The Judge

The Judge

The Judge

Courtoom melodrama from the director of Clay Pigeons, starring Robert Downey Jr as a big city lawyer who returns to his hometown for his mother's funeral only to discover that his estranged father, the town's judge (Robert Duvall), is suspected of murder.

2014Rating: M, Offensive language142 minsUSA
Drama
83%
want to see

Reviews & comments

Surprise

Thank heavens we ignored the reviewers and gave this movie a chance. Found it emotionally satisfying with well drawn characters, superbly played by the central actors. Although a long movie it kept you interested from start to finish. Don't miss it.

4.0
0

Emotional angst aplenty

An emotional story that may be more suited to being an afternoon drama soap or a TV movie with formulaic cliches every ten minutes or so. Very long and finished later than I thought. Is this a John Grisham book I haven't read?

3.0
0

Too much to handle

If the film rests itself simply on the father-son relationship, it will be much better than trying to touch too many aspects of life. The 141 minutes is at all unnecessary.

4.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

Pivots on a simple yet inspired stroke of casting, pitting Duvall’s iconic gravitas against Downey’s razor-sharp wit.

0
Time Out

Time Out

press

A charismatic performance from Downey Jr and the growling presence of Duvall makes up for a multitude of sins in this big and brash family drama that puts the heavy emphasis on drama over family.

3.0
0
The Telegraph

The Telegraph

press

A guilty conviction for Dobkin: first-degree, low-grade schlock.

2.0
0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

[The scenes] add up to a sprawl of narrative that is as unconvincing as the suspiciously sprawl-free, nostalgia-tinged town where it all takes place.

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

Sadly there's no denying the charge: first-degree cheese, with intent.

2.0
0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Undercut by obvious note-hitting in the writing and a deliberate pace that drags things out about twenty minutes past their due date.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

A great cast and promising premise get swamped in an awkward mix of airport-novel noir and blokey family melodrama.

3.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

Pivots on a simple yet inspired stroke of casting, pitting Duvall’s iconic gravitas against Downey’s razor-sharp wit.

0
Time Out

Time Out

press

A charismatic performance from Downey Jr and the growling presence of Duvall makes up for a multitude of sins in this big and brash family drama that puts the heavy emphasis on drama over family.

3.0
0
The Telegraph

The Telegraph

press

A guilty conviction for Dobkin: first-degree, low-grade schlock.

2.0
0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

[The scenes] add up to a sprawl of narrative that is as unconvincing as the suspiciously sprawl-free, nostalgia-tinged town where it all takes place.

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

Sadly there's no denying the charge: first-degree cheese, with intent.

2.0
0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Undercut by obvious note-hitting in the writing and a deliberate pace that drags things out about twenty minutes past their due date.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

A great cast and promising premise get swamped in an awkward mix of airport-novel noir and blokey family melodrama.

3.0
0

Surprise

Thank heavens we ignored the reviewers and gave this movie a chance. Found it emotionally satisfying with well drawn characters, superbly played by the central actors. Although a long movie it kept you interested from start to finish. Don't miss it.

4.0
0

Emotional angst aplenty

An emotional story that may be more suited to being an afternoon drama soap or a TV movie with formulaic cliches every ten minutes or so. Very long and finished later than I thought. Is this a John Grisham book I haven't read?

3.0
0

Too much to handle

If the film rests itself simply on the father-son relationship, it will be much better than trying to touch too many aspects of life. The 141 minutes is at all unnecessary.

4.0
0