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The Equalizer Synopsis
McCall is a man who believes he has put his mysterious past behind him. But when McCall meets Teri, a young girl under the control of ultra-violent Russian gangsters, he can’t stand idly by – he has to help her. Armed with hidden skills that allow...
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Richard Roeper
The Equalizer features some gruesomely creative violence, but it’s equally memorable for the small, gritty moments set in that diner, or on...
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Todd McCarthy
Ramping up his style to a more dynamic and elegant level than he’s achieved previously, Fuqua socks over the suspense and action but also...
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By James Rocchi
Willfully empty but wildly entertaining, The Equalizer stands out from its peers like a wolf among lapdogs, as Fuqua and Washington bring...
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
The Equalizer, which reteams Washington with his Training Day director, Fuqua, is an origin story, like the birth of Batman, or Daredevil....
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
The Equalizer is silly but irresistible, taking situations of inherent gut-level impact and exploiting them for every bit of emotion and...
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New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
There’s nothing hugely original about the script by Richard Wenk (who cowrote “Expendables 2” with Sylvester Stallone), but Washington is a...
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By Susan Wloszczyna
While some might decry the ludicrous showdown that unfolds in the darkened aisles of McCall’s mega-store workplace, I got a kick out of...
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch

By Joe Williams
The Equalizer, loosely based on the TV series of the late ’80s, is a guilty-pleasure platform for Washington’s slow-cooked, kick-butt...
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Village Voice

By Alan Scherstuhl
Fuqua steadily parades his big moments, and the movie works as unhinged spectacle. As a thriller it's less certain.
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By Scott Foundas
Ponderously overlong and not even half as much fun as it should have been, The Equalizer still gets a lot of mileage out of Washington’s...
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This is definitely a tribute to the old Lonewolf cop/gangster movies. Guys like Humphrey Bogart and James Cagney they all made their entire careers portraying characters like this it's a real...


By RussB5
Denzel Washington's character was played well with the mild mannered and overly concerned persona. I love to see actors of Mr. Washington's caliber, versatility, and seasoned back ground do these fun...

Great Film!

By getfitwithblake
This was a great film to watch and I enjoyed watching it but I can't believe it was as graphic as it was. Now I know that films from Antoine Fuqua are intense but I did not expect it to be nearly as...

Just awesome

This movie was so good, Denzel was stunning in acting performance, great story line. It's start slow but makes it up as it go the acting was all good just love this movie all I am going to say is...

Great movie

By mreylds

Best Movie of the year!!

By cherokeeking
This movie is exactly what thrill seekers are seeking. Powerful and strong! If you like movies like Action movies you will find yourself on the edge of your seat. Great acting and direction... I hope...


By Butter_Brother
This has to be rated as one of the best action movies ever. Watch this potential Oscar winning performance by Denzel Washington Craig San Jose, California...

OK, Far-fetched story, as usual!

By goldlizsts
I'll give you a 2.5 star, rounded up to 3. It opened so boringly sloooow to begin with (first half hour or so). The story is overly stretched. I take Denzel had a secret agent past, CIA, or.... a...

The Equalizer Rocks!

By AlanRBC
I'm a huge Denzel fan so I would have seen this movie no matter what. It was awesome! Denzel plays this part well and really develops the character. I liked the creativity of Denzel and I really...

Intense, Riveting, First Rate Thrill Ride

By davalanadc1
Superstar Denzel Washington is clearly still at the top of his game in this reboot of the 1980s TV crime drama "The Equalizer". Washington's character, the unassuming insomniac Robert McCall, turns...

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Rated R | For Some Sexual References, Language Throughout and Strong Bloody Violence
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Pause for kids 16 & under Denzel's TV-based action thriller is violent but stylish.
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