The Mighty Quinn
The Mighty Quinn (1989)

Xavier Quinn (Denzel Washington) is police chief of a tiny Caribbean island. Quinn's efforts to straddle the fence between the local blacks and the moneyed whites have lost him the respect of both groups. When a murder is committed,… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: February 6, 2001
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88%
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48%

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Critic Score: 88% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A deft hybrid of laughs, espionage, and music, The Mighty Quinn is a smart, pleasant entertainment that offers an early example of Denzel Washington's onscreen magnetism.

Vincent Canby
New York Times

[Washington] gives the kind of smooth, funny, laid-back performance that could help make him the first black matinee idol since Sidney Poitier.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Pleasing comical murder mystery that takes place on a small Caribbean island.

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Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium

A terrific mystery with a Caribbean beat; Denzel Washington needs to do more movies like this.

Rita Kempley
Washington Post

With Fancher's dialogue and Washington's comedic timing, The Mighty Quinn is more fun than a cabana full of bananas.

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Clint Morris
Tsunami Magazine

An award-worthy performance by Washington

Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

Engrossing mystery in a unique setting

Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

The Mighty Quinn is a spy thriller, a buddy movie, a musical, a comedy and a picture that is wise about human nature. And yet with all of those qualities, it never seems to strain.

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Film4

The colourful locale -- it was shot on the northeastern coast of Jamaica -- spices up the formulaic screenplay, which contains sentimental twaddle about identifying with one's culture.

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Mark R. Leeper
rec.arts.movies.reviews

The film has the unmistakable (or maybe only semi-mistakable) feel of a television pilot.

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Flixster Audience Score: 48% Flixster User Reviews
Deb S
The smooth and charming Denzel Washington plays a Caribbean cop investigating a murder that his childhood friend Maubee (Robert Townsend) may be implicated in.… More
Brian R
I really enjoyed watching "The Mighty Quinn". The picture is very well directed and well casted. Denzel Washington plays a West Indies chief Xavier… More
Chosen 718
Very entertaining, good performances by Townsend and Washington. Good ending.