John Q

John Q
John Q
  • PG-13
  • 1h 56m
  • 2001
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Academy Award-winner Denzel Washington stars as John Q. Archibald, an ordinary man who works at a factory and takes care of his family. But when John Q.'s young son needs an emergency heart transplant--an operation that he can't afford and his health insurance won't cover--John Q. will do anything to keep his son alive. As time and options run out, a desperate gamble becomes the only hope for John Q. John Q. takes an unwitting group people hostage in the hospital emergency room. Now as many in the ER need medical care themselves and John Q. faces off with veteran police hostage negotiator (Robert Duvall) and quick-tempered police chief (Ray Liotta), can a nonviolent end be found to a desperate situation?

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

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Rotten23%
Critics Consensus: Washington's performance rises above the material, but John Q pounds the audience over the head with its message.
Reviews
L.A. Weekly
John Patterson
Fresh

A coercive script by James Kearns, and some middling direction by Nick Cassavetes, can't rob the m...

June 17, 2017
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Jeff Strickler
Rotten

A polemic in search of a plot.

June 17, 2017
Observer
Rex Reed
Rotten

Manipulative sentimentality, contrived plot and phony climax.

June 17, 2017
Arizona Republic
Bill Muller
Rotten

A sappy, melodramatic Denzel Washington vehicle that ensnares you in the standard hostage-movie sc...

June 17, 2017
Detroit News
Susan Stark
Rotten

June 17, 2017
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Thought-provoking. Too intense for young teens.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this is an intense film that deals with themes of death and failures of the medical system. These might be a lot for some kids to handle, particularly since a young boy's life hangs in the balance for most of the film. Violence and foul language are sporadic, limited to short scenes or moments. Fighting, stabbing, gunshots, attempted murder, and attempted suicide are featured in the film.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Thriller, Drama
  • Release Date:November 1, 2001
  • Highest Available for Purchase:HD

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