Warner Bros. | Release Date: October 10, 2014
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Movie1997Dec 27, 2014
While there was originally some Oscar potential for this court-room drama, it sadly failed to be a contender. To start, the direction of this film felt lost from time to time. Maybe someone else like, preferable anyone else (except forWhile there was originally some Oscar potential for this court-room drama, it sadly failed to be a contender. To start, the direction of this film felt lost from time to time. Maybe someone else like, preferable anyone else (except for Michael Bay or M. Night Shamaylan). Also, the film stretches certain scenes that come off as unnecessary. But despite its flaws, Robert Duvall is the saving grace of this film. His character holds the movie together and is the true character that we come to truly know and love. Robert Downey Jr. is good in the role, but I wish this movie could have been something more, but overall, it's just an enjoyable for the main purpose of Robert Duvall and the court case scenes primarily. I give this a B-! Expand
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royphishoohFeb 7, 2015
Very watchable, interesting plot but a bit too long. Downey is great, Duvall acts well as a horrible control freak. I didn't like the other characters at all. The film eloquently demonstrates just how dysfunctional America has become.
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TVJerryOct 18, 2014
Robert Downey Jr. chews up a role that's customized for his overblown, confident style. He plays a big-city lawyer who returns to his small hometown and the very strained relationship with his father (Robert Duvall), a judge in more ways thanRobert Downey Jr. chews up a role that's customized for his overblown, confident style. He plays a big-city lawyer who returns to his small hometown and the very strained relationship with his father (Robert Duvall), a judge in more ways than one. When the judge is accused of murder, his son swoops to his defense. While much of Downey's grandstanding is enjoyable and Duvall's performance is exceptional, this screenplay is chocked full of cliches and an overabundance of mean-spirited interactions. There is a relatively solid court case at the center, but the excessive length and obvious attempts to create a compelling drama weigh on the final verdict. Expand
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FleshWorldOct 17, 2014
Robert Downey Junior is good in this film but not nearly as good as he could've been if he had a better director showing him the way. It's a sweet film that meanders a little bit too much for its own good. I certainly wouldn't recommend it,Robert Downey Junior is good in this film but not nearly as good as he could've been if he had a better director showing him the way. It's a sweet film that meanders a little bit too much for its own good. I certainly wouldn't recommend it, but I enjoyed it and I'm glad that I saw it. It may be hangs on for about 15 minutes too long but I can forgive that sin. Expand
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joeyriosJan 3, 2015
'The Judge' wasn't much of the big deal. It was entertaining and had a really great supporting performance given by Robert Duvall, I'll give it that, but it isn't really an experience and it can sometimes become forgetful.
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tvnewsguidoOct 25, 2014
Meh.

Unlikable people doing unpleasant things. They're all miserable, dried up husks of people who have fffed up their lives so completely that nothing at all will ever make it better. The actors play these parts well but you really
Meh.

Unlikable people doing unpleasant things. They're all miserable, dried up husks of people who have fffed up their lives so completely that nothing at all will ever make it better.

The actors play these parts well but you really just don't care what happens to them.
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ClariseSamuelsFeb 23, 2015
Despite the critics’ complaints about clichés, The Judge keeps the action moving and manages to entertain. It was an Oscar-nomination vehicle for Robert Duvall in the title role, who roared through the script so that even his clichéd linesDespite the critics’ complaints about clichés, The Judge keeps the action moving and manages to entertain. It was an Oscar-nomination vehicle for Robert Duvall in the title role, who roared through the script so that even his clichéd lines sounded like originals when spoken by such a legendary actor. However, the film was a disappointment for Robert Downey, Jr. in the role of the sharp, city-slicker lawyer, Hank Palmer. Downey has told the press that he covets an Oscar, and this was the first attempt from the ma & pa production company with the unlikely name “Team Downey” to get him a nomination.

Although Downey has his moments, there is still more than a hint of the Iron Man persona lurking underneath the attorney's expensive suit and designer sunglasses. Downey is still magnificent to behold with his intensity and his sensitive dark eyes as he deals with a father who is so stubborn that he is self-destructive. And his character's questionable ethics as a brilliant lawyer who can get anyone to walk suits his problematic personality. (He is his usual hyperactive self in the film, which is written into the script when his ex-girlfriend says he talks continuously “like vomit.”) When accused of only defending the guilty, Downey’s best line is, “Innocent people can’t afford me.”

A surprisingly effective performance pops up in the form of Billy Bob Thornton, who plays Dwight Dickham, a steely lawyer with an ax to grind, and even when he sees his enemy defeated and broken down in tears, his sense of humanity, which arises only for a moment, is quickly suppressed. There are some philosophical thoughts about the nature of justice buried in the script, but many weak areas prevail. Hank Palmer has two brothers. The older brother (Vincent D’Onofrio) seems to bear no relation to him; the younger brother (Jeremy Strong) is autistic but the autistic personality is not consistently portrayed.

Much to my amusement, Downey has a few love scenes in this film, and he actually has a scene with an onscreen wife. Of course, the only reason he appeared with a wife was to make it clear that they hated each other and were definitely getting a divorce. His love scene with the young bartender (Leighton Meester) shows them kissing only briefly, and it’s a long shot. The more complicated kissing scenes with his hometown ex-girlfriend (Vera Farmiga) look a little stiff and uncomfortable. So I had to smile when Farmiga remarked in an interview that producer Susan Downey was on the set the whole time, and that Farmiga kept looking over to Mrs. Downey for approval because, after all, Susan Downey kisses her husband all the time. So that explains the robotic moves. Farmiga is a great actress; it’s hard to make her look wooden.

I suspect that if Robert Downey wants an Oscar nomination, he should issue an edict announcing that the producer isn’t allowed on the set.
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nicholasbertJan 2, 2015
The Judge's main flaw is the overabundance of clichéd characters, from the title role itself to that of Billy Bob Thornton, Also, trying to establish moral high-ground and raise questions of legality, specifically the case when somethingThe Judge's main flaw is the overabundance of clichéd characters, from the title role itself to that of Billy Bob Thornton, Also, trying to establish moral high-ground and raise questions of legality, specifically the case when something "feels" just but the law says it isn't. Well, at the end of the film, those issues remain unaddressed, and while everybody loves an open ending, this is not the case. It could be the multitude of sub-stories (relationships with the brothers, with the ex girlfriend, with the ex wife, with the daughter) that make The Judge seem generally unfinished, despite the 2-hour duration.

Robert Downey Jr's comedy sure is entertaining, but I wonder if it was appropriate most times, given the seriousness of the topic. Robert Duvall's character is one we've seen dozens of times (stone-cold father trying to prepare his son for the hardships of life), therefore it doesn't leave much room for acting. It feels like the rest of the cast, in spite of the tiny screen-time, did a better job than the leads.

I'd also like to point out the annoying soundtrack choices.
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BrianMcCriticJan 29, 2015
This film confounds me. On one hand the performances of Duvall and Downey are great and their scenes together are fantastic. On the other hand there are multiple sub plots that are just pointless and makes the film about 30 minutes to long.This film confounds me. On one hand the performances of Duvall and Downey are great and their scenes together are fantastic. On the other hand there are multiple sub plots that are just pointless and makes the film about 30 minutes to long. The performances alone get this film a recommendation. B Expand
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Unladenswallow0Oct 23, 2014
A heart-warming, cliche bucket which to be honest is in parts humorous but for the most part it fails to hook the film goer into actually caring about the characters. It hits almost every cliche on the head from big city lawyer goes home to aA heart-warming, cliche bucket which to be honest is in parts humorous but for the most part it fails to hook the film goer into actually caring about the characters. It hits almost every cliche on the head from big city lawyer goes home to a small town to a father and son fishing on the lake with a whole sandwich of other cringy/yet surprisingly forgivable sequences, mostly due to RDJ's black tie humour.

My biggest complaint has to be the court case. The story behind it and build up kind of felt like someone letting the air out of a deflating balloon in a cactus farm.
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pesho_oneFeb 15, 2015
The movie starts really boring, at least for 20-30 minutes. I couldn't see how it can even start to entertain me, and at the same time I was also annoyed with the sub-par acting. I was relieved not to continue watching this movie after aboutThe movie starts really boring, at least for 20-30 minutes. I couldn't see how it can even start to entertain me, and at the same time I was also annoyed with the sub-par acting. I was relieved not to continue watching this movie after about 40 minutes into it. Expand
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Movi3R3vi3werNov 27, 2014
The Judge benefits most from an excellent leading performance by Robert Downey Jr. and great supporting work by the great Robert Duvall. While The Judge is beautifully filmed, the film overall lacks some needed substance not to mention the 2The Judge benefits most from an excellent leading performance by Robert Downey Jr. and great supporting work by the great Robert Duvall. While The Judge is beautifully filmed, the film overall lacks some needed substance not to mention the 2 1/2 hour runtime, this is just way long. Expand
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andrebarrosoDec 19, 2014
This movie had everything to turn into a modern classic. All the elements were there. A good thematic, a good director, a great cast, astonishing cinematography and a very good production. But something went wrong, unfortunately.
Still, it's
This movie had everything to turn into a modern classic. All the elements were there. A good thematic, a good director, a great cast, astonishing cinematography and a very good production. But something went wrong, unfortunately.
Still, it's a good movie, Robert Duvall deserved his Golden Globe nod, but it's a movie that you don't need to watch it twice.
It has a good writing, but it's very monotonous. The emotions are well polished, but the facts take too long to get explored.
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amheretojudgeDec 14, 2018
Winning For Family.

The Judge Dobkin's courtroom drama might be dull but the root of its family drama is worth going on stand for. And mind you, you'd be condemned guilty, but then you ought to have few of those guilty pleasure movies. The
Winning For Family.

The Judge

Dobkin's courtroom drama might be dull but the root of its family drama is worth going on stand for. And mind you, you'd be condemned guilty, but then you ought to have few of those guilty pleasure movies. The art-sy essence that it was created as, is the only form of art in here. The script is poorly weaved out. The big chuck of dramatic antics that it aspires to pitch in on the screen might be appreciative but its procedure to reach those big figures is purely dull. It is not polished properly or supervised with a good guidance for the material comes out often chalky that makes you uncomfortable on screen.

Fortunately for the makers, the tale relies a lot upon the performance and boy what a show these huge caliber of cast has put up for you. Downey Jr.'s complex sucker-for-a-compliment hardcore attitude holds your finger from the first frame and makes sure that this overstretched more than two hours of your life was worth going in for. And still, he is not the best thing of the feature, winning with a larger margin lies Duvall's head spinning performance as his father whose rigid popular figure of his community is just impenetrable.

Both of these performers going head to head with plenty of dramatic sequences, one of the best one that gives both of them enough range and room to flaunt in their talent is "the bathroom sequence." The scene itself is so beautifully written that it melts you down, factoring Downey Jr.'s daughter into an intimate moment between him and Duvall, the writers creates a few circle that draws in a precious smile in your face rather than few tears. The Judge is far from a perfect movie, even a good one, what it is, is a testament to the power that both these actors can ooze with panache.
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FilipeNetoJun 25, 2018
In this film, a son who graduated as a lawyer returns to his homeland, a small town in the country to see his father, who is a local court judge and with whom he has never had a good relationship. However, he ends up offering to defend himIn this film, a son who graduated as a lawyer returns to his homeland, a small town in the country to see his father, who is a local court judge and with whom he has never had a good relationship. However, he ends up offering to defend him when the elderly judge is charged with murder. The best of the film is the story, a family drama that holds our attention from the beginning because the characters were so well developed psychologically that they end up touching us. Robert Downey Jr. and veteran Robert Duvall give life to son and father, respectively, and both are huge in their performances, being very good how they interact with each other in front of the camera. But neither are sympathetic characters. They are very similar, cranky and a little stern, and because they are very similar, they have difficulty living together. The rest of the cast plays secondary roles but gives good support to these two actors. Expand
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