The Equalizer
Want to See
Not Interested
Rate it ½ star
Rate it 1 star
Rate it 1½ stars
Rate it 2 stars
Rate it 2½ stars
Rate it 3 stars
Rate it 3½ stars
Rate it 4 stars
Rate it 4½ stars
Rate it 5 stars
In Theaters September 26 (6 days)
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 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
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 70%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"As entertainment, The Equalizer rarely delivers: It's like a superhero origin story invested with half-assed gravitas."
‑ A.A. Dowd, AV Club
"Willfully empty but wildly entertaining, "The Equalizer" stands out from its peers like a wolf among lapdogs, as Fuqua and Washington bring out the best in each other for the benefit of the audience."
‑ James Rocchi, TheWrap
"I don't believe "The Equalizer" will score Denzel another Oscar, but it's a terrific performance."
‑ Jeanne Kaplan, Kaplan vs. Kaplan
"The Equalizer is smart, humorous at times, and riveting throughout all while giving the sensation that it could turn around and bash your face unexpectedly with a harsh sequence at any given moment."
‑ Chris Sawin,
"It is an undeniable treat to see Denzel Washington beat down on bad guys [even in] a clichť-heavy screenplay like this."
‑ Jordan Hoffman, Vanity Fair
"Ponderously overlong and not even half as much fun as it should have been ..."
‑ Scott Foundas, Variety
"Washington is a master at putting his own inimitable and stylish spin on even the most familiar situations."
‑ Lou Lumenick, New York Post
"Denzel's McCall, with his easy-going style and likeable personality that can instantly explode into controlled fury, is what makes this movie so compelling."
‑ David Kaplan, Kaplan vs. Kaplan
"For sheer balletic violence -- and a rousing, climactic High Noon-like face-off finale -- The Equalizer delivers on what Washington and Fuqua promise."
‑ Thelma Adams, Yahoo! Movies
"... a dull film, and when you're making a giant action movie franchise about a former intelligence agent... dull seems like just about the worst thing it could be."
‑ Drew McWeeny, HitFix
"The most exciting, violent and stylish film of its type in a very long while."
‑ Todd McCarthy, Hollywood Reporter
"The pensive, brooding calm of an in-form Denzel Washington as the man who has to do what he does - because he can - alleviates this gritty thriller in which Washington plays the Russian mafia as if it were a deadly chess game"
‑ Louise Keller, Urban Cinefile
"The Equalizer remakes a 1980s TV drama. But it reclaims some of Hollywood's '80s attitude, in the process."
‑ Sean O'Connell,
"Entertaining but uninspired, The Equalizer proves if nothing else why Washington remains one of our better, if underused, movie stars."
‑ Joshua Starnes,
"One of the best american actions films in years. Rock-solid action with a heart. Washington is cast to perfection."
‑ Chris Bumbray, JoBlo's Movie Emporium
More reviews for The Equalizer on Rotten Tomatoes