Equalizer 2 Reviews

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July 19, 2018
A narratively and visually muddled disappointment, one that regularly confuses numbing brutality with vicariously thrilling righteous vengeance.
July 19, 2018
A movie that's watchable and intermittently pleasing. But not enough time was spent getting the substance right.
July 19, 2018
There's not much effort to tie it all together with any kind of plausible, big-picture cohesion, but no matter. All we need to know is some very bad people have crossed Robert McCall, and that's almost always a deadly mistake.
July 18, 2018
Fuqua has always been adept at stirring a moody, anticipatory anxiety, at the anticipation of violence, but the buildup often proves more engaging onscreen than the actual onslaught.
July 18, 2018
Even the most easily satisfied fans of Washington will be unlikely to find much of anything in this sadistic, stupid and sloppy sequel.
July 18, 2018
It's got some curves and tension, but it's dogged by issues.
July 18, 2018
Robert McCall is a great action hero, but all things being equalized, he deserves a better movie.
July 18, 2018
Worst of all, it leaves the door open for "The Equalizer 3."
July 18, 2018
It's hard to argue with McCall's mission, or his brutally crunchy methods. So why does it all feel so unoriginal and grim and dull?
Top Critic
July 18, 2018
Hiring Denzel to play him is a lot like paying Frank Gehry to design your doghouse: He'll get the job done, and probably do it really well, but surely his talents could be much better applied to almost any other task?
July 18, 2018
That Washington is charming enough to disguise McCall's clear streak of Travis Bickle-level sociopathy ranks as this production's greatest asset.
July 18, 2018
This distinctive character is gradually subsumed by familiar genre imperatives that eventually make McCall seem less special and singular than he did on first exposure in 2014.
July 18, 2018
Judging by the ponderous tone and pace, Fuqua thinks he's making high art (likely aspiring to something existential like Jean-Pierre Melville's "Le Samouraï"), but this is a grisly exploitation movie at best.
July 18, 2018
He's cool, with moral clarity and he's three moves ahead of everyone. No wonder he's such a welcome sight in 2018 America and no wonder Washington wanted another go-around.
July 18, 2018
There's the old cliché that says, "so-and-so is such a great actor he could read the phone book (whatever that is; as I said, it's an old cliché) and make it interesting." That's pretty much what Washington pulls off in "EQ2."
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