Judge Dredd

1995

Judge Dredd (1995)

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Critic Consensus: Judge Dredd wants to be both a legitimate violent action flick and a parody of one, but director Danny Cannon fails to find the necessary balance to make it work.

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This action-filled sci-fi spectacle is set in a grim, futuristic world in which authoritarianism is the only way left to ensure democracy. The tale, based on a popular British comic book character, is set in the 22nd century after most of the Earth has become an uninhabitable desert wasteland. In North America, all of the people live in one of three giant cities. These cities are overpopulated and teetering on the brink of anarchy. Trying to maintain some semblance of order are the judges, lawmen riding air bikes, who mete out swift, and frequently fatal justice. The premiere judge of seething Mega-City, built atop the ruins of New York, is Dredd. His daily crime-busting routine is upset one day when the nefarious Rico breaks out of the high-security Aspen Penal Colony and returns to get revenge on the one who ratted on him; he also wants to make Mega-City an even more violent place. Upon his arrival, Rico immediately begins working to frame Dredd. He succeeds and the judge is imprisoned. Fortunately, the hero escapes and a spectacular and exciting battle between the judge and the evil Rico ensues.

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Cast

Sylvester Stallone
as Judge Dredd
Diane Lane
as Judge Hershey
Jürgen Prochnow
as Judge Griffin
Max von Sydow
as Judge Fargo
Joanna Miles
as McGruder
Maurice Roëves
as Warden Miller
Ian Dury
as Geiger
Christopher Adamson
as Mean Machine
Ewen Bremner
as Junior Angel
Peter Marinker
as Judge Esposito
Angus MacInnes
as Judge Silver
Mattieu Ricard
as Zed Squatter 1
James Remar
as Block Warlord
Louise Delamere
as Locker Judge
Phil Smeeton
as Fink Angel
Scott Wilson
as Pa Angel
Steve Toussaint
as Hunter Squad Leader
Bradley Savelle
as Chief Judge Hunter
Mark Morghan
as Judge Killed by Robot
Ed Stobart
as Barge Crew Member
Huggy Leaver
as Brutal Prisoner
John Blakey
as Border Guard
Dig Wayne
as Reggie
Ashley Artus
as Squatter #1
Christopher Glover
as Squatter #2
Stephen Lord
as Zed Squatter #1
Phil Kingston
as Zed Squatter #2
Ewan Bailey
as Aspen Guard
Stuart Mullen
as Co-pilot
Pat Starr
as Lily Hammond
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Critic Reviews for Judge Dredd

All Critics (52) | Top Critics (11)

The movie, by the end, practically seems intent on destroying itself.

Jul 6, 2010 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

A thunderous, unoriginal futuristic hardware show for teenage boys.

Mar 26, 2009
Variety
Top Critic

Directed without inspiration by Danny Cannon from a stupid script by Michael De Luca, William Wisher, and Steven de Souza.

Apr 25, 2007 | Full Review…

This slam-bang Stallone vehicle never quite delivers what its confident, fizzing visuals seem to promise.

Feb 9, 2006 | Full Review…
Time Out
Top Critic

Although it is full of noise and fake firepower, Dredd simply lies there on the screen until the final scenes.

May 20, 2003 | Rating: 1.5/5

Usually engaging and sympathetic, Stallone is blank and tongue-tied here, an immovable slab in the midst of 95 minutes of gunfire, explosions and Gothic excess.

Jun 18, 2002 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Judge Dredd

The worst I can say about this abrasive and loud sci-fi is that Rob Schneider is not the worst thing in it (and he tries to be ... as usual). Only for teenage boys.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

½

Terribly acted. The script was mindlessly drafted. There's little of note in this film other than how "m'eh" it was.

Christian C
Christian C

Super Reviewer

silly and not quite consistent with the source material, but a ton of fun none the less. ive seen this film many times and i always enjoy it.

danny d
danny d

Super Reviewer

½

The filmmakers did a lot of over-thinking while producing "Judge Dredd," because the view of the film is interesting, but the writing, the plot, the characters, and the one-liners are so bland that it just becomes tiresome and boring, even though it is only 96 minutes. Stallone usually chooses great films to star in, which make him look better than he actually is, but this film is a new low for his career. Honestly, if you are looking for anything remotely enjoyable, you will not find it here, unless you are drunk. "Judge Dredd" is one of the worst attempts at an Action/Sci-Fi that I have seen in a long time, it's awful!

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

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