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
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
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
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
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
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
July 9, 2002
Denzel is great, the movie is not.
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