BULLSEYE OR MISFIRE: The Equalizer Reviews

By Dr. Know on September 26th, 2014

Critic Reviews for The Equalizer

via Rotten Tomatoes

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

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ReelViews
Top Critic

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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New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

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

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TheWrap
Top Critic

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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Grantland
Top Critic

If The Equalizer is the hit it should be, it will give this veteran action star his very first movie franchise.

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TIME Magazine
Top Critic

This is a kid’s fantasy of how to be bigger and badder than anybody else. As for Washington, no doubt he now has his very own franchise.

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Christian Science Monitor
Top Critic

Most of it feels derivative, and not just to fans of the TV show.

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Cinemalogue.com

The Equalizer is a slow-burn, B-movie hero origin story propped up by a great lead actor and some unique stylistic flourishes.

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ScreenRant

With intense character work and slick filmmaking, The Equalizer tells us everything we need to know without revealing too much.

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L.A. Biz

Overlong at 131 minutes and frequently monotonous in its carnage, The Equalizer fails to deliver the basic thrills one would expect from a Denzel Washington action picture.

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Aisle Seat

The Equalizer is more amusingly juiced-up than a charabanc full of drunken Elvis impersonators.

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Irish Times

It isn’t often that we see a two-time Academy Award winner dragging a bad guy’s face across broken glass, and maiming another with a nail gun. Denzel Washington goes there with gusto in The Equalizer, a bloody study in vigilante justice.

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Tampa Bay Times

Why should Liam Neeson have all the fun? Denzel is fun as vigilante killing machine.

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Boston Herald

The action sequences are handled well, and Washington — as always — makes the film immensely watchable. (Complete Content Review for Parents Also Available)

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Screen It!

Director Antoine Fuqua handles it all with jaded skill, and at inordinate length but the film’s combination of silliness and extreme brutality is depressing.

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The Australian

Generic revenge porn that’s redeemed by its star, Denzel Washington.

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Three Movie Buffs

There’s a crude, appealing simplicity to such a single-minded action movie, but it’s undone here by monotony.

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The Dissolve

As good as Washington is in everything he does — including this run-of-the-mill actioner — one wishes the talented actor would retire the action hero outfit as well.

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Toledo Blade

Best seen by hard line action fans, and best avoided by those who are not.

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Herald Sun (Australia)

It is an empty vessel with such a simplistic premise for what turns out to be a sadistic bloodbath.

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At the Movies (Australia)

This sort of visual jazziness lends a moderate amount of interest to a film that, in dramatic terms, remains both leaden and absurd.

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Sydney Morning Herald
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