O que se diz lá fora sobre 42, de Brian Helgeland:
«A relentlessly formulaic biopic that succeeds at transforming one of the most compelling sports narratives of the 20th century into a home run of hagiography.»
Scott Foundas, Variety.
«It is blunt, simple and sentimental, using time-tested methods to teach a clear and rousing lesson.»
A.O. Scott, The New York Times.
«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.»
Todd McCarthy, The Hollywood Reporter.
«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.»
Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly.
«42 is excessively retro, neglecting the urge to pepper scenes with comic relief or oppressing, flashy conflict.»
Gabe Toro, The Playlist.