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42 (2013)

Hero is a word we hear often in sports, but heroism is not always about achievements on the field of play. "42" tells the story of two men-the great Jackie Robinson and legendary Brooklyn Dodgers GM Branch Rickey-whose brave stand… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: July 16, 2013
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Critic Score: 79% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: 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.

Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

A dramatization of what Robinson did and what it required, 42 will not disappoint.

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Wesley Morris
Grantland

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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Brian D. Johnson
Maclean's Magazine

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.

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Mary F. Pols
TIME 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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David Denby
New Yorker

A square, uninventive, but detailed and stirring bio-pic devoted to the two years in an athlete's life that changed a nation.

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Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review

Boseman gives a potentially star-making performance, while Ford, at 70, segues smoothly from firm-jawed action hero to elder-statesman character actor.

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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out New York

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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Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com

"This is a competent but mostly unexceptional film about a most extraordinary man."

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Jay Stone
Canada.com

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 86% Flixster User Reviews
Nikhil Nandu
This movie is really average. It had all the opportunity to tell a great story about a legendary icon, but is instead overly sentimental and incredibly… More
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Cynthia S.
This is a great movie for anyone. If you like baseball, great, but it's not really necessary. If you like movies set in the '40s, you'll love it.… More
Chris Weber
Jackie Robinson is arguably one of, if not the most important figure in the history of Major League Baseball, and this film, written and directed by Brian… More
Nate Zoebl
Staid and square, a bit like its lead, 42 is a biopic on Jackie Robinson breaking the color barrio in baseball, and while it?s reverential to a fault, it could… More
Dan Schultz
An earnest, if flawed, take on the rise of Jackie Robinson (Chadwick Boseman) and what his breaking the color barrier in baseball did for civil rights. Boseman… More