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Based on 39 Reviews
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  • 63
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Given Helgeland's rep as a screenwriter (including an Oscar for 1997's L.A. Confidential), it rankles that 42 settles for the official story. The private Robinson, who died of a heart attack at 53 in 1972, stays private. We stay on the outside looking in. Let it be. show more

  • 75
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    A superior sports movie, dealing honestly with a great American story. show more

  • 63
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    It takes a particularly ham-fisted filmmaker to transform a fascinating and historically significant story into something as formulaic as 42. show more

  • 40
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    What's been carefully filtered out of the film as a whole is the tumult and passion of Robinson's life. show more

  • 75
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    42 doesn't shirk from showing how daunting it was for Robinson to turn the other cheek, as Ford's Rickey tells him he must do, in the face of the insults and hostility. show more

  • 100
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    Boseman is watchful, winning and confident, but never saintly. Yet he keeps Robinson’s moral spine aligned with his skill and self-respect, showing how he needed all of those to succeed. show more

  • 50
    Todd McCarthy The Hollywood Reporter

    Pretty when it should be gritty and grandiosely noble instead of just telling it like it was, 42 needlessly trumps up but still can't entirely spoil one of the great American 20th century true-life stories, the breaking of major league baseball's color line by Jackie Robinson. show more

  • 65
    Bob Mondello NPR

    A profile in real-life courage that would be stronger as a movie if it weren't quite so intent on underlining teachable moments. show more

  • 75
    Laremy Legel

    A kind and decent film, but doesn't add to Robinson's legacy. show more

  • 75
    Chicago Sun-Times

    42 is competent, occasionally rousing and historically respectful — but it rarely rises above standard, old-fashioned biography fare. It’s a mostly unexceptional film about an exceptional man. show more

  • July 12, 2013 thehafts
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    spectacular movie. a must have

  • July 08, 2013 jacquejo
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  • July 04, 2013 mrgdwrench4111
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    This was a Great movie , 2 thumbs up . very good acting ! worth a viewing or remtal . Herison ford did an out standing job .

  • June 12, 2013 vb00000000135163
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    super awesome cool spectacular wonderful great incredible good nice fun independent lovely perfect like able love able movie ever made!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • June 12, 2013 ks00000000150807
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    awesome movie

  • May 23, 2013 cu00000000117620
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    Chad did a excellent job as Jackie Robinson, I read Jackie Robinson book but the Movie was better

  • May 19, 2013 Julie Layton
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    Loved this movie and I hate baseball. This was so much more. The entire family enjoyed this movie.

  • May 06, 2013 luis
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    I did enjoy the movie but really upset about how many time they uses the N word it like they really enjoy saying it.

  • May 01, 2013 phpoling
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    Great, great movie!! It\'s been long time since we have a such great baseball player based on true story in a movie.

  • April 30, 2013 welcome salasrms
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    A true stoy in which we know the result. Like any history the movie shows for the young today at sad part of our history we all need to protect, the Right to Be.


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