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John Q Reviews

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
February 9, 2006
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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.
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
November 6, 2002
A polemic in search of a plot.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
August 9, 2002
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
March 13, 2002
Manipulative sentimentality, contrived plot and phony climax.
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
March 4, 2002
A sappy, melodramatic Denzel Washington vehicle that ensnares you in the standard hostage-movie scenario and doesn't let go until the director runs the whole playbook.
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
February 24, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
February 24, 2002
It pulls out more stops than that old silent serial The Perils of Pauline. Unfortunately, it's a talkie.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
February 21, 2002
Cassavetes thinks he's making Dog Day Afternoon with a cause, but all he's done is to reduce everything he touches to a shrill, didactic cartoon.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
February 19, 2002
...a ridiculous script that gets just about everything wrong...
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Ed Park
Village Voice
February 19, 2002
Represents a creative dead end for the organ-transplant movie.
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
February 16, 2002
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
February 16, 2002
The movie's manipulations become so transparent that it can't really touch our emotions, especially since it fails to follow through honestly on its premise.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
February 15, 2002
It is a film that taps a deep well of resentment, and despite all its flaws, it is highly effective entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
February 15, 2002
It reduces the complexities to bromides and slogans and it gets so preachy-keen and so tub-thumpingly loud it makes you feel like a chump just for sitting through it.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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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
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
February 15, 2002
Stacks its emotional deck in favour of the reluctant hero so high it threatens to collapse.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
February 15, 2002
[Cassavetes and Kearns] stacked the deck so much that the movie becomes absurd.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
February 15, 2002
Timidly dips its toe into important issues only to abandon them for cheap entertainment prancing around in faux sackcloth.
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John Anderson
Newsday
February 15, 2002
Philosophically, intellectually and logistically a mess.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Jonathan Foreman
New York Post
February 15, 2002
Not a movie but a live-action agitprop cartoon so shameless and coarse, it's almost funny.
| Original Score: 2/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
February 15, 2002
A poorly scripted, preachy fable that forgets about unfolding a coherent, believable story in its zeal to spread propaganda.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
February 15, 2002
It's a powerful though flawed movie, guaranteed to put a lump in your throat while reaffirming Washington as possibly the best actor working in movies today.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
February 15, 2002
Like a tone-deaf singer at a benefit concert, John Q. is a bad movie appearing on behalf of a good cause.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
February 15, 2002
As an argument for national health care, John Q. is embarrassingly one-sided; as a movie, it's just one-dimensional.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Steven Rosen
Denver Post
February 15, 2002
It features miserable direction by Nick Cassavetes, writing by James Kearns, and acting by too many to be named.
Full Review | Original Score: .5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
February 15, 2002
It is so earnest, so overwrought and so wildly implausible that it begs to be parodied.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Elvis Mitchell
New York Times
February 14, 2002
So ham-fisted that it sabotages its own worthwhile arguments.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
February 14, 2002
At every turn it has the courage of its material.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
February 14, 2002
The movie sets up a skirmish between the earnest and the ridiculous, and we're lucky that the collision provides some yuks.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
February 14, 2002
This is an A-list cast toiling on a C-list screenplay ... and working for a director whose agenda -- and propagandist tactics -- get the better of him.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
February 14, 2002
Benefits from the presence of Denzel Washington, but not much else.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
February 14, 2002
An exploitative mess trying to pass as social activism.
| Original Score: 0.5/5
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
February 14, 2002
A film so caught up in beating us over the head with its message that it fails to be logical, believable or even very entertaining.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
February 14, 2002
A satisfying piece of Americana in the age of the gun.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Paul Tatara
CNN.com
February 14, 2002
Director Nick Cassavetes and screenwriter James Kearns make Washington look silly for the first time in his career.
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Mark Caro
Chicago Tribune
February 14, 2002
Content merely to lionize its title character and exploit his anger - all for easy sanctimony, formulaic thrills and a ham-fisted sermon on the need for national health insurance.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
February 14, 2002
Before long, the film starts playing like General Hospital crossed with a Saturday Night Live spoof of Dog Day Afternoon.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
February 8, 2002
Imagine the worst episode of Chicago Hope never aired, and it still won't even begin to describe the agonizing ordeal that is John Q.