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John Q Reviews

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Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
June 4, 2002
...stumbles over every cheap trick in the book trying to make the outrage come even easier.
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette
June 3, 2002
wastes the considerable gifts of Oscar winners Denzel Washington and Robert Duvall on a screenplay that takes serious issues and turns them into an outlandish get-even fantasy.
Luis Martinez
May 20, 2002
la cinta en un vaivén de emociones que pueden ir desde lo cursi hasta lo dramático.
| Original Score: 6/10
Steven D. Greydanus
Decent Films Guide
May 9, 2002
"What John does is heroic, but we don't condone it," one of the film's stars recently said, a tortuous comment that perfectly illustrates the picture's moral schizophrenia.
Full Review | Original Score: D-
May 5, 2002
Great for thirty-five minutes, then drops into a dead zone and stays there for an hour and change.
| Original Score: 2/4
Mark Dujsik
Mark Reviews Movies
April 24, 2002
Has something to say... but it is a statement and issue worthy of a much more thoughtfulness and insight than a melodramatic and wholly predictable thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Neil Smith
April 22, 2002
Doesn't so much need a heart as a brain transplant.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Eugene Novikov
Film Blather
April 10, 2002
I usually appreciate it when a movie takes a stand, but not when its approach is so juvenile.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
March 13, 2002
Manipulative sentimentality, contrived plot and phony climax.
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
March 9, 2002
It's grimly fascinating to watch fine actors wrestle with the increasingly awful screenplay.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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
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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.
Frank Ochieng
Movie Eye
March 4, 2002
If you can imagine Oscar-winning actor Denzel Washington's former '80's TV series St. Elsewhere crossed with the engrossing urgency of Dog Day Afternoon, then you'll have Nick Cassavetes's sanctimonious and awkward hostage hospital drama
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat
February 25, 2002
In case you haven't figured it out, John Q is a Message Movie. Actually, it's more like a 2-hour Public Service Announcement.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Michael Dequina
February 25, 2002
Denzel Washington's efforts are sunk by all the sanctimony.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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-
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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.
Doris Toumarkine
Film Journal International
February 24, 2002
Had the filmmakers soft-pedaled their important message and focused more on real human dilemmas, John Q. might have risen above its deep genre roots to push more emotional buttons and fewer unintentional laughs.
Andy Klein
New Times
February 22, 2002
A film that might have made its points more convincingly if its makers hadn't felt obliged to underline and spell out at length every one of those points.
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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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