The Equalizer
The Equalizer (2014)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: December 30, 2014
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Critic Score: 61% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

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

David Denby
New Yorker

The director, Antoine Fuqua, relies on small details, which anchor the vigilante-as-saint myth in at least a minimal degree of reality.

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Alonso Duralde

It gets sillier as it goes along, but it's never not entertaining.

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Robert Levin

The familiar can be welcome when the practitioner is so good at what he does. And there are few actors more commanding than Washington when he's taking out bad guys.

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James Berardinelli

Fuqua infuses The Equalizer with a low-key energy and is in no hurry to rush into things.

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Wesley Morris

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.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

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.

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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture

When was the last time you saw a lone hero stride toward the climactic killing ground in slow motion? Yesterday? An hour ago?

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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine

If The Equalizer is the hit it should be, it will give this veteran action star his very first movie franchise.

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Pete Vonder Haar
Houston Press

If it was in black and white with more smoking, act one could be a Jim Jarmusch film.

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Flixster Audience Score: 80% Flixster User Reviews
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Robert McCall: I am offering you a chance to do the right thing. Take it. Denzel Washington's latest vehicle had great potential. It mixed all the right… More
Nate Zoebl
If your idea of a fine time at the movies is watching Denzel Washington be a badass and murder people in grisly fashion for two hours, then The Equalizer is… More
Mark Hobin
Denzel Washington plays a man of few words. His roles often have a self righteous quality that invests his individuals with an air of moral superiority. He is… More
Film Crazy
Little character development In this dull and predictable action flick!
Aaron Neuwirth
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