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The Equalizer

Thriller . Action . Crime

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 (Chloë Grace Moretz), 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 him to serve vengeance against anyone who would brutalize the helpless, McCall comes out of his self-imposed retirement and finds his desire for justice reawakened. If someone has a problem, if the odds are stacked against them, if they have nowhere else to turn, McCall will help. He is The Equalizer.

Actors: Denzel Washington , Marton Csokas , Chloë Grace Moretz , David Harbour , Haley Bennett , Bill Pullman , Melissa Leo , David Meunier , Johnny Skourtis , Alex Veadov
Directors: Antoine Fuqua
Country: USA
Release: 2014-09-26
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  • Andrew O'Hehir

    The Equalizer is gripping, mysterious and even sometimes moving, but it’s never pleasant, still less fun. If you decide to go, don’t claim you weren’t warned. If you skip it, you’re missing one of the year’s signal works of superior Hollywood craftsmanship. Full Review
  • 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 the rough-and-tumble streets of Boston. And most of all, it’s got Denzel going for it.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Richard Corliss

    If The Equalizer is the hit it should be, it will give this veteran action star his very first movie franchise. In the sequel, Denzel-McCall could make things right in Ukraine as Obama’s Secretary of Defense and one-man army.

    Time Full Review
  • 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 takes the time for some quiet, even spare moments to emphasize the hero’s calm and apartness.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • James Rocchi

    Willfully empty but wildly entertaining, The Equalizer stands out from its peers like a wolf among lapdogs, as Fuqua and Washington bring out the best in each other for the benefit of the audience.

    TheWrap Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    Director Anton Fuqua has jettisoned almost everything related to the TV series except the title, the main character's name, and the bare-bones premise. Even the theme song is gone. For all intents and purposes, The Equalizer isn't so much a reboot as it is an entirely new entity.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Steve Persall

    It's easy to see why neither Home Depot nor Lowe's chose to go the product placement route. Too many cleanups in the power tool department.

    Tampa Bay Times Full Review
  • Steven Rea

    The Equalizer, which reteams Washington with his Training Day director, Fuqua, is an origin story, like the birth of Batman, or Daredevil. If audiences and star are so inclined, it's easy to see this premise and this character - a tough, taciturn gent burdened with regret and a very special skill set - going into Roman numerals.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Lou Lumenick

    There’s nothing hugely original about the script by Richard Wenk (who cowrote “Expendables 2” with Sylvester Stallone), but Washington is a master at putting his own inimitable and stylish spin on even the most familiar situations.

    New York Post Full Review
  • 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 watching Washington turn everyday hardware supplies into lethal weaponry. Full Review
  • Mick LaSalle

    The Equalizer is silly but irresistible, taking situations of inherent gut-level impact and exploiting them for every bit of emotion and tension. It could never have been a great movie.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Lawrence Toppman

    Denzel Washington doesn’t demonstrate how great he is with first-rate scripts such as “Flight.” He does it by elevating sophisticated pulp like The Equalizer to a higher level.

    Charlotte Observer Full Review
  • Kenneth Turan

    A tense thriller that also has more on its mind than the familiar genre constraints it operates under.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Bill Goodykoontz

    Truly, you don't have to watch former secret agents relentlessly wipe out villains. But if you want to, you'd be hard-pressed to find anyone better than Washington for the task.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • Peter Rainer

    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.

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • Louis Black

    Washington is always superb when playing characters with a surface calm, but a boiling-over interior. Here, as the protagonist, he steers a vivid course through a seamy world.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Liam Lacey

    Bring on the sequel please, because, as fine as Denzel is, director Antoine Fuqua’s The Equalizer is not so good – a self-consciously stylized, stop-and-start hodgepodge of Death Wish street vengeance, Bond-style Russian villainy, and moodily shot Boston locale.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    The material shows its age when McCall goes all "Taxi Driver" to save a teen hooker (a scrappy Chloë Grace Moretz) from her pimps. But Washington and director Antoine Fuqua, who teamed for the actor's Oscar-winning role in 2001's "Training Day," keep the action humming.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • 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 heroism.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    Through it all, Washington’s stillness is emphasized, so much so that the film slows down just to make sure we appreciate the presence and the talent behind it.

    McClatchy-Tribune News Service Full Review
  • Mike Scott

    There's a soothing catharsis in the idea that good guys are every bit as capable as bad guys of raining hellfire down on their enemies.

    New Orleans Times-Picayune Full Review
  • A.O. Scott

    Mr. Fuqua, while not the world’s most subtle filmmaker, directs the action sequences with bluntness and clarity and effectively uses his star as an oasis of calm in a jumpy, nasty universe.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Joe Neumaier

    The movie is tense and coiled for its first hour, then becomes routine in its second half.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Alan Scherstuhl

    Fuqua steadily parades his big moments, and the movie works as unhinged spectacle. As a thriller it's less certain.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Kim Newman

    Though overstretched and a trifle ponderous, this is a solidly acceptable star vehicle with more than enough righteous vengeance for an evening of classy thrills.

    Empire Full Review
  • David Edelstein

    There’s a special kind of hell for artists who array vigilante revenge-porn in saintly garb, and Denzel Washington and director Antoine Fuqua should go to the front of that damnable line after The Equalizer.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Ty Burr

    This Equalizer is a brooding, brutal origin tale, one that starts well but steadily caves into genre clichés. It’s a B-movie sheep in A-movie clothing, acceptable meathead mayhem as long as you know what you’re paying for.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Joe Morgenstern

    Mr. Fuqua, who did such a fine job directing Mr. Washington and Ethan Hawke in "Training Day," loses control of an increasingly slapdash script, and the whole movie turns into a slaughterhouse. The question isn't who wants it — box office action is assured — but who needs it?

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Michael Phillips

    For an hour or so The Equalizer glides along and works; in the second hour, plus change, it turns into a shameless slaughter contrivance with a flabby sense of pace. I did like one line: "When you pay for rain, you gotta deal with the mud too." Washington's the rain; by the end, the movie is the mud.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Rodrigo Perez

    Not particularly sophisticated, the searing intensity of revenge in The Equalizer is still occasionally arresting (and even entertaining) in its stylish hard-R violence.

    The Playlist Full Review
  • 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 unassailable star presence.

    Variety Full Review
  • Marc Mohan

    The lunacy to which The Equalizer descends is especially disappointing because the movie starts out with some promise.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • A.A. Dowd

    It’s just more joyless junk, another title to bury at the bottom of Fuqua’s resume.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Tim Robey

    Fuqua’s film is lacking much of an intelligible plot other than “tough hombre rights wrongs in ways pushing the boundaries of a 15 rating”.

    The Telegraph Full Review
  • Scott Tobias

    Say this for The Equalizer: It gets the job done, and that job, to quote A Clockwork Orange, is delivering a little of the old ultra-violence.

    The Dissolve Full Review
  • Paul MacInnes

    Denzel is so cool, so made of pure nails he can make even the most preposterous action scene feel thrilling. But Denzel's strength is also his weakness.

    The Guardian Full Review
  • Christopher Gray

    All this should build up to a moderately engaging battle of wits, but Richard Wenk's script has little interest in wit and no capacity for psychology.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Ann Hornaday

    For all of The Equalizer’s overkill, Washington retains an admirable air of seriousness, embodying McCall as a believable figure of purity and protection, even when he’s going after his opponents with methodical, thoughtfully choreographed sadism.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Joe McGovern

    It's the sign of an empty, depressing experience when the only tension is over Bob's choice to use a power drill or a weed whacker for his next kill.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Joshua Rothkopf

    The Equalizer is a stone-dumb movie.

    Time Out New York Full Review
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