The Judge Reviews

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September 6, 2019
It vacillates between middlebrow familial melodrama, murder mystery, and half-baked courtroom drama.
August 31, 2019
It'll be great to watch while ironing your clothes one day.
May 31, 2019
A surprisingly moving and compelling drama which, despite a lengthy running time, does not outstay its welcome and gives Downey Jr. scope to exhibit his considerable talents.
March 2, 2019
There are the makings of a good, old-fashioned family drama here, but the film is bogged down by cliché and predictability that permeate the script.
January 30, 2019
Robert Downey Jr. relishes this role, and it shows.
January 25, 2019
A good example of talented actors taking mediocre material and making it passable entertainment.
December 8, 2018
THE JUDGE is nothing more than an overwrought family film with a random appearance by Billy Bob Thornton and a few F-bombs for dramatic effect.
November 3, 2018
In the end, the absolutely brilliant performances of Downey and Duvall make the movie worth every minute, despite the shortcomings of the script.
January 30, 2018
It's not particularly surprising, but I admit it was an agreeable and sometimes emotional experience [Full review in Spanish]
December 2, 2017
For a 140 minute movie, it's just painstakingly obvious that there is material here that should have been chopped out
November 11, 2017
This is a tale encapsulated simply enough within the deceptively simple parenthesis of a small-town family bonding saga. And of course, Downey and Duvall shine.
October 18, 2017
The main issue with The Judge is that it's too long and schmaltzy, and the length makes the schmaltz worse because you have that much longer to be aware of it.
February 28, 2017
Downey's Hank is basically Downey playing a character carefully calibrated for audience sympathies -- hey he's a smug jerk of a lawyer but he's a really good Dad to his loving young daughter.
April 14, 2016
It remains watchable to the very end, mostly thanks to a stolid cast that absolutely refuses to be sucked into the muddied tropes that make up the screenplay.
April 11, 2016
One of those films that goes under the radar but has everything in it, making it a great film. [Full review in Spanish]
April 7, 2016
The main plot anchors itself with quite a lot of naturalism, an ironic half-smile, and that measured point of repulsion-attraction mastered by the great Luchini, expert on human toads that tie us with their tongues. [Full Review in Spanish]
April 7, 2016
Love affairs and literature. Rom-com and courtroom drama. The mix isn't really promising, but Christian Vincent manages to make a good marriage out of them. [Full Review in Spanish]
March 2, 2016
The familial dysfunction is familiar and cliched, but the two complement each other nicely. Duvall makes the audience, and Hank, work to get to know him, and by the time the denouement rolls around you are glad Hank kept on prodding.
November 19, 2015
The Judge has a few good things going for it... What the film doesn't have is faith that the audience can appreciate solid dramatic acting for more than, oh, three minutes at a stretch.
August 11, 2015
At 141 minutes, The Judge cannot avoid resorting to clichés, and they pile up as the movie trundles on.
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