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In 1946, Branch Rickey (Harrison Ford) put himself at the forefront of history when he signed Jackie Robinson (Chadwick Boseman) to the team, breaking Major League Baseball's infamous color line. Facing unabashed racism from every side, Robinson was forced to demonstrate tremendous courage and restraint by not reacting, instead letting his talent on the field do the talking — ultimately winning over fans and his teammates, silencing his critics, and paving the way for others to follow. In 1997, Major League Baseball retired the number 42 for all teams, making it the first number in sports to be universally retired.
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 166
- Fresh: 130
- Rotten: 36
- Average Rating: 6.8/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: Robinson's story had so much drama in real life, and his sacrifice and pain made such a lasting influence, that "42" ends up being effective in its gee-whiz way almost in spite of itself.
Fresh: A square, uninventive, but detailed and stirring bio-pic devoted to the two years in an athlete's life that changed a nation.
Fresh: An inspiring, old-school biopic that doesn't pull any punches in depicting the ugly racism that Jackie Robinson faced on a daily basis as the first African-American player in Major League Baseball.
Rotten: In the hallowed frames of 42, the legend is front and centre and still inspiring. Too bad the more interesting man is nowhere to be seen.
Although i am not much of a baseball fan, this movie is very inspiring and one of the best movies of 2013. Incredible script with top notch acting brings this historical master piece to life! Don't hesitate , BUY !!!
Good movie, but should have been better considering the subject.
Very good movie ! I highly recommend it.
- 42 (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
- Various Artists