The Tomatometer rating – based on the published opinions of hundreds of film and television critics – is a trusted measurement of movie and TV programming quality for millions of moviegoers. It represents the percentage of professional critic reviews that are positive for a given film or television show.
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The Tomatometer is 60% or higher.
The Tomatometer is 59% or lower.
Movies and TV shows are Certified Fresh with a steady Tomatometer of 75% or higher after a set amount of reviews (80 for wide-release movies, 40 for limited-release movies, 20 for TV shows), including 5 reviews from Top Critics.
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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.
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.
What remains is a proper film in the service of a great actor dressed in the costume of an extraordinary character. It might appear to be enough but we expected something much better from its director. [Full review in Spanish]