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

Streaming (4 Providers)

Reviews & comments

Flicks, Steve Newall

Flicks, Steve Newall

flicks

Part courtroom standoff, part dude-returns-home-to-small-town tale and part familial dramedy, The Judge juggles its components in pleasant enough fashion to warrant a low-expectation recommendation. Pleasingly, the two Roberts (Downey Jr. and Duvall) who top the cast list and square off as father and son bring their acting A games, with Duvall in particular helping coax Downey Jr. out of his usual glib comfort zone - though this over-exposed facet of the latter’s personality comes in handy as a brash, show-off, unscrupulous defence attorney.

3.0

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

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

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
Variety

Variety

press

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

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
The Telegraph

The Telegraph

press

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

2.0
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.

The Guardian

The Guardian

press

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

2.0
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.

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
Flicks, Steve Newall

Flicks, Steve Newall

flicks

Part courtroom standoff, part dude-returns-home-to-small-town tale and part familial dramedy, The Judge juggles its components in pleasant enough fashion to warrant a low-expectation recommendation. Pleasingly, the two Roberts (Downey Jr. and Duvall) who top the cast list and square off as father and son bring their acting A games, with Duvall in particular helping coax Downey Jr. out of his usual glib comfort zone - though this over-exposed facet of the latter’s personality comes in handy as a brash, show-off, unscrupulous defence attorney.

3.0
Variety

Variety

press

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

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
The Telegraph

The Telegraph

press

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

2.0
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.

The Guardian

The Guardian

press

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

2.0
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.

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

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

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

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