Roman J. Israel, Esq.

Roman J. Israel, Esq.

Roman J. Israel, Esq.

Denzel Washington and Colin Farrell star in this dramatic courtroom thriller from the director of Nightcrawler.

Washington stars as a driven, idealistic defense attorney whose life is upended when a turbulent series of events challenge the activism that has defined his career. Farrell costars as the ambitious, monied lawyer who recruits Roman to his firm.

2017129 minsUSA
CrimeDrama

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Roman J. Israel, Esq. / Reviews

Vulture

Vulture

This is a formula movie but Gilroy is no hack. He hits the expected beats but with more colour and depth than you expect.

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Variety

Variety

Roman is a fantastic character, and Washington's high-wire performance is one of his most daring and compelling.

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Vanity Fair

Vanity Fair

Its depiction of weary activism, both lost and renewed, is well-suited to our dark times.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

It's not a role we're used to seeing Washington play... but he's never been better.

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Screen Daily

Screen Daily

Denzel Washington gives a terrifically off-kilter performance in this fascinating and flawed character study that frustratingly can't meld all its ambitions into a coherent and satisfying whole.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

Unfortunately, something at the centre just doesn't hold, and it flies apart over the course of 133 minutes into confusing shards of plot, legalese-heavy monologues and ... a touch of soggy sentimentality in the home stretch.

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Collider

Collider

It's a movie that could have packed an emotional punch and considered the cost of pursuing purity, but instead it settles for schmaltz.

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