42

critic Reviews

, 80% Certified Fresh Tomatometer Score
  • 42 is an earnest, inspirational, and respectfully told biography of an influential American sports icon, though it might be a little too safe and old-fashioned for some.
  • , Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Mick LaSalleSan Francisco Chronicle
    A dramatization of what Robinson did and what it required, 42 will not disappoint.
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    Mary F. PolsTIME Magazine
    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.
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    Joshua RothkopfTime Out
    The style of the film, lush and traditional, is nothing special, but the takeaway, a daily struggle for dignity, is impossibly moving.
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    Matthew LickonaSan Diego Reader
    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.
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  • , Rotten Tomatometer Score
    Wesley MorrisGrantland
    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.
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    Nigel AndrewsFinancial Times
    I wanted to kick Ford/Rickey into next Christmas, and you can add the movie. Its corny triumphalism is barely bearable.
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    Tom MeekCambridge Day
    42 is a fine tribute to a man's ability to endure for the better off all and the insightful visionary who put it all in motion.
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    Richard PropesTheIndependentCritic.com
    Chadwick Boseman has been around Hollywood for a few years, mostly in television, but this should be the role that allows the young actor to blossom.
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    Jason FraleyWTOP (Washington, D.C.)
    Boseman delivers a strong performance, particularly during a scene where he endures a relentless string of N-word taunts. Boseman chose this scene for his audition piece, smashing a plastic wiffleball bat against a chair in the audition room.
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    David LambleBay Area Reporter
    Brian Helgeland depicts how agonizing the struggle is for any despised minority to get their foot in the door. 42 climaxes at the apex of baseball legend Jackie Robinson's first season in a Brooklyn Dodger uniform.
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