42

critic Reviews

, 81% 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.
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    Dwight BrownNational Newspaper Publishers Association
    This honorable and enlightening film pays due respect to Jackie Robinson -- a sports legend and courageous American hero.
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    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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    Graham CorriganFilm Comment Magazine
    As a fond gesture to a country coming out of the dark ages, 42 is a good-hearted attempt at Robinson's story regardless of the historical realities it chose to gloss over.
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    Mike MassieGone With The Twins
    It's as if the film is trying to meet a quota, doling out emotional moments, enough adversity for any underdog, and a touch of manipulation.
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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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