John Q Reviews

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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.
February 15, 2002
As an argument for national health care, John Q. is embarrassingly one-sided; as a movie, it's just one-dimensional.
February 15, 2002
It features miserable direction by Nick Cassavetes, writing by James Kearns, and acting by too many to be named.
February 15, 2002
It is so earnest, so overwrought and so wildly implausible that it begs to be parodied.
February 14, 2002
So ham-fisted that it sabotages its own worthwhile arguments.
February 14, 2002
At every turn it has the courage of its material.
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.
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.
February 14, 2002
Benefits from the presence of Denzel Washington, but not much else.
February 14, 2002
An exploitative mess trying to pass as social activism.
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.
February 14, 2002
A satisfying piece of Americana in the age of the gun.
February 14, 2002
Director Nick Cassavetes and screenwriter James Kearns make Washington look silly for the first time in his career.
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.
February 14, 2002
Before long, the film starts playing like General Hospital crossed with a Saturday Night Live spoof of Dog Day Afternoon.
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.
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