Roman J. Israel, Esq.

If you can’t break the law, break the system.


Roman J. Israel, Esq.
Hard-nosed liberal lawyer Roman J. Israel has been fighting the good fight forever while others take the credit. When his partner, the firm’s frontman, has a heart attack, Israel suddenly finds himself thrust into the spotlight. He soon discovers some unsettling truths about the firm... truths that conflict with his values of helping the poor and dispossessed, and finds himself in an existential crisis that leads to extreme actions.

117 minutes.
No persons under 13 (Language, Prejudice).
Crime, Drama, On the art circuit.

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With a name like mine, you’d better take me seriously...
With a name like mine, you’d better take me seriously...

Credits

Cast
Denzel Washington, Colin Farrell, Carmen Ejogo, Lynda Gravatt, Amanda Warren Amanda Warren
Director
Dan Gilroy
ScreenplayDan Gilroy
MusicJames Newton Howard
CinematographyRobert Elswit
EditingJohn Gilroy
Sound formatsDolby Digital
SoundtrackAvailable
Made in2017
Produced byBron Studios, Cross Creek Pictures, Escape Artists, Imagenation Abu Dhabi FZ, LStar Capital, MACRO, Topic Studios

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Film and Publications Board (FPB) Report (SA)

GenreDrana
LanguageModerate impact, fairly frequent crude language use that is uttered to demean as well as in a social context.
NudityNone
SexNone
ViolenceLow impact, infrequent violence without blood-letting is noted but does not warrant consumer advice.
PrejudiceLow impact, thematic social and class related prejudice is sustained throughout the film, with no clear disapproval there of.
BlasphemyNone
Drug abuseNone
Comments
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ScreenIt Report (USA)

Sex / Nudity
1
Violence
4
Blood / Gore / Gross
1
Guns / Weapons
3
Profanity
4
Alcohol / Drugs
2
Smoking
1
Disrespectful / Bad Attitude
5
Imitative Behaviour
2
Frightening / Tense Scenes
3
Jump Scenes
0
Tense Family Scenes
3
Music (Scary/Tense)
2
Music (Inappropriate)
0
Topics to talk about
4

CommonSenseMedia Report (USA)

Suggested age limit
13 +
Positive messages
3
Positive role models
3
Violence
2
Sex
1
Language
3
Consumerism
2
Drinking, drugs, smoking
1

Ratings

Scale (Max)20

What the Critics say

Cape Argus / The Star
Ann Hornaday quote iconQuirky revolutionary's brave new world.
10
24.com
Ilan Preskovsky quote iconWriter/ director Dan Gilroy previously gave us the quite terrific and decidedly uncompromising Nightcrawler, so it's disappointing to see so little of that film's gutsiness transfer over to a film that resolutely refuses to live up to its significant potential, let alone to its wonderfully realised lead character.
10
ScreenIt
Jim Judy quote iconIn the end, you’ll admire the veteran actor for his work here, but you’ll wish the rest of the film surrounding him was as good and interesting as he and his character are.
9
Metacritic.com
41 critics
12
Rottentomatoes critics
142 critics
12
Rottentomatoes tomatometer
Tomatometer quote icon Intriguing yet heavy-handed, Roman J. Israel, Esq. makes the most of -- but never quite lives up to -- Denzel Washington’s magnetic performance in the title role.
10
Movie Review Query Engine
MRQE critics quote icon
12
CommonSenseMedia
Jeffrey M. Anderson quote iconStrong performances, but inconsistent and unsatisfying.
5

What the People say

Metacritic.com users
49 users
12
Rottentomatoes users
3764 users
13
IMDB
12672 Netizens
13
The Movie DB
Community
12

Average .. 54%

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