The Equalizer Reviews

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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.
September 29, 2014
The director, Antoine Fuqua, relies on small details, which anchor the vigilante-as-saint myth in at least a minimal degree of reality.
September 28, 2014
"[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 26, 2014
Fuqua infuses The Equalizer with a low-key energy and is in no hurry to rush into things.
September 26, 2014
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
It gets sillier as it goes along, but it's never not entertaining.
September 26, 2014
I could have done without the barbed-wire noose and glass-shard fight on shattered mirrors. But I couldn't have done without Washington, who, like Liam Neeson, has reached a new cruising altitude as a leading man.
September 26, 2014
If The Equalizer is the hit it should be, it will give this veteran action star his very first movie franchise.
September 26, 2014
This sort of visual jazziness lends a moderate amount of interest to a film that, in dramatic terms, remains both leaden and absurd.
September 26, 2014
This is a kid's fantasy of how to be bigger and badder than anybody else. As for Washington, no doubt he now has his very own franchise.
September 26, 2014
More and better Equalizers will be welcome, just to watch Denzel finding new ways of getting even.
Top Critic
September 26, 2014
It scrapes together two gripping, closely observed acts before lobotomizing itself for an over-the-top final third that tips the needle from "Pleasure" to "Pleasure, Guilty, Shame on You!"
September 26, 2014
If audiences and star are so inclined, it's easy to see this premise and this character - a tough, taciturn gent burdened with regret and a very special skill set - going into Roman numerals.
September 26, 2014
If you skip it, you're missing one of the year's signal works of superior Hollywood craftsmanship.
September 26, 2014
This mini-genre has begun to feel more and more expendable.
September 25, 2014
Mr. Fuqua, while not the world's most subtle filmmaker, directs the action sequences with bluntness and clarity and effectively uses his star as an oasis of calm in a jumpy, nasty universe.
September 25, 2014
A tense thriller that also has more on its mind than the familiar genre constraints it operates under.
September 25, 2014
Washington's usual irrepressible charm and intelligence are smothered.
September 25, 2014
Fuqua's movie is just as dopey and creaky as the series.
September 25, 2014
We're given precious little story (or back story) from screenwriter Richard Wenk (The Expendables 2), but not much is needed for a tale this primal and an actor this watchable.
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