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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

Film Threat
December 6, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5

Film Threat
December 6, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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
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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
Matthew Turner
October 30, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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+
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
Ross Anthony
Hollywood Report Card
March 6, 2002
With the bump and sputter of an Indie, the big names and strong acting pull the viewer through this propaganda piece by the heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
February 25, 2002
[Denzel Washington] not only rescues a very questionable movie, but lends it a sense of dignity and moral weight that it couldn't hope to achieve on its own.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Steve Davis
Austin Chronicle
February 24, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
February 19, 2002
Washington overcomes the script's flaws and envelops the audience in his character's anguish, anger and frustration.
Full Review| Original Score: 2.5/4
Dustin Putman
February 15, 2002
John Q may be too problematic to be marked a great movie, but one thing definitely is: Denzel Washington.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Donald Munro
Fresno Bee
February 15, 2002
The dramatic impact of John Q. comes down to something rather basic: It's wonderful to see Denzel Washington playing a father.
| Original Score: B
Joe Leydon
San Francisco Examiner
February 15, 2002
Washington's extraordinarily precise, emotionally rich and powerfully persuasive performance blazes through the cliches and contrivances of James Kearns' blunt-spoken, heavy-handed screenplay.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
February 15, 2002
One can excuse the movie's missteps and melodramatic moments in the greater interest of the strong statement it makes about our health care system.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Tor Thorsen
February 15, 2002
The film does tackle a nebulous, endemic social problem -- the unfairness of our healthcare system -- in an accessible, fairly entertaining manner.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
February 9, 2006
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Alexander Walker
This is London
December 15, 2003
Wilson Morales
May 13, 2003
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Urban Cinefile
August 17, 2002
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
August 12, 2002
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
August 9, 2002

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Boston Phoenix
March 27, 2002
Prairie Miller
WBAI Web Radio
February 17, 2002
With Hurricane, Training Day, now John Q, Denzel perfects the righteous rebel, a fine blend of hot rage and charismatic cool, declaring free health care for all.
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
February 16, 2002
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