Roman J. Israel, Esq. Reviews

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February 2, 2018
The results are entertaining and watchable, but always slightly, oddly out of sync with the eponymous turn.
February 1, 2018
Through his sheer learned technique and presence, Washington sells this one.
January 31, 2018
Clearly conceived as a morality play, the awkwardly titled film is too contrived and predictable to efficiently deliver the emotional punch it aims for.
November 23, 2017
It's a credit to Washington's rock solid performance that we care as much as we do.
November 22, 2017
Part character study, part legal thriller and part morality tale about means manifesting their own ends, "Roman J. Israel, Esq." winds up being just as eccentric and unpredictable as its doggedly honorable, and far from perfect, leading man.
November 22, 2017
You can't stop watching [Washington] - and you can't stop wishing he didn't have to work so hard to keep the story together once it starts branching out in different directions.
August 5, 2019
The film at moments was difficult to watch. Washington is so amazing and incredible in this role specifically, that the uncomfortable feeling is tolerated.
July 12, 2019
Dan Gilroy gets a heterogeneous mix of legal mystery, drama, characters portrayal, improbable romance, black humor and tragedy. [Full Review in Spanish]
July 2, 2019
The verdict is in. Washington's marvelous performance is better than the film.
February 26, 2019
Even though its shaggy-dog story of idealism gone sour threatens to come apart in places, Denzel Washington's career-best performance is never less than compelling.
February 8, 2019
There's an excellent movie in here somewhere - the performances alone are proof of that - but for whatever reason, [Dan] Gilroy's story doesn't click.
January 31, 2019
An outstanding Denzel Washington performance.
November 8, 2018
Roman J. Israel, Esq. has great intentions, but it spends too much time picking a story and is never able to deliver on its initial promise.
November 2, 2018
.Roman J. Israel's inability to find narrative propulsion and tonal consistency is even more disappointing in the context of Nightcrawler.
October 30, 2018
Where Roman J. Israel, Esq, both the character and the film, run into trouble is that they each try to bite off more than they can chew.
October 29, 2018
In lieu of tightly-woven plotting, Dan Gilroy instead gives us something far looser at the seams, studying a character with close intimacy and seeing what they would do rather than forcing a plot on them.
October 28, 2018
...a little ambition and one of the few capital M, capital S Movie Stars of the world giving an unusual and eccentric performance counts for something.
October 21, 2018
As a character, Roman J. Israel, Esq. is a non-stop thrill ride of actor choices. As for Roman J. Israel, Esq., the film: it's a decent morality play, although certainly a step down in quality (if not preachiness) for Gilroy from Nightcrawler.
September 10, 2018
Washington plays it more than just a cheap collection of idiosyncratic tics and mannerisms, inhabiting the character to the fullest effect to make him a complex human being.
August 28, 2018
It's a brilliant performance in a film that's an honorable misstep.
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