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>Mature 17+ | 67 % Say It's Worth Your Time

Big city lawyer Hank Palmer returns to his childhood home where his father, the town's judge, is suspected of murder. Hank sets out to discover the truth and, along the way, reconnects with his estranged family.


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  • clearplay.com

    No Maturity Rating | Worth Your Time

    Though some critics found The Judge to be cloying and familiar, I’m overruling their objections. The performances are outstanding, the characters are interesting, and there are moments of great power. Not every scene is a winner, but not every scene has to be earth-shattering for the overall movie to be engaging.

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  • (Male) Catholic News Service

    Mature 18+ | Worth Your Time

    Considered in strictly cinematic terms, "The Judge" (Warner Bros.) constitutes an adequate but overextended drama that would have benefited from further editing. From a moral perspective, however, the inclusion of a seamy subplot, dealt with in an inappropriately offhand manner, mars director David Dobkin's otherwise mostly warmhearted film. Its presence also calls for mature discretion on the part of viewers.

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  • (Male) Crosswalk

    No Maturity Rating | Not Worth Your Time

    When you have two powerhouse actors like Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall at the center of a movie – one that allows them to play to both their individual strengths as well as spar off of each other's – that's an event. It’s special. Unfortunately for The Judge, a Grisham-like courtroom melodrama layered with even more familial melodrama, the material – which was developed by Downey – is utterly standard. The verdict of the case (along with father and son's relationship) may technically be in question, but as far as dramatic suspense goes – from where this is headed to how it'll get there – The Judge is pretty much an open and shut case.

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  • (Female) USA TODAY

    No Maturity Rating | Not Worth Your Time

    Mired in red herrings and time-wasting sidebars, The Judge is a classic example of a second-rate courtroom drama It's well-acted, with some occasional moments of clever dialogue, but the story is plodding, predictable and tension-free. If the essential premise doesn't work, it doesn't matter what terrific actors are cast.

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  • (Male)

    No Maturity Rating | Worth Your Time

    This is an incredible movie. The 2-1/2 hour flies by and every minute is filled with raw emotion and a roller coaster ride. Incredible acting from veteran and acclaimed actors as well as some less familiar faces. The story line is great. The "F" bomb is dropped a few times, not like The Big Lebowski, but you should be ready for it. This is Oscar stuff and will grab at least two nominations. Be ready to laugh and cry. I love this movie!

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  • (Female)

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    “The Judge,” starring Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall, is an extremely dynamic film about a family struggling to connect after the loss of their matriarch. The middle son, Hank, is a successful lawyer who returns to his childhood home and ends up defending his father in a murder trial.

    This film is really well cast. Robert Downey Jr. brings the expected quick wit and humorous cynicism to “The Judge.” In fact, it’s hard to separate his character in this film from the popular Iron Man at times. However, there are times when you see a more compassionate side of the intense actor as he rebuilds his relationship with his aging father. Robert Duvall’s performance as both father and judge stands out throughout the entire film, and the supporting cast, including Billy Bob Thornton and Dax Shepard, are all great.

    “The Judge” raises a lot of moral and ethical questions about justice and mercy, as well as family relationships. Depicting such a dysfunctional family leaves a lot of room to explore the dynamics between siblings as well as the ever-changing relationships of parents and children. I was left wanting even more from the brothers. There is one conversation between Hank and his older brother that I really wanted to see and was disappointed when the movie seemed to just gloss over it. You’ll know the moment when you see it in the diner.

    With such serious thematic material, the quick bits of comedy are a welcomed relief, especially the scenes with the youngest brother, Dale. But, there is definitely a strange juxtaposition between drama and comedy in “The Judge.” It is almost as if the characters jump in and out of both worlds without enough connection. That being said, there was definitely a need for lighter humor to balance the intensity of the plot and portrayal of such difficult experiences.

    Rated R for language and some sexual references, “The Judge” is appropriate for a more mature audience. The entire film is sprinkled with profanity from almost every character. Viewers should also be aware of the extremely heavy thematic material. Between the conflict within the family and the events in the courtroom, the drama in “The Judge” might be too much for some audiences to sit through.

    Overall, “The Judge” is a powerful film with important questions about the roles of justice and mercy inside the courtroom, but more importantly in our everyday lives. 

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  • (Female)

    No Maturity Rating | Worth Your Time

    “The Judge,” starring Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall, is an extremely dynamic film about a family struggling to connect after the loss of their matriarch. The middle son, Hank, is a successful lawyer who returns to his childhood home and ends up defending his father in a murder trial. This film is really well cast. Robert Downey Jr. brings the expected quick wit and humorous cynicism to “The Judge.” In fact, it’s hard to separate his character in this film from the popular Iron Man at times. However, there are times when you see a more compassionate side of the intense actor as he rebuilds his relationship with his aging father. Robert Duvall’s performance as both father and judge stands out throughout the entire film, and the supporting cast, including Billy Bob Thornton and Dax Shepard, are all great. “The Judge” raises a lot of moral and ethical questions about justice and mercy, as well as family relationships. Depicting such a dysfunctional family leaves a lot of room to explore the dynamics between siblings as well as the ever-changing relationships of parents and children. I was left wanting even more from the brothers. There is one conversation between Hank and his older brother that I really wanted to see and was disappointed when the movie seemed to just gloss over it. You’ll know the moment when you see it in the diner. With such serious thematic material, the quick bits of comedy are a welcomed relief, especially the scenes with the youngest brother, Dale. But, there is definitely a strange juxtaposition between drama and comedy in “The Judge.” It is almost as if the characters jump in and out of both worlds without enough connection. That being said, there was definitely a need for lighter humor to balance the intensity of the plot and portrayal of such difficult experiences. Rated R for language and some sexual references, “The Judge” is appropriate for a more mature audience. The entire film is sprinkled with profanity from almost every character. Viewers should also be aware of the extremely heavy thematic material. Between the conflict within the family and the events in the courtroom, the drama in “The Judge” might be too much for some audiences to sit through. Overall, “The Judge” is a powerful film with important questions about the roles of justice and mercy inside the courtroom, but more importantly in our everyday lives.

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