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John QDue 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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Directors of "John Q"Nick CassavetesBirthdate: 21 May 1959, New York City, New York, USA
Creators of "John Q"James Kearns
Critic Reviews of "John Q"L.A. WeeklyJanuary 21, 2003
A coercive script by James Kearns, and some middling direction by Nick Cassavetes, can't rob the movie of an undeniable, headlong crowd-pleasing power as it tackles an issue that touches us all.Minneapolis Star TribuneNovember 06, 2002
A polemic in search of a plot.New York ObserverMarch 13, 2002
Manipulative sentimentality, contrived plot and phony climax.Arizona RepublicMarch 04, 2002
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.New York Magazine/VultureFebruary 24, 2002
It pulls out more stops than that old silent serial The Perils of Pauline. Unfortunately, it's a talkie.Entertainment WeeklyFebruary 21, 2002
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.Common Sense MediaJanuary 01, 2011
Thought-provoking. Too intense for young teens.Groucho ReviewsMay 17, 2009
Strands good actors in mushy, movie-of-the-week material. [Blu-ray]Cinema CrazedApril 29, 2009
A hokey and often silly commentary about the medical industry, and corruption within the establishment.eFilmCritic.comSeptember 24, 2007
The movie comes dangerously close to saying that the solution to a personal grievance is, well, terrorism, when you get right down to it.EmanuelLevy.ComDecember 18, 2006
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 lifeStar-Democrat (Easton, MD)January 07, 2004
Instead of presenting the story and allowing us to draw our own conclusions, Cassavetes blatantly tells us what we should think.
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