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Roman J. Israel, Esq. Reviews

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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-
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 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+
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
September 15, 2017
Roman J. Israel, Esq doesn't know what kind of film it wants to be.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
November 10, 2017
Roman J. Israel, Esq. is a mess.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
May 18, 2018
Confused and arguably unfocused... [Full Review in Spanish]
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 22, 2017
Roman J. Israel, Esq. features another standout performance by Washington, but the story around him is mundane and fails to leave an impression.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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
February 15, 2018
The bloated, unfocused and ludicrously U-turning script drags, and despite the lengthy running time, the story fails to give any character a satisfying arc.
September 11, 2017
It's a movie that could have packed an emotional punch and considered the cost of pursuing purity, but instead it settles for schmaltz.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
March 5, 2018
[Denzel Washington] saves it from complete catastrophe. [Full Review in Spanish]
April 30, 2018
Roman J. Israel, Esq. Is a film as refractory as its title. [Full review in Spanish]
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
March 2, 2018
The problem is that, like its protagonist, the film works under expired precepts... not lacking in value, but with little interest to speak to a contemporary audience. [Full review in Spanish]
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
November 9, 2017
Throughout the film, a promising character study is smothered beneath lazy genre machinations.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
November 27, 2017
If nothing else, the film rides on his mesmerizing performance and on Gilroy's talent for character study. But after Nightcrawler, seeing Roman J. Israel, Esq. coast on craft rather than on transgression is nothing short of a letdown.
Full Review | Original Score: 6.8/10
November 28, 2017
Roman J. Israel, Esq. has positively no idea what type of film it wants to be.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
November 22, 2017
Despite Denzel giving it his best shot, Roman J. Israel, Esq. never passes the bar.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
December 5, 2017
It's a misfire for sure, but his next project should definitely be anticipated solely for whatever unorthodox character Gilroy cooks up next.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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