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John Q

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Due to a national health care crisis in the United States, John Quincy Archibald's insurance won't cover his son's heart transplant. With no recourse but to take his son home to die, John snaps and holds the staff and patients of the hospital's emergency room hostage at gunpoint.
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The movie comes dangerously close to saying that the solution to a personal grievance is, well, terrorism, when you get right down to it.
September 24, 2007
Minneapolis Star Tribune
A polemic in search of a plot.
November 06, 2002
Entertainment Weekly
Cassavetes thinks he's making Dog Day Afternoon with a cause, but all he's done is to reduce everything he touches to a shrill, didactic cartoon.
February 21, 2002
Cinema Crazed
A hokey and often silly commentary about the medical industry, and corruption within the establishment.
April 29, 2009
Groucho Reviews
Strands good actors in mushy, movie-of-the-week material. [Blu-ray]
May 17, 2009
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Instead of presenting the story and allowing us to draw our own conclusions, Cassavetes blatantly tells us what we should think.
January 07, 2004
Social messages, simplistic action, and teary melodrama are manipulatively but unsuccessfully mixed in this picture, which tries to provide a "hard" look at an honest working-class man (Washington) who loses control while trying to save his child's life
December 18, 2006
New York Magazine/Vulture
It pulls out more stops than that old silent serial The Perils of Pauline. Unfortunately, it's a talkie.
February 24, 2002
New York Observer
Manipulative sentimentality, contrived plot and phony climax.
March 13, 2002
Arizona Republic
A sappy, melodramatic Denzel Washington vehicle that ensnares you in the standard hostage-movie scenario and doesn't let go until the director runs the whole playbook.
March 04, 2002