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A man's nine-year-old son is in desperate need of a life-saving transplant. When he discovers that his medical insurance won’t cover the costs of the surgery and alternative government aid is unavailable, John Q. Archibald takes a hospital emergency room hostage in a last-ditch attempt to save his child.
Thriller Drama - A powerful drama, but probably not quite as intense as you might
think it would be from the previews. It contains quite a bit of much
needed humor, which helps to break up some of the intense dramatic
scenes. It also appears to be a real tear-jerker, but it's really
not. Sure it's sad and it makes you feel for the characters, but it
probably won't bring you to tears.
PROFANITY: 2 F-words, 4 GD's, 4 S-words and quite a few milder ones. SEX/NUDITY: None VIOLENCE: Very low. Nothing graphic. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: None ACTION: None COMEDY: Quite a bit of humor for such as an intense story.
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James Berardinelli, Internet Critic
Review Average "Yet, for all of those good intentions, John Q turns
out to be hopelessly mediocre - a poorly scripted, preachy fable that forgets
about unfolding a coherent, believable story in its zeal to spread propaganda.''
Review Below Average "John Q is the kind of movie Mad magazine prays
for. It is so earnest, so overwrought and so wildly implausible that it begs to
be parodied. I agree with its message, but the message is pounded in with such
fevered melodrama, it's as slanted and manipulative as your average political
Review Above Average "Washington puts in another strong performance as a
distraught father. But it's a testament to his talents that the movie doesn't
lapse into an ER-like, tear-inducing episode. Washingon's character is
the ultimate superdad — a manipulative device — but we would have been
rooting for him anyway. One can excuse the movie's missteps and melodramatic
moments in the greater interest of the strong statement it makes about our
health care system.''
TV Guide OnlineFull
Review Below Average "A problem picture that says all the right things and
does all the wrong ones... ...the movie's tone and plot twists are so
ludicrously overwrought that even Washington's admirably restrained performance
can't rescue it from its own excesses.''
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
These are some EXTREMELY HIGH OPINIONS! Also remarkable is that there were NO LOW OPINIONS AT ALL! That's highly unusual and indicates a movie everyone should enjoy.
GO SEE "JOHN Q"!
Publisher Comments: (before opinions collected)
From the previews this appears to be a very intense drama and it is in a few scenes, but when it gets intense there is usually some humor thrown in to help break the tension. This makes for an unusual but entertaining movie.
Fortunately, the audience made my ability to predict who will enjoy this movie much easier. At the end of the movie the audience clapped, which is the best endorsement for a movie you can get.
I believe everyone will enjoy "John Q" very much. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT!
John Q. Archibald ( Denzel Washington) is an ordinary man who works at a factory and takes care of his family. His wife Denise (Kimberly Elise) and young son Michael (Daniel E. Smith) are his world. But when Michael falls seriously ill and needs an emergency heart transplant operation that John Q. can't afford and his health insurance won't cover, he vows to do whatever it will take to keep his son alive. With time and options running out, a desperate gamble becomes his only hope — he takes the emergency room hostage.
As John Q. barricades himself inside the hospital along with his unwitting group of emergency room hostages, many of them in need of medical care themselves, he faces off with a veteran police hostage negotiator (Robert Duvall) and a quick- tempered police chief (Ray
Liotta) who wants to bring a swift end to the stand-off.