John Q Synopsis
A man (Denzel Washington) with a dying son takes hostages at a hospital.
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63

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
This is an A-list cast toiling on a C-list screenplay.
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63

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
One can excuse the movie's missteps and melodramatic moments in the greater interest of the strong statement it makes about our health care...
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50

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
It's as forgettable as they come.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
More hokey than heartfelt.
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50

Boston Globe

By Jay Carr
A well-intentioned but self-defeatingly manipulative film that amounts to an impassioned commercial for national health care.
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50

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
The movie could have used a brain transplant. It doesn't explore injustice -- it just exploits it.
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50

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
It's not honest, and it's certainly no solution.
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50

Chicago Tribune

By Mark Caro
Waste in the health care system is deplorable, but waste on the movie screen isn't so great either.
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10

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
John Q. is as fake as that tear, an exploitative mess trying to pass as social activism.
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0

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Every so often a movie transcends stupidity and soars into the empyrean of true idiocy. John Q. is such a movie.
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John Q. Movie Review

By Asianfreak
83 out of 100 The first raging film I've seen Denzel cry in and it's an amazing experience....

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By MongrolMan
This one is awesome, but I can only watch it so much because it's way too tearjerking....

By lilmermaid1985
Awesome movie. Had some funny parts....

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Rated PG-13
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Iffy for 15+ Thought-provoking. Too intense for young teens.
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