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2.9
190 Ratings

42

Directed by Brian Helgeland
United States, 2013
Drama, Biography, Sport

Synopsis

The life story of Jackie Robinson and his history-making signing with the Brooklyn Dodgers under the guidance of team executive Branch Rickey.

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42 Directed by Brian Helgeland

Awards & Festivals

San Francisco Film Critics Circle

2013 | Nominee: Best Supporting Actor

Chicago Film Critics Association Awards

2013 | Nominee: Most Promising Performer

…The L.A. Confidential screenwriter [Helgeland] takes all the aforementioned milestones and knits them into a warm, comforting blanket of a movie, one you want to wrap tightly around you, albeit with sufficient room to pat yourself on the back at regular intervals. It’s a gloriously sentimental, shamelessly enjoyable slice of apple pie that sugar-coats on a Willy Wonka scale.
September 12, 2013
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The script never suggests that there’s another Robinson beneath the mask; his character remains utterly undeveloped. Rather, Helgeland (who also wrote the script) remains satisfied to present the public image as the only version of Robinson that matters; the hero has replaced the man. In the process, Helgeland, in his liberal piety, unintentionally mirrors an earlier era’s cavalier indifference to Robinson’s humanity.
April 21, 2013
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While Helgeland’s film tumbles into nearly all the pitfalls of historical filmmaking (boring and simplistic) and baseball movies (treacly and unconvincing), it depicts the Chapman incident accurately.
April 13, 2013
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