Roman J. Israel, Esq.

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Denzel Washington and Colin Farrell star in this dramatic courtroom thriller from the director of Nightcrawler.

Washington stars as a driven, idealistic defense attorney whose life is upended when a turbulent series of events challenge the activism that has defined his career. Farrell costars as the ambitious, monied lawyer who recruits Roman to his firm.



It's a movie that could have packed an emotional punch and considered the cost of pursuing purity, but instead it settles for schmaltz.

Hollywood Reporter


Unfortunately, something at the centre just doesn't hold, and it flies apart over the course of 133 minutes into confusing shards of plot, legalese-heavy monologues and ... a touch of soggy sentimentality in the home stretch.

Screen International


Denzel Washington gives a terrifically off-kilter performance in this fascinating and flawed character study that frustratingly can't meld all its ambitions into a coherent and satisfying whole.

The Guardian (UK)


It's not a role we're used to seeing Washington play... but he's never been better.

Vanity Fair


Its depiction of weary activism, both lost and renewed, is well-suited to our dark times.

Variety (USA)


Roman is a fantastic character, and Washington's high-wire performance is one of his most daring and compelling.



This is a formula movie but Gilroy is no hack. He hits the expected beats but with more colour and depth than you expect.