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John Q Reviews

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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
Noah Davis
March 2, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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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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James Berardinelli
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
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
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
February 19, 2002
...a ridiculous script that gets just about everything wrong...
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
February 14, 2002
The lousy John Q all but spits out Denzel Washington's fine performance in the title role.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Eric D. Snider
February 15, 2002
This is sappy, unrealistic stuff with hardly a true moment anywhere in it.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Victoria Alexander
February 11, 2002
The ending is a cop-out. What happens to John Q? I don't have an I Am Sam clue.
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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
Brian Orndorf
February 24, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
February 15, 2002
Cassavettes wrings every maudlin drop out of the action, drawing tears with the ruthless ferocity of a vacuum cleaner sucking dirt out of a carpet.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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
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
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
A hokey and often silly commentary about the medical industry, and corruption within the establishment.
Staci Layne Wilson
Fantastica Daily
February 15, 2002
Aside from enjoying Washington, one feels manipulated and cheated after watching this film.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Rob Blackwelder
February 14, 2002
...feels as if (there's) a choke leash around your neck so director Nick Cassavetes can give it a good, hard yank whenever he wants you to feel something.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
February 14, 2002
Washington's performance is almost unbearably heartbreaking, but more lamentable is the fact that he's stuck in such an offensively simplistic story.
Sean Axmaker
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
February 14, 2002
The criticism never rises above easy, cynical potshots at morally bankrupt characters...
Full Review | Original Score: C
Susan Granger
February 19, 2002
Each scene drags, underscoring the obvious, and sentiment is slathered on top.
Full Review| Original Score: 5/10
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