42 Reviews

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AP Kryza
Willamette Week
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+
Jonathan Lack
We Got This Covered
April 11, 2013
42 is pleasant experience at times, but is a disappointment on the whole, even with great performances from Chadwick Boseman and Harrison Ford.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Matt Patches
Hollywood.com
April 12, 2013
42 proves an important theory on biopics: a historical figure can be too significant for the Hollywood treatment.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Alan Scherstuhl
Village Voice
April 11, 2013
A likable hagiography as nuanced as a plaque at the Cooperstown Hall of Fame.
Kate Erbland
Film School Rejects
May 7, 2014
The film certainly feels both well-meaning and well-intentioned, but 42 can't quite find a suitable tone or flow, fluctuating between quiet moments that convey tremendous emotion and over-the-top, hammy, stagey, and exposition-heavy sequences.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Joshua Starnes
ComingSoon.net
April 12, 2013
42 is enjoyable as hagiography goes, but for a genuinely important subject it has all the density of a soufflé.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
April 11, 2013
More a string of rousing speeches than a narrative.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
April 11, 2013
"42" settles for too little, for being an attractive primer, an introduction to the legend of Robinson and the faith that saw him through.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
April 11, 2013
Mr. Helgeland's ponderously reverential biopic is a string of unearned runs.
Phil Villarreal
COED.com
April 12, 2013
Robinson did more for dudes with female names' rights than any politician or activist. It's no wonder that every Major League team retired his jersey number, which was... Huh. Can't seem to recall.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Drew McWeeny
HitFix
April 11, 2013
If you want to see a completely by-the-numbers Hollywood biopic that indulges a sort of surface-level myth-making, "42" is that film, and I suspect that's exactly the film they set out to make.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Joanna Langfield
The Movie Minute
April 10, 2013
What Jackie Robinson achieved, on and off the baseball field, is the stuff of legend. It deserves to be. This decent, formulaic salute does the job of recounting it, yet never shows half the ambition of the people it depicts.
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
April 10, 2013
The film elevates the story of Jackie Robinson to that of cornball legend rather than just honoring his legitimately uplifting, heroic saga by telling it straight.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
John Hazelton
Screen International
April 10, 2013
The film feels subdued and a little stiff, as if afraid to add too much drama or cinematic style to the historical facts.
Bill Gibron
Film Racket
April 11, 2013
There is more to Jackie Robinson's story than what up on the screen. Sadly, no mere movie could do his legacy justice.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Todd McCarthy
Hollywood Reporter
April 10, 2013
Rather than letting its hero's accomplishments and behavior speak for themselves, Helgeland hammers home every achievement and then puts a halo around it, as if anyone won't get it otherwise.
Brian Orndorf
Blu-ray.com
April 11, 2013
It's an earnest endeavor, but for 2013, it's about time the true grit of Jackie Robinson is celebrated, not just the thick outline of his bravery.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
April 11, 2013
There's not enough of Robinson's back story to convey the full drama of his place in history.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
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
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
April 17, 2013
Competent but superficial historical tribute to baseball legend Jackie Robinson.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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