Roman J. Israel, Esq.

=movie.status.copy   2018

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.

Collider

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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

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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

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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)

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

Vanity Fair

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

Variety (USA)

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

Vulture

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