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 (ChloŽ 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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Stephen Rebello
Playboy Online

The Equalizer is empty and merely efficient but it's enjoyable as hell with Washington in solid, focused Man On Fire form.

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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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Justin Gerber
Consequence of Sound

It's a total C movie, but to Fuqua's credit, it doesn't try to be anything other than that.

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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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Paul Chambers
Movie Chambers

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."

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Flixster Audience Score: 77% Flixster User Reviews
JY Skacto
Antoine Fuqua's The Equalizer takes a trip through Home Mart. A lengthy and cautiously paced introduction set things into motion. A lot is shrouded in… More
Josh Lewis
Denzel Washington gives a typically strong performance (when does he not?), but the Equalizer is of the same quality as many other Denzel led thrillers: without… More
Phil Hubbs
A movie based on an old late 80's American TV series but only very thinly. It is in fact more of an origins plot showing how the main character becomes a… More
Everett Johnson
When I finished this I said "Denzel makes Brian Mills look like a punk!" Now, they may be an overstatement, but this is the best Denzel has been(or… More
Kase Vollebregt
Fuqua's film is diluted by cliches, predictabilities and a seemingly untouchable protagonist. All the 'conflict' feels weak.
Christian C
You'd better know the back story to "The Equalizer" before going in, cuz it sure as heck ain't ever explained. The film has more plot holes… More