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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 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
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