The Equalizer

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The Equalizer is more stylishly violent than meaningful, but with Antoine Fuqua behind the cameras and Denzel Washington dispensing justice, it delivers.

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Robert McCall (Denzel Washington), a man of mysterious origin who believes he has put the past behind him, dedicates himself to creating a quiet new life. However, when he meets Teri (Chloë Grace Moretz), a teenager who has been manhandled by violent Russian mobsters, he simply cannot walk away. With his set of formidable skills, McCall comes out of self-imposed retirement and emerges as an avenging angel, ready to take down anyone who brutalizes the helpless.

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Critic Reviews for The Equalizer

All Critics (201) | Top Critics (45) | Fresh (119) | Rotten (82)

  • The movie's all about reading, especially with a critical eye, but when you take too close a look at its disparate parts, they neither add up nor have anything constructive to teach.

    July 19, 2016 | Full Review…
  • The director, Antoine Fuqua, relies on small details, which anchor the vigilante-as-saint myth in at least a minimal degree of reality.

    September 29, 2014 | Full Review…

    David Denby

    New Yorker
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  • "[Washington] projects the same kind of dignified gravitas whether he's playing Malcolm X or pulverising someone's skull with a Black & Decker drill."

    September 28, 2014 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • Fuqua infuses The Equalizer with a low-key energy and is in no hurry to rush into things.

    September 26, 2014 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • When was the last time you saw a lone hero stride toward the climactic killing ground in slow motion? Yesterday? An hour ago?

    September 26, 2014 | Full Review…
  • It gets sillier as it goes along, but it's never not entertaining.

    September 26, 2014 | Full Review…

    Alonso Duralde

    TheWrap
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  • Jan 20, 2019
    Expected pretty good, got very good. Can't call The Equaliser a perfect movie, but I love me a mixed bag of content like this.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Feb 18, 2017
    Squadrons of foreign baddies are coldly dispensed with using extreme prejudice, left and right, up and down, our hero a cynical garbage collector and no more. As cookie cutter as they come, this genre apparently a cash cow for all of Hollywood.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Jan 13, 2017
    A vigilante action thriller that gets going very slowly and easily could have clocked in under two hours, but can rely on a charismatic leading man. Especially during the showdown the violence is surprisingly brutal, but there is little excitement building up, because our hero is so godamn cool and competent in each of its slow-motions, that you never doubt he could succeed. That's rather entertaining but could have been much cooler with more interesting minor characters and a little more threat.
    Jens S Super Reviewer
  • May 22, 2015
    Excellent. One of the best action films you'll ever see. Denzel is great here, and personally, I think this might be one of the best performances of his career.
    Stephen S Super Reviewer

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