John Q Reviews

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Afsheen Nomai
Common Sense Media
January 1, 2011
Thought-provoking. Too intense for young teens.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
May 17, 2009
Strands good actors in mushy, movie-of-the-week material. [Blu-ray]
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
A hokey and often silly commentary about the medical industry, and corruption within the establishment.
Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com
September 24, 2007
The movie comes dangerously close to saying that the solution to a personal grievance is, well, terrorism, when you get right down to it.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/5
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
December 18, 2006
Social messages, simplistic action, and teary melodrama are manipulatively but unsuccessfully mixed in this picture, which tries to provide a "hard" look at an honest working-class man (Washington) who loses control while trying to save his child's life
Full Review | Original Score: C
Greg Maki
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
January 7, 2004
Instead of presenting the story and allowing us to draw our own conclusions, Cassavetes blatantly tells us what we should think.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
John R. McEwen
Film Quips Online
February 8, 2003
Washington, Woods, and Duvall are so capable, they almost save this schlock-fest from itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Top Critic
John Patterson
L.A. Weekly
January 21, 2003
A coercive script by James Kearns, and some middling direction by Nick Cassavetes, can't rob the movie of an undeniable, headlong crowd-pleasing power as it tackles an issue that touches us all.
Heather Wadowski
Film Threat
December 8, 2002
An emotional, heart-wrenching story that not only takes viewers on a journey within their own souls, but also opens up their eyes to the way the health care system works.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Rick Kisonak
Film Threat
December 8, 2002
It may push more buttons than envelopes but John Q is a good old fashioned potboiler that generates ripped from the headlines heat.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
James Rocchi
Netflix
November 7, 2002
"Socially conscious" Denzel Washington thriller wants to tackle tough questions -- but settles for easy answers.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Top Critic
Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
November 6, 2002
A polemic in search of a plot.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
October 24, 2002
'John Q" is a manipulative thriller, but unlike most such films, it has a worthwhile social policy point to make and some top-notch acting talent to help put the point across.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Nate Yapp
CinemaBlend.com
October 19, 2002
It quite literally offended me as a movie-goer.
Jimmy O
Film Snobs
October 17, 2002
Beats us over the head and then expects us not to notice its cheap tricks.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer
October 15, 2002
It can be described as manipulative, derivative and heavy-handed. In spite of all that, it kinda works in a populist-fantasy sort of way.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Clint Morris
Moviehole
October 2, 2002
While it scarcely touches on the inadequate American health care system, it's at least got something to say, rather than just gush.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Mark Palermo
Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
August 27, 2002
John Q's agitprop requires audiences who think art is worthy if it affirms their moral beliefs.
Jon Niccum
Lawrence Journal-World
August 22, 2002
At times, John Q. plays like Dog Day Afternoon crossed with a human resources seminar.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Paul Salfen
Supercala.com
July 9, 2002
Denzel is great, the movie is not.
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