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Roman J. Israel, Esq.

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Dan Gilroy

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About the Movie

Roman J. Israel, Esq. is a dramatic thriller set in the overburdened Los Angeles criminal court system. Denzel Washington stars as a driven, idealistic defense attorney whose life is disrupted when a turbulent series of events challenge the activism that has defined his career. Colin Farrell costars as the ambitious, monied lawyer who recruits Roman to his firm.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 142
  • Fresh: 73
  • Rotten: 69
  • Average Rating: 5.8/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: Watching "Roman J. Israel, Esq." is like watching a very long episode of "Curb Your Enthusiasm," only without the laughs, and without a lead character who even knows that he's annoying. – Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle, Nov 21, 2017

Fresh: You're left with another Denzel Washington performance that gets under your skin and stays there, rankling away. That's a lot more than most movies offer - even the better ones. – Ty Burr, Boston Globe, Nov 21, 2017

Fresh: Part character study, part legal thriller and part morality tale about means manifesting their own ends, "Roman J. Israel, Esq." winds up being just as eccentric and unpredictable as its doggedly honorable, and far from perfect, leading man. – Ann Hornaday, Washington Post, Nov 22, 2017

Rotten: Roman J. Israel, Esq. has pockets of intrigue, and writer-director Gilroy and Washington have teamed up to create a promising dramatic character. We just never get full delivery on that promise. – Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times, Nov 22, 2017

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Customer Reviews


I loved this film ... Washington at his finest

Just admit you have no idea what your doing

Complete amateur hour

Rather Watch Paint Dry

1. Buy a can of paint or get an old one from the garage
2. Paint a wall
3. Watch it dry

Watching paint dry will be more entertaining than watching Denzil Washington in this film

Roman J. Israel, Esq.
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  • $17.99
  • Genre: Thriller
  • Released: 2017

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