Roman J. Israel, Esq. Reviews
April 16, 2021
The movie tries to walk a razor's edge and almost pulls it off.
February 21, 2021
Although the motives for Roman's eventual extra-legal maneuver are not entirely credible, Gilroy's aim was to investigate the toll exacted by a 40-year commitment to ideals that are "bigger than yourself."
November 21, 2020
What we have here is one of the finest performances of Denzel Washington's long and extraordinarily consistent career.
August 19, 2020
A richly subtle compelling character study which struggles to overcome its own meandering plot.
July 4, 2020
Denzel Washington makes this film work by stringing together Dan Gilroy's plot threads. [Full review in Spanish]
May 20, 2020
I'd recommend the movie to those who enjoy watching the process and skill of acting, to watch Washington make it look easy.
March 24, 2020
The real joy here is watching Denzel Washington do a decidedly different thing than we're used to seeing.
October 10, 2019
The movie is intriguing because of [Denzel] Washington but does not live up to the caliber of his performance.
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 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.