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Roman J. Israel, Esq. Reviews

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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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
January 31, 2019
An outstanding Denzel Washington performance.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 1, 2018
.Roman J. Israel's inability to find narrative propulsion and tonal consistency is even more disappointing in the context of Nightcrawler.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
August 27, 2018
It's a brilliant performance in a film that's an honorable misstep.
August 24, 2018
During the turbulent civil rights era in the US. Washington never gives half of himself to a role and he goes to the heart of this character that is entirely new to his body of work.
August 24, 2018
What makes "Roman J Israel, Esq." more than merely bad is that it's so astonishingly erratic and so long and complicated.
August 20, 2018
Washington's difficult performance runs the gamut of emotions, testing the actor's range as the complicated process experiences multiple evolutions.
August 14, 2018
But the film is not nearly as interesting as the man it is portraying, and much of it is a real slog.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
July 20, 2018
Fact is: This movie's white-liberal patronizing barely suppresses its loathing and repulsion for a figure it pretends to idolize.
June 20, 2018
And there's something to be said about a film that takes such wide-flared gambles with narrative and character.
May 29, 2018
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]
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
May 18, 2018
Dan Gilroy set his bar so high with the magnificent "Nightcrawler" htat it's hard to see his hand in the leisurely wandering of his new hero. [Full Review in Spanish]
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
May 18, 2018
Confused and arguably unfocused... [Full Review in Spanish]
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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