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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: 62%

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
"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
"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
"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
"Note to mobsters: If you hope to eliminate an ex-agent whose very particular set of skills make Neeson seem as lethal as Cera, do not stage your assault in a big-box store where your target has access to barbed wire, blow torches and power drills."
‑ John Beifuss, Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
"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
"...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
"Denzel's performance and the film's high-voltage action premise make it one to watch this fall season."
‑ Mark Ellis, Schmoes Know
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