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42 Reviews

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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.
November 1, 2013
An old-fashioned mix of baseball nostalgia and social conscience
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
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
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
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
September 12, 2013
Rousing climaxes, mostly well-earned, arrive every half-hour.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
September 9, 2013
A well-told but square biopic doing justice to Jackie Robinson rather than exploring him.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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
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
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
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
July 12, 2013
To criticize 42 very harshly would be like kicking a puppy. It's too nice, too well-meaning to warrant dislike.
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