John Q Reviews

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November 6, 2002
A polemic in search of a plot.
April 22, 2002
Doesn't so much need a heart as a brain transplant.
Top Critic
March 13, 2002
Manipulative sentimentality, contrived plot and phony climax.
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.
February 24, 2002
February 24, 2002
It pulls out more stops than that old silent serial The Perils of Pauline. Unfortunately, it's a talkie.
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.
February 19, 2002
...a ridiculous script that gets just about everything wrong...
February 19, 2002
Represents a creative dead end for the organ-transplant movie.
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.
February 15, 2002
It is a film that taps a deep well of resentment, and despite all its flaws, it is highly effective entertainment.
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.
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.
February 15, 2002
Stacks its emotional deck in favour of the reluctant hero so high it threatens to collapse.
February 15, 2002
[Cassavetes and Kearns] stacked the deck so much that the movie becomes absurd.
February 15, 2002
Timidly dips its toe into important issues only to abandon them for cheap entertainment prancing around in faux sackcloth.
February 15, 2002
Philosophically, intellectually and logistically a mess.
February 15, 2002
Not a movie but a live-action agitprop cartoon so shameless and coarse, it's almost funny.
February 15, 2002
A poorly scripted, preachy fable that forgets about unfolding a coherent, believable story in its zeal to spread propaganda.
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.
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