42 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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By Laremy Legel
A kind and decent film, but doesn't add to Robinson's legacy.
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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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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
A superior sports movie, dealing honestly with a great American story.
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Chicago Sun-Times

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

By bhlightnr
The anticipation was intense for this film. This is a must see film for all, not just baseball fans. The story is real and easy to follow. The only issue I had was that the film only focused on...


By MedRed
42 is an amazing tribute to the great baseball legend, Jackie Robinson. It chronicles the events that lead up to his signing, his first season with the Dodgers, and the formidable challenges everyone...


By fredyt123
This movie is about the iconic Jackie Robinson. While the backdrop is major league baseball, the movie is much much more and focuses on how the sport changed our culture. I predict at least 4 Oscar...


By afisher1_jam1
This was a Great Movie. Harrison Ford you are wonderful as always. The new actor that played Robinson is Great!!!!. If a family is trying to raise respectable children and teach them history on the...

"42" esd s HIT!!!!!!!

By rmartel58
I smiled, I laughed and I cried. The movie was extremely well done. Acting and directing was superb! I recommend this movie for people of all ages. It's historically priceless and unforgettable. ...


By dvanatta
Excellent! Harrison Ford never better, but terrific acting all around. A true story about decency and morality that every American, and especially young people, should see and think about. But a...

History Revisited

By audbar
Old enough to have seen the origional, young enough to appreciate the new movie. The acting was excellent and the historical perspective was accurate. It gave a glimps into our collective past and...


By ilovemydog336
What a great movie!!!! Loved it- Was totally engrossed - I got an education as to what baseball was like back in the 40's. Go see this movie...


By tpinka4
My kids ages 10 and 14, husband and myself went to see the movie on it's opening day. The movie although it did not depict the harsh racial action that Robinson endured,was still and eye opener for...

Excellent Film

By dgezy
42 took on the challenge of bringing Jackie Robinson's story to life with a relatively unknown actor. Chadwick Boseman's performance was phenomenal and the story telling was as well. They really...

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