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: September 26, 2014
DVD Release Date: December 30, 2014
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Critic Score: 60% 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.

Katie Kilkenny
The Atlantic

The movie's all about reading, especially with a critical eye, but when you take too close a look at its disparate parts, they neither add up nor have anything constructive to teach.

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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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Britt Hayes
Birth.Movies.Death.

Unfortunately, Fuqua's film is tonally discordant, vacillating between gloriously ridiculous and mind-numbing; sometimes it's just plain dull.

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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
TheWrap

It gets sillier as it goes along, but it's never not entertaining.

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Dwight Brown
National Newspaper Publishers Association

This paint-by-numbers film, though powerful when you watch it, largely thanks to its lead actor, has no lasting emotional affect.

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James Berardinelli
ReelViews

Fuqua infuses The Equalizer with a low-key energy and is in no hurry to rush into things.

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Wesley Morris
Grantland

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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Sonny Bunch
Washington Free Beacon

The perfect marriage of generic material and a huge star.

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Flixster Audience Score: 76% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
Squadrons of foreign baddies are coldly dispensed with using extreme prejudice, left and right, up and down, our hero a cynical garbage collector and no more.… 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
Jens S.
A vigilante action thriller that gets going very slowly and easily could have clocked in under two hours, but can rely on a charismatic leading man. Especially… More
Kase Vollebregt
Fuqua's film is diluted by cliches, predictabilities and a seemingly untouchable protagonist. All the 'conflict' feels weak.
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