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Judgment Night (1993)

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Average Rating: 3.2/10
Critic Reviews: 5
Fresh: 1 | Rotten: 4

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Average Rating: 3.2/5
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In Judgment Night, an action-packed thriller directed by Stephen Hopkins, a group of young middle-class men Emilio Estevez Cuba Gooding Jr. Jeremy Piven and Stephen Dorff on a night out with the boys take a disastrous wrong turn that leads to a run-in with a vicious street gang led by Fallon (Denis Leary). A cold, vicious and frightening criminal, Fallon and his band of thugs threaten to permanently silence the foursome after they witness a murder. ~ Linda Rasmussen, Rovi

Apr 7, 1998

Universal Pictures

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This is an exceedingly well directed, cleverly filmed and edited, tension-filled affair. It is also a wholly preposterous, muddled, paranoid view of the inner-city nightmare where the slightest misstep is sure to have a fateful result.

September 2, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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A tight, energetic sleeper in the action-adventure genre, manages to pack a few anti-machismo sentiments into an otherwise brawny tale.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
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The filmmakers have made a big deal of a soundtrack that features 10 collaborations between rappers and rockers (the theme is performed by De La Soul and Teenage Fan Club), but their casting consciousness is less adventurous.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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It's refreshing to know that it's not just characters in horror films who are irredeemably dumb.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: ReelViews
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Perhaps the ultimate Judgment comes from Estevez, who observes: 'Nothing about tonight makes sense.'

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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Works as an absurd but entertaining action thriller...

August 14, 2012 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

Excellent soundtrack, appalling acting, especially by Gooding.

December 17, 2003
New Times

A classy, edge of your seat thriller. Fun all round!

November 18, 2003
Moviehole

Fallon's obsessive quest to eliminate witnesses comes to seem more and more like utter madness -- but then, maybe that's the point. It's hard to tell amidst the layered gunfire and random explosions.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
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Pretty tense stuff most of the way.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Audience Reviews for Judgment Night

Back when Dennis Leary wasn't really well known (to me at least) he made quite the intimidating bad guy in this semi decent thriller. Since then he became much bigger and for me this menacing image faded somewhat. He was no longer some random psycho but a famous face on a comedy sitcom.

Other cast members include the once big time thing Emilio Estevez, Cuba Gooding Jr who seems to fade in and out of the limelight, Stephen Dorff who also tends to have a roller coaster career and Jeremy Piven who is one of these actors I dunno what genre he belongs in, but he can't do any.

The film is simply about a group of regular guys that get lost when they stray off the highway in their RV. They end up witnessing a murder and having the killers on their tales trying to whack them.

Simple yet effective, or it can be, and this just about does the trick. Its a bit weird though frankly, the area they get lost in seems to be an almost deserted ghost town with not a living sole on the streets or any cars what so ever. You'd be forgiven for thinking they have strolled into some kind of alternative dimension and the film is a fantasy of sorts.

The film is tense in spots but not really that worrying, you know nothing will happen to most of these guys and obviously all the bad guys will bite the dust. The film looks pretty good though, very dark, bleak, heavy shadows, empty abandoned looking buildings everywhere and plenty of trash blowing in the wind. Its just really odd that the good guys are completely unable to get themselves out of this nasty area haha all they gotta do is follow a main road surely.

I suppose you could call it artistic license huh the lifeless streets and area. Hopkins certainly does a good job on the visuals and manages to make a reasonable thriller despite casting Gooding in a lead role. A nice sensible turn on 'The Warriors' if you like but its quite tame now and the ending for Leary's character is weak.
August 30, 2012
phubbs1

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Denis Leary's portrayal of a deadly gang leader is a perfect example of playing the "oppposite" with his dry sense of humor, and that hard to distinguish smile. Definately someone who deserves much more credit as an actor.
The film consists of four friends on their way to a boxing match that get caught in gang-land as they get off the freeway in hope of a quicker route to their destination. All hell breaks loose when they believe they hit a young man who they bring aboard their RV to help, but learn that help is something devoid in this particular area.
December 27, 2009
yona71

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a ggod flick about guys running around at night
January 22, 2007
sanjurosamurai
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    1. Fallon: I'm chopped liver. I'm worse than Caruso. I look like an accountant playing my wish dream of a tough guy.
    – Submitted by Jesse K (13 months ago)
    1. Fallon: No, you CAN'T take my money, but you can...take my money...
    – Submitted by Melanie D (19 months ago)
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