The Equalizer
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In The Equalizer, Denzel Washington plays McCall, a man who believes he has put his mysterious past behind him and dedicated himself to beginning a new, quiet life. But when McCall meets Teri (Chloë Grace Moretz), a young girl under the control of ultra-violent Russian gangsters, he can't stand idly by - he has to help her. Armed with hidden skills that allow him to serve vengeance against anyone who would brutalize the helpless, McCall comes out of his self-imposed retirement and finds his desire for justice reawakened. If someone has a problem, if the odds are stacked against them, if… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 60%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The director, Antoine Fuqua, relies on small details, which anchor the vigilante-as-saint myth in at least a minimal degree of reality."
‑ David Denby, New Yorker
"It gets sillier as it goes along, but it's never not entertaining."
‑ Alonso Duralde, TheWrap
"Despite its formulaic structure and plot, Denzel Washington propels this crime drama, challenging Liam Neeson as the new aging action hero."
‑ Susan Granger, SSG Syndicate
"It helps to have Denzel Washington delivering your one-liners and threats, but the real charm of The Equalizer is not that it is better than it should be, but that it is exactly how it should be."
‑ Matthew Razak,
"Washington undoubtedly has the game - he's mesmerising here, however much the movie slides out from under him - but the material has a long way to go to be his equal."
‑ Jamie Graham, Total Film
"Fuqua infuses The Equalizer with a low-key energy and is in no hurry to rush into things."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"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."
‑ Wesley Morris, Grantland
""The Equalizer" is the best Jason Statham movie that ever starred Denzel Washington."
‑ Linda Cook, Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
"(Denzel) Washington, a two-time Academy Award winner, is a good enough actor and carries enough gravitas to make us overlook or forgive most of the movie's less savory aspects."
‑ Bob Bloom, Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
"It's utter balderdash that could lose at least 30 minutes from its bloated running time, but I'd be lying if I didn't admit that the DIY violence struck a neanderthal nerve."
‑ Mark Kermode, Observer [UK]
"When was the last time you saw a lone hero stride toward the climactic killing ground in slow motion? Yesterday? An hour ago?"
‑ David Edelstein, New York Magazine/Vulture
"If The Equalizer is the hit it should be, it will give this veteran action star his very first movie franchise."
‑ Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine
"Another violent 'lone vigilante' flick from the team that brought you Training Day."
‑ Tom Glasson, Concrete Playground
"The combat trained, hardware savvy beast, who deposes his enemies with cold, clinical efficiency, is a proxy for the film's no nonsense style."
‑ Ed Whitfield, The Ooh Tray
"Little more than a paint-by-numbers action thriller, it's anyone's guess why the filmmakers have bothered to make a connection with the 1980s TV series of the same name."
‑ Rich Cline,
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