Critics Consensus

Critics Consensus: 42 Is Earnest and Inspirational

Plus, Scary Movie V wasn't screened for critics -- guess the Tomatometer!

by | April 11, 2013 | Comments

This week at the movies, we’ve got a pioneering ballplayer (42, starring Chadwick Boseman and Harrison Ford) and a horror spoof (Scary Movie V, starring Ashley Tisdale and Simon Rex). What do the critics have to say?



The life of Jackie Robinson is so readymade for cinema that it would be hard to mess it up. And indeed, critics say 42 is a warm, inspirational tribute to a great American hero, even if it often plays things a little too safe. Robinson (Chadwick Boseman) becomes the first African American to play in the majors when Brooklyn Dodgers General Manager Branch Rickey (Harrison Ford) signs him to a contract, and his inspired play and unimpeachable character strike a blow against prejudice. The pundits say 42 is so beautifully filmed and well acted that it triumphs over the filmmakers’ strict adherence to the biopic playbook. (Check out this week’s Total Recall, in which we count down Ford’s best-reviewed movies, as well as our list of the best-reviewed baseball movies of all time.)

Scary Movie V


We’d love to let you know if Scary Movie V provides uproarious laughter and incendiary satire, but it was barely reviewed prior to its release in theaters. This latest installment of the venerable spoof series offers more of the same: satirical jabs at contemporary horror movies, with a bunch of famous people — including Charlie Sheen, Lindsay Lohan, and Snoop Dogg — making cameos. Once again, it’s time to guess the Tomatometer! (Check out this week’s 24 Frames for a gallery of long-running movie franchises.)

Also opening this week in limited release:

Tag Cloud

Comic Book IFC Films NBC cinemax Election Cosplay The CW Fox News 2015 2017 45 Sci-Fi Britbox TBS Comedy Lucasfilm diversity TV Nominations Animation CBS All Access Martial Arts ratings Red Carpet comiccon festivals Marathons TIFF Trailer Cartoon Network cats National Geographic social media Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt 2016 Schedule BBC America DirecTV Musical unscripted X-Men Reality Competition Set visit Country Writers Guild of America science fiction Esquire Summer Box Office historical drama See It Skip It Pop Disney Channel Calendar Valentine's Day CMT harry potter Interview Watching Series Character Guide Dark Horse Comics Biopics Pixar Rock Holidays GIFs Nickelodeon Ellie Kemper DC streaming service cults Mystery Western ITV Tumblr finale Netflix romance Trivia Awards politics American Society of Cinematographers DC Comics Super Bowl MTV composers TLC PaleyFest Horror MSNBC YA psycho Christmas Winter TV 21st Century Fox Showtime Universal El Rey Sundance Now based on movie docudrama GLAAD USA Network CNN GoT BET A&E war Opinion justice league Year in Review hist Photos vampires ESPN Star Trek 20th Century Fox talk show Music dramedy LGBTQ golden globes sitcom IFC The Arrangement Rom-Com Thanksgiving Best and Worst ABC Star Wars Musicals Reality Hulu cops Crackle DC Universe APB SXSW Fantasy HBO History dceu zombies Paramount spy thriller SDCC Acorn TV TCA 2017 boxoffice Grammys Spring TV Oscars Lifetime Action Freeform political drama supernatural travel TNT crime drama cooking Syfy FX what to watch Fall TV Premiere Dates E3 WGN Sundance SundanceTV FOX Lionsgate 24 frames Food Network Polls and Games Video Games crime thriller Mindy Kaling Podcast BBC Extras Sneak Peek TruTV Superheroes Spike Toys Marvel FXX Sony Pictures President Countdown First Look AMC Masterpiece YouTube Red Creative Arts Emmys Ghostbusters Drama zombie biography Comedy Central NYCC RT History medical drama discovery Mary Tyler Moore Winners USA Tomatazos transformers OWN Pirates Rocky Disney crossover Logo TV Land technology VICE period drama CBS serial killer CW Seed Adult Swim crime Infographic singing competition Superheroe Shondaland binge Amazon Warner Bros. adventure TCM police drama Emmys PBS robots thriller E! sports Kids & Family Teen Paramount Network ABC Family Starz aliens VH1 Nat Geo Certified Fresh Bravo dc TCA 007