The Judge
The Judge (2014)

In "The Judge," Robert Downey Jr. stars as big city lawyer Hank Palmer, who returns to his childhood home where his estranged father, the town's judge (Robert Duvall), is suspected of murder. He sets out to discover the truth… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: January 27, 2015
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Critic Score: 47% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Solidly cast and beautifully filmed but thoroughly clichéd, The Judge seems destined to preside over a large jurisdiction of the basic cable afternoon-viewing circuit.

Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post

There are a number of fine reasons to see the courtroom-meets-family melodrama The Judge. As you might suspect, two stand out: actors Robert Duvall and Robert Downey Jr.

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Wesley Morris

It wants to be many movies, and fails at being even one of them.

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Sean Burns
Spliced Personality

Yeah, so it's practically Oldboy. Except they don't make a big deal about it. Just a casual incest comedy subplot

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Dave Calhoun
Time Out

A charismatic performance from Downey Jr and the growling presence of Duvall make up for a multitude of sins in this big and brash family drama .

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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture

This is not by any means a bad movie. The script has its bright patches, the setting is picturesque, and the cast is full of actors you'll want to see.

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Blake Howard
2UE That Movie Show

The Judge picked me apart in ways that I wasn't prepared for.

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Chris Nashawaty
Entertainment Weekly

I don't expect The Judge to usher in a new era of legal thrillers, but I'm happy to see Downey leave the Marvel universe and Baker Street behind.

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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

An overstuffed, overlong slog of a legal drama. Director David Dobkin coats every cliché with cheap theatrics. Go ahead, see The Judge just for Downey and Duvall. But to cite another recent dud, this is where I leave you.

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John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

When attorney Robert Downey Jr. returns to his Indiana hometown early in the film, he drives through an utterly phony CG cornfield. The unnecessary effect is an indicator of the sham emotions, spurious sentiment and -- yes -- corn headed the viewer's way.

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Flixster Audience Score: 72% Flixster User Reviews
Alice Shen
This small-town epic seems like an Oscar-bait movie, but I'm surprised it hardly caught any fish. Robert Duvall plays a venerated, hard-nosed judge who is… More
Christian C
"The Judge" is a decent film. Although Duvall gave a typically good performance, I don't think it was quite worthy of an Academy Award… More
Spencer S.
It's difficult to understand what the filmmakers were going for when they made this film: is it an intense familial drama about a son coming home? Is it a… More
Carlos Magalhães
If it weren't for the strong performances, there would be very little else to commend in this sentimental, interminable and predictable pile of clichés… More
Clintus Maximus
Yes, The Judge is melodramatic and somewhat formulaic, but the performances rescue it. The cast is extraordinary, as is the cinematography and music. It's… More
Pierluigi Puccini
Downey Jr. and Duvall are great, but that doesn't steer away the fact that this is a poorly conceived bildungsroman and courtroom drama with little to… More