• Released
  • April 12, 2013
  • PG-13 , 2 hr 8 min
  • Documentary
  • 7,277 Fan Ratings
Synopsis: “42” tells the story of two men—the great Jackie Robinson and legendary Brooklyn Dodgers GM Branch Rickey—whose brave stand against prejudice forever changed the world by changing the game of baseball.

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New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
Boseman is watchful, winning and confident, but never saintly. Yet he keeps Robinson’s moral spine aligned with his skill and self-respect,...
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Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Helgeland works in what I think of as a conservative — or maybe it's just really, really basic — neoclassical Hollywood style, spelling...
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75

Film.com

By Laremy Legel
A kind and decent film, but doesn't add to Robinson's legacy.
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
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...
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
A superior sports movie, dealing honestly with a great American story.
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

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42 is competent, occasionally rousing and historically respectful — but it rarely rises above standard, old-fashioned biography fare. It’s...
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65

NPR

By Bob Mondello
A profile in real-life courage that would be stronger as a movie if it weren't quite so intent on underlining teachable moments.
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63

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Given Helgeland's rep as a screenwriter (including an Oscar for 1997's L.A. Confidential), it rankles that 42 settles for the official...
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63

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
The ambitious new biopic about Robinson, is better written and produced than those children’s books, but it isn’t any deeper, and that’s a...
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
It takes a particularly ham-fisted filmmaker to transform a fascinating and historically significant story into something as formulaic as...
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By morg14
One of the best sports movies ever!!!!!'...

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Rated PG-13 | For Thematic elements, including language
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 11+ Inspiring Jackie Robinson biopic has great messages.
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