The Equalizer Reviews

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September 5, 2019
It is pure studio fodder, suffering from some miscasting, a bloated running time, and a flat lined screenplay.
May 25, 2019
With greater care taken over the haphazard pacing and poor script, The Equalizer might have been a fun night out. Instead it begs the question of when Washington will be given a movie worth his talents.
January 25, 2019
It's a film that starts in a nasty place and gets progressively worse throughout its 137-minute running time. This project is way below the talents of people like Washington and Fuqua.
November 1, 2018
The Equalizer suffers from a bloated and banal script that does little to elevate the simple premise of its source material to something worthy of the big screen.
October 21, 2018
Neither gritty enough to be convincing or cheesy enough to be fun, it occupies the middle ground where seemingly all modern Denzel Washington vehicles reside.
November 21, 2017
Antoine Fuqua can't direct, and this is abundantly clear in the opening seconds of The Equalizer.
March 7, 2017
This paint-by-numbers film, though powerful when you watch it, largely thanks to its lead actor, has no lasting emotional affect.
July 19, 2016
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.
June 21, 2016
The Equalizer is the most recent movie after Salt and John Wick to suggest that only one American vigilante is the equal of a whole group of tattooed and ruthless Russians.
June 18, 2016
Noting the giant plot holes and laughing at the picture's overinflated self-importance become the closest thing it offers to entertainment. God, what a rotten movie this is.
April 10, 2016
A painfully straightforward and frequently predictable thriller whose primary redeeming feature is a leading man that deserves better.
March 2, 2016
There's nothing particularly terrible or poorly constructed about The Equalizer, but its presence in our current cultural landscape renders it innocuous.
December 30, 2014
Woodward was slick and polished, not meek and timid. Denzel Washington is more like "Home Improvement Guy." They could have dropped the "Equalizer" thing, and called it "Taken 4: Milquetoast."
December 29, 2014
What it needed most desperately of all was a bit of originality to offset the multitude of action sequences suspended on a thread of a plot, for without that, it becomes nothing more than another forgettable action flick with very little to offer.
October 25, 2014
There's a fairly high bottom level that these films of [Denzel] Washington being hard and violent can reach.. but this doesn't do much to rise above that minimum.
October 16, 2014
A thunderously over-scored Man on Fire Redux that leaves a bad taste in the mouth.
October 12, 2014
Fuqua and Washington overplay their hand. Revenge is a movie best served on the B side.
October 4, 2014
Washington demonstrates the role-proof gift he has to connect sympathetically to the audience.
October 1, 2014
Punctuated with moments of gory, hyper-stylized action but hollowed out of anything smart, meaningful, purposeful or original.
October 1, 2014
Washington's 60 and, apparently, it's the law: He must play a former CIA superagent who takes on Eastern European sex traffickers employing his very particular set of skills, in this case, along with an assortment of home and garden products.
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