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  • Summary: John Q. Archibald (Washington) is an ordinary man who must face the fact that his health insurance will not pay for the emergency heart transplant that is his son's only hope. Vowing to do whatever it takes to keep his son alive, John Q decides his only hope is a desperate gamble, and he takes the emergency room hostage. (New Line Cinema) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 33
  2. Negative: 14 out of 33
  1. An all-stops-out rabble-rouser that hurls a broadside at America's medical insurance crisis.
  2. Gripping, if manipulative and somewhat preposterous, drama.
  3. 50
    Waste in the health care system is deplorable, but waste on the movie screen isn't so great either.
  4. 38
    The movie goes awry from the opening shots.
  5. Reviewed by: Ed Park
    Washington is in default dignified mode here. He capably embodies the hero's transformation from doughy dad to man of action, amid the movie's shameless button-pushing and cheap religious overlay.
  6. 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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 39 out of 54
  2. Negative: 8 out of 54
  1. Feb 24, 2013
    The underrated Denzel Washington, gives an Oscar worthy performance as John Q, a man willing to do anything to save the life of his son. This movie shows two things. How heartless the rich and powerful can truly be and how one man can make a difference. This is a powerful movie that shows how strong the relationship between father and son can be and just how important it is for every person in the country to have health care. Expand
  2. RetchelA.
    Mar 19, 2007
    I'm a nursing student from the Philippines. I watched the movie not because it was my choice but because it was a requirement in our nursing program. At first, I thought that the movie was all crap, just like what most movie reviews says..But they are mistaken because for me, Denzel Washington deserved the award that he got after doing the movie(best actor) because it was so good..Call it corny or anything like that but also admit that these kind of things can happen in the real setting, especially if you have the kind of family that John Q. had, a not-so-well-off family.. There was even a part of the movie where in I have to get out of the room just so I won't make myself be a laughing stuff and cry in front of my classmates!!! It feels so good to be able to watch a good movie like this after 'beyond borders'... This should be how fathers dedicate themselves in taking care of thier children.... Keep up the good work guys!!!(for all the members and crews of this movie). Expand
  3. Nov 27, 2011
    I thought it was a good film. It does take a little to get into and its a little boring at first but in the end its well worth it. I really enjoyed it and I think many others would as well. Expand
  4. Oct 5, 2011
    "oh dad, im a cute little boy who loves my family and now im sick, please feel sorry for me and make the doctors fix me" - "We dont have enough money son because I have a crappy job and the man is out to ruin our lives" blah blah Expand
  5. Mar 22, 2013
    A crowd-pleasing film that is shamelessly exploitative and manipulative. Denzel does his best, but his performance alone cannot lift a script so recklessly sappy. Expand
  6. Aug 26, 2013
    The directing has gone into overdrive with its message and use of music and scenery. And not in a good way, although the acting is good. The writing just feels tacked on and unoriginal. Expand
  7. [Anonymous]
    May 28, 2006
    One word to describe this movie "Corny". I got into this movie in for free, yet I felt like i should've got paid for watching it. My two friends like it. They thought it was a smart movie because they got the repetitive "message". But this is coming from a couple of bone heads thought "Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo" was a brilliant comedy. Expand

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