Metacritic Movie Ratings
42 Reviews

4.0

62

out of 100

Metascore®
Generally favorable reviews
Based on a weighted average of all critic review scores.

A sample of reviews from critics across the country.

  • 83

    out of 100

    Entertainment WeeklyOwen Gleiberman

    Helgeland works in what I think of as a conservative — or maybe it's just really, really basic — neoclassical Hollywood style, spelling everything out, letting the story unfold in a plainspoken and deliberate fashion, with a big, wide, open pictorial camera eye. It's like the latter-day Clint Eastwood style, applied to material that's as traditional as can be.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    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.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    USA TodayClaudia Puig

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

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  • 50

    out of 100

    The Hollywood ReporterTodd McCarthy

    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.

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  • 40

    out of 100

    Wall Street JournalJoe Morgenstern

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

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