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In Theaters October 10 (9 days)
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 and along the way reconnects with the family he walked away from years before. -- (C) Warner Bros.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 50%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It's better than one would expect from the director of Shanghai Knight and Fred Claus, without being especially interesting in any regard."
‑ Ignatiy Vishnevetsky, AV Club
"The Judge could have been just another courtroom procedural with extra family pathos, but it's got a third person with something to prove: director David Dobkin, who is better known for comedies such as Wedding Crashers and Fred Claus."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"Judge Dreadful!"
‑ Ian Gilchrist, HeyUGuys
"Imagine 'My Cousin Vinny,' but much longer and without any of the good parts."
‑ Vincent Mancini, FilmDrunk
"It's hard to throw the book at a movie as dextrous and polished The Judge, even with its laundry list of dramatic crimes."
‑ Matt Patches, IGN Movies
""Expendables 3" has fewer nauseating clichés than "The Judge.""
‑ Jordan Hoffman,
"Even when the circumstances seem contrived, the actors mine moments of truth that resonate with raw emotion."
‑ Todd McCarthy, Hollywood Reporter
"No amount of Downey swag can distract from the fact that this is film is just 'okay', wearingly predictable despite the potential for so much more."
‑ Zeba Blay, Digital Spy
"It tugs at the heartstrings a little too vigorously and overstays its welcome but The Judge still passes muster as able mainstream entertainment and Downey Jr gives it edge and class."
‑ Allan Hunter, The List
""The Judge" is certainly a cinematic misdemeanor, a movie that wants to wear the robes and bang the gavel, but barely earns the right to take the stand."
‑ Kevin Jagernauth, The Playlist
"Just watching snarky Chicago lawyer Robert Downey Jr. spar with crotchety father Robert Duvall as he tries to defend the small-town Indiana jurist on a murder rap is worth the price of admission."
‑ Lou Lumenick, New York Post
"An engrossing, unwieldy hurricane of a movie that plays likea small-town courtroom thriller by way of a testosterone-fueled remake of "August: Osage County.""
‑ Justin Chang, Variety
"It's a regular crowd-pleaser, with a pair of A-list Roberts -- Downey Jr. and Duvall -- bringing their A game to the story of a smalltown judge accused of murder."
‑ Chris Knight, National Post
"A cheesy yet compelling courtroom drama, The Judge benefits from the pairing of two terrific Robert Ds."
‑ Jordan Adler, We Got This Covered
"The Judge is like the soggiest Oscar nominee for best picture of 1982, but though few would confuse it with art, the film is deftly acted, and it holds you, it gets to you."
‑ Owen Gleiberman,
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