John Q
John Q (2002)

A national health care crisis in the United States yields this tense drama from screenwriter James Kearns and director Nick Cassavetes, who experienced a real-life dilemma with his daughter's congenital heart disease that mirrors the… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: February 15, 2002
DVD Release Date: July 16, 2002
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Critic Score: 23% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Washington's performance rises above the material, but John Q pounds the audience over the head with its message.

John Patterson
L.A. Weekly

A coercive script by James Kearns, and some middling direction by Nick Cassavetes, can't rob the movie of an undeniable, headlong crowd-pleasing power as it tackles an issue that touches us all.

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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic

A sappy, melodramatic Denzel Washington vehicle that ensnares you in the standard hostage-movie scenario and doesn't let go until the director runs the whole playbook.

Afsheen Nomai
Common Sense Media

Thought-provoking. Too intense for young teens.

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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune

A polemic in search of a plot.

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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture

It pulls out more stops than that old silent serial The Perils of Pauline. Unfortunately, it's a talkie.

Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews

Strands good actors in mushy, movie-of-the-week material. [Blu-ray]

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Rex Reed
New York Observer

Manipulative sentimentality, contrived plot and phony climax.

Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly

Cassavetes thinks he's making Dog Day Afternoon with a cause, but all he's done is to reduce everything he touches to a shrill, didactic cartoon.

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

A hokey and often silly commentary about the medical industry, and corruption within the establishment.

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Flixster Audience Score: 78% Flixster User Reviews
John Manard
Explosive idea for a film. Denzel Washington as usual puts on a great performance.
Albert Kim
Denzel can't save this awfully directed movie. Awful direction/cinematography/script. There's literally a scene where a woman goes, "Why are you… More
Alex roy
John Q is a good drama film that could have been much better. With Denzel Washington in the lead, it single handily saves this film from a being a bad film. The… More
Bobby Hobbs
Denzel Washington plays an amazing role as John Q struggling to find ways to get his boy an emergency transplant; when all honest approaches fail he snaps and… More
Melvin White
John Q. Archibald: My son is dying, and I'm broke. If I don't qualify for Medicare, WHO THE HELL DOES?  "Give a father no choice and you leave… More
Al S
A gripping, exciting and emotionally charged edge of your seat thriller. It's ER meets Dog Day Afternoon. A very intense and moving film that has something… More