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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 seems savvier than it tends to let on. A stiff production, it's still enlivened, as it were, by the hilarious stiffness of Ford.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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
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
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
May 7, 2014
The drama casts Rickey and Robinson in a heroic light in a story clearly meant to inspire, celebrate a pioneer and jog our collective or selective memory.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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
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