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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Sonny Bunch
Washington Free Beacon

The perfect marriage of generic material and a huge star.

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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

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

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Jason Bailey

Noting the giant plot holes and laughing at the picture's overinflated self-importance become the closest thing it offers to entertainment. God, what a rotten movie this is.

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James Berardinelli

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

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Wesley Morris

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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Russell Baillie
New Zealand Herald

Washington's had much worse pulp outings than this and here he's done a bang-up job.

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Flixster Audience Score: 76% Flixster User Reviews
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
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
Everett Johnson
When I finished this I said "Denzel makes Brian Mills look like a punk!" Now, they may be an overstatement, but this is the best Denzel has been(or… More
Kase Vollebregt
Fuqua's film is diluted by cliches, predictabilities and a seemingly untouchable protagonist. All the 'conflict' feels weak.
Christian C
You'd better know the back story to "The Equalizer" before going in, cuz it sure as heck ain't ever explained. The film has more plot holes… More