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The Equalizer (2014)



Critic Consensus: The Equalizer is more stylishly violent than meaningful, but with Antoine Fuqua behind the cameras and Denzel Washington dispensing justice, it delivers.

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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. (c) Sony

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Denzel Washington
as Robert McCall
Bill Pullman
as Brian Plummer
Melissa Leo
as Susan Plummer
Vladimir Kulich
as Vladimir Pushkin
E. Roger Mitchell
as Lead Investigator
James Wilcox
as Pederson
Mike Morrell
as HM Brian
Shawn Fitzgibbon
as Little John Looney
Timothy John Smith
as Detective Gilly
Timothy Smith
as Detective Gilly
Robert Wahlberg
as Detective Harris
Steve Sweeney
as Counterman
Luz Sanchez
as Ralphie's Mom
John Romualdi
as Agent Mosley
Johnny Messner
as P&E Worker
Patrick Coppola
as Homeowner
Jenny Johnson
as Reporter
Peter Haydu
as Bank Officer
Tait Fletcher
as Teddy's Guy
Mark Stefanich
as Teddy's Guy
Dan Bilzerian
as Teddy's Guy
Matthew Leonard
as Teddy's Guy
Elisala Baker
as Teddy's Guy
Yan Dron
as Teddy's Guy
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Critic Reviews for The Equalizer

All Critics (203) | Top Critics (57)

This paint-by-numbers film, though powerful when you watch it, largely thanks to its lead actor, has no lasting emotional affect.

March 7, 2017 | Full Review…

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.

July 19, 2016 | Full Review…

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.

June 18, 2016 | Full Review…

The director, Antoine Fuqua, relies on small details, which anchor the vigilante-as-saint myth in at least a minimal degree of reality.

September 29, 2014 | Full Review…

It's utter balderdash that could lose at least 30 minutes from its bloated running time, but I'd be lying if I didn't admit that the DIY violence struck a neanderthal nerve.

September 28, 2014 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

"[Washington] projects the same kind of dignified gravitas whether he's playing Malcolm X or pulverising someone's skull with a Black & Decker drill."

September 28, 2014 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Equalizer

Squadrons of foreign baddies are coldly dispensed with using extreme prejudice, left and right, up and down, our hero a cynical garbage collector and no more. As cookie cutter as they come, this genre apparently a cash cow for all of Hollywood.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

A vigilante action thriller that gets going very slowly and easily could have clocked in under two hours, but can rely on a charismatic leading man. Especially during the showdown the violence is surprisingly brutal, but there is little excitement building up, because our hero is so godamn cool and competent in each of its slow-motions, that you never doubt he could succeed. That's rather entertaining but could have been much cooler with more interesting minor characters and a little more threat.

Jens S.
Jens S.

Super Reviewer


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 mystery in the early going, but it all does its job when the story gets going. The atmosphere and mood of this action thriller proves to be the key to this picture. Then there's the action. The action is stylized; however, it does contain a sense of realism to it all. The mature violence also fits well with the story concept. DIY. To the film's advantage, Denzel Washington ends up with a likable character with an equal adversary, Marton Csokas, roaming the aisles. Chloe Grace Moretz has her moments early on. Despite a 2+ hour tedious pace, The Equalizer manages to become a rewarding thriller.

JY Skacto
JY Skacto

Super Reviewer

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