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.
November 22, 2017
Roman J. Israel, Esq. has pockets of intrigue, and writer-director Gilroy and Washington have teamed up to create a promising dramatic character. We just never get full delivery on that promise.
November 22, 2017
The story is surprisingly unfocused and, when it snaps out of the protracted setup phase, it plunges into quasi-thriller territory that relies on a series of hard-to-swallow contrivances.
November 21, 2017
What a treat it is to see this great actor, after almost 40 years in movies, give a performance that feels both utterly unexpected and completely true.
November 21, 2017
An uneven movie elevated by Denzel Washington's distinctive performance.
November 21, 2017
Washington turns this seemingly unsympathetic character into a figure to embrace on the screen and to remember at awards time - the actor once again courts serious consideration at the Oscars.
November 21, 2017
Watching "Roman J. Israel, Esq." is like watching a very long episode of "Curb Your Enthusiasm," only without the laughs, and without a lead character who even knows that he's annoying.
November 21, 2017
You're left with another Denzel Washington performance that gets under your skin and stays there, rankling away. That's a lot more than most movies offer - even the better ones.
November 21, 2017
Written and directed by Dan Gilroy (Nightcrawler), this affecting suspense film has been compared to the excellent Michael Clayton (by his brother, writer-director Tony Gilroy), though Roman is more eccentric.
November 21, 2017
Roman J. Israel, Esq. is one brilliant performance in search of a movie.
November 20, 2017
Despite Washington's best efforts, Roman J. Israel, Esq. feels like it was named after the wrong character.
November 20, 2017
The movie can't bring itself to push its central iceberg of a character into hotter water -- which is too bad, because that's exactly where Washington thrives.
November 20, 2017
Even when the movie loses its way narratively, Washington's in there, slugging, building a living, breathing character out of Gilroy's knight-errant.
November 17, 2017
With his hunched gait, lack of people skills, and idealism built on quicksand, Washington makes you believe in Roman 100 percent.
November 17, 2017
Washington's performance as Israel is quirky and charming enough to almost pull it off.
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