42 Reviews

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May 7, 2014
A dramatization of what Robinson did and what it required, 42 will not disappoint.
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.
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.
January 6, 2014
So 66 years after Robinson became the first black major league baseball player, here we are with 42, which has been made with such reverence for Robinson's importance that Robinson is barely there.
September 12, 2013
Rousing climaxes, mostly well-earned, arrive every half-hour.
September 12, 2013
It's a gloriously sentimental, shamelessly enjoyable slice of apple pie that sugar-coats on a Willy Wonka scale.
April 22, 2013
A square, uninventive, but detailed and stirring bio-pic devoted to the two years in an athlete's life that changed a nation.
April 12, 2013
"This is a competent but mostly unexceptional film about a most extraordinary man."
April 12, 2013
This story inspires and entertains with a vital chapter in this nation's history.
April 12, 2013
The filmmaking is TV-movie-of-the-week dull and Robinson's ordeal is hammered home to the exclusion of virtually everything else in his life.
April 12, 2013
"A kind and decent film, though it doesn't add to Robinson's legacy."
April 12, 2013
[Boseman] captures, in a clenched jaw or a sidelong glance, a lifetime's worth of dearly attained dignity and barely contained rage.
April 12, 2013
In the hallowed frames of 42, the legend is front and centre and still inspiring. Too bad the more interesting man is nowhere to be seen.
April 12, 2013
If anybody deserves to be portrayed as noble, it's Jackie Robinson.
April 12, 2013
An inspiring, old-school biopic that doesn't pull any punches in depicting the ugly racism that Jackie Robinson faced on a daily basis as the first African-American player in Major League Baseball.
April 12, 2013
A stirring, straightforward and ultimately soaring portrayal of Robinson's historic entry into Major League Baseball in 1947.
April 11, 2013
The beauty of the Jackie Robinson story is that it's so naturally inspiring that not even lethal amounts of bombast, sentimental writing, soaring strings, hammy acting or desperate hyperbole can tarnish it beyond repair.
April 11, 2013
By burnishing Jackie Robinson's legend to such an unnaturally high polish, 42 does Robinson the man (and the actor who plays him, the relative newcomer Chadwick Boseman) a disservice.
April 11, 2013
Robinson's story had so much drama in real life, and his sacrifice and pain made such a lasting influence, that "42" ends up being effective in its gee-whiz way almost in spite of itself.
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