The Judge

142 mins
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Courtoom melodrama from the director of Clay Pigeons, starring Robert Downey Jr as a big city lawyer who returns to his... More

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The Judge | Ratings & Reviews

"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."

Flicks, Steve NewallFlicks

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


"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."

Time OutTime Out

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

The TelegraphThe Telegraph

"[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 New York TimesThe New York Times

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

The GuardianThe Guardian

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

Hollywood ReporterHollywood Reporter

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

Empire MagazineEmpire Magazine

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