John Q

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Generally favorable reviews- based on 109 Ratings

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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 heJohn 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

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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. Like a tone-deaf singer at a benefit concert, John Q. is a bad movie appearing on behalf of a good cause.
  3. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    50
    A well-intentioned but self-defeatingly manipulative film that amounts to an impassioned commercial for national health care.
  4. Not a movie but a live-action agitprop cartoon so shameless and coarse, it's almost funny.
  5. 38
    The kind of movie Mad magazine prays for. It is so earnest, so overwrought and so wildly implausible that it begs to be parodied.
  6. 20
    So lacking in shame that it finally seems laughable.
  7. Wall Street Journal
    Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    0
    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: 37 out of 57
  2. Negative: 8 out of 57
  1. Feb 24, 2013
    10
    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. ThisThe 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
    9
    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 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
    8
    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 reallyI 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
    4
    "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"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 15, 2015
    4
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. While I liked the idea of the movie, and the message, I don't like this movie, first off Denzel Washington is the only tolerable actor I find, and the hospital takeover takes too long to get going and goes by too fast. Expand
  6. Mar 22, 2013
    4
    A crowd-pleasing film that is shamelessly exploitative and manipulative. Denzel does his best, but his performance alone cannot lift a scriptA 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
  7. [Anonymous]
    May 28, 2006
    1
    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 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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