New York Daily News:
Actors who can hold our attention — even when they’re being incredibly still — are rare. The term “movies,” after all, is short for “moving pictures.” But Denzel Washington sits stoic as a stone through much of “The Equalizer,” as if he’s part of an action-star sculpture garden. He dares us to look away — and we can’t.
Washington’s Bob McCall is a guy who lives his life like clockwork, whether sitting alone in his Boston apartment or in his favorite diner at 2 a.m. Bob is a watchful guy. Even when he’s reading one of the 100 classic novels his late wife inspired him to tackle, or working his shift at a Home Depot-like hardware mart, Bob’s attuned to everything.