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: 61%

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
"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."
‑ Robert Levin, amNewYork
"A thunderously over-scored Man on Fire Redux that leaves a bad taste in the mouth."
‑ Aaron Yap,
"Fuqua and Washington overplay their hand. Revenge is a movie best served on the B side."
‑ Robert Denerstein, Movie Habit
"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
"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."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"...Fuqua's most accomplished effort since 2001's Training Day."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Washington, as always, holds the attention, finding in McCall a vulnerability that goes beyond the script's lip service."
‑ Amber Wilkinson, Eye for Film
"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
"If it was in black and white with more smoking, act one could be a Jim Jarmusch film."
‑ Pete Vonder Haar, Houston Press
"It is in the seemingly undemanding action programmers where Washington truly proves the singular depths and scope of his talents and presence."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"Washington demonstrates the role-proof gift he has to connect sympathetically to the audience."
‑ Jules Brenner, Cinema Signals
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