Roman J. Israel, Esq.

Lists: Drama, Thriller, Film Quest 2018

Brief Synopsis: "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 takes on that role. 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."

Overall Ranking: 2574 (Rank from 2017: # 113)

Adjusted* Rating:
(lowest rating dropped)

Ratings Breakdown
(The Mixed Bag)

Buttery 0%
Regular 40%
Half-Popped 20%
Stale 40%
Burnt 0%


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Reviewer Rating Review Secondary Ratings
Rob from GuysFilmQuest78 - Just not memorable.
Dan O'Neill65(full review)
Silver Screen Riot Matt Oakes43(full review)
David Baruffi34(full review)
Minnesota Man30 - A film best to be buried in paperwork and forgotten.
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People Involved

  • Denzel Washington (Roman J. Israel, Esq.)
  • Colin Farrell (George Pierce)
  • Carmen Ejogo (Maya Alston)
  • Amanda Warren (Lynn Jackson)
  • Tony Plana (Jessie Salinas)
  • Shelley Hennig (Olivia Reed (Georges Asst.))
  • Joseph David-Jones (Marcus Jones)
  • DeRon Horton (Derrell Ellerbee)
  • James Paxton (Henry)
  • Lynda Gravatt (Vernita Wells)
  • Hugo Armstrong (Fritz Molinar)
  • Sam Gilroy (Connor Novick)
  • Amari Cheatom (Carter Johnson)
  • Vince Cefalu (Security Bailiff)
  • Tarina Pouncy (Hallway Bailiff)
  • Nazneen Contractor (Melina Nassour)
  • Niles Fitch (Langston Bailey)
  • Jocelyn Ayanna (Court Officer Bailiff)
  • Eli Bildner (Prosecutor Michael Wesley)
  • Robert Prescott (Hon. Adam W. Hilliard)
  • Sedale Threatt Jr. (Jeff)
  • Elisa Perry (Felicity Ellerbee)
  • Andrew Tinpo Lee (James Lee)
  • Brittany Ishibashi (Beth)
  • Cynthia Dallas (Lock-Up Guard)
  • Annie Sertich (Kate Becker)
  • Esperanza Spalding (Coalition Activist #1)
  • Jessica Camacho (Coalition Activist #2)
  • Ajgie Kirkland (Homeless Man)
  • Franco Vega (Officer Will Wallace)
  • Lauren Ellen Thompson (Officer Leslie Hunt)
  • Anthony Traina (Mugger)
  • Ludwig Manukian (Armenian Man)
  • Mark Wallace (Danny Barnes)
  • Kelly Sullivan (Kathryn)
  • Pej Vahdat (Abbas)
  • Henry G. Sanders (Pastor Jack)
  • Claudia de Vasco (Latino Wife)
  • Carlos E. Campos (Latino Husband)
  • Lawrence Tanter (Lakers PA Announcer)
  • Joy Bisco (ER Nurse (uncredited))
  • Dan Gilroy (Director)