as Robinson forces himself to bite his tongue as slurs, insults and baseballs are fired at his increasingly cool head.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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