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: April 12, 2013
DVD 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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Matthew Lickona
San 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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Josh Terry
Deseret News (Salt Lake City)

Director Brian Helgeland's 42 may not be the greatest baseball movie of all time ... but it may tell baseball's most important story.

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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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Wesley Morris

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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Angie Errigo
Metro (UK)

Mythic material, beautifully done, the winning performances and telling (true) incidents make this one not just for baseball devotees.

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Joshua Rothkopf
Time 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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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.

Brooke Corso
The Monitor (McAllen, TX)

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 85% Flixster User Reviews
KJ Proulx
"42" tells the inspirational true story of Jackie Robinson and how he became the first African American baseball player allowed to play in the Major… 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
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