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The Judge Reviews

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January 29, 2019
Robert Downey Jr. relishes this role, and it shows.
January 24, 2019
A good example of talented actors taking mediocre material and making it passable entertainment.
November 2, 2018
In the end, the absolutely brilliant performances of Downey and Duvall make the movie worth every minute, despite the shortcomings of the script.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
January 30, 2018
It's not particularly surprising, but I admit it was an agreeable and sometimes emotional experience [Full review in Spanish]
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 1, 2017
For a 140 minute movie, it's just painstakingly obvious that there is material here that should have been chopped out
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 10, 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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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]
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 26, 2015
The Judge picked me apart in ways that I wasn't prepared for.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
February 3, 2015
The best thing I can say about "The Judge" is that I didn't mind watching it. The movie, starring Robert Downey, Jr. and Robert Duvall covered a lot of familiar territory, but it was a comfortable journey.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
December 29, 2014
Downey and Duvall deliver fine performances in a story we've seen many times before.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 12, 2014
Given its extreme overlength (141 minutes!), The Judge ultimately fares a whole lot better than one might've anticipated...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 8, 2014
Flawlessly directed and skillfully acted, "The Judge" joins last week's "Gone Girl" on this year's short list of worthy Oscar contenders
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
November 4, 2014
The Judge is over long and periodically self-sabotages itself through moments of sentiment and dramatic obviousness, but at heart it's a smart and hard-working film aided immeasurably by powerful performances
October 27, 2014
This is a film that is well cast, and director David Dobkin ("Wedding Crashers") gets solid performances out of this fine cast. While the story could have been tighter, it has plenty of emotional and dramatic power.
Full Review | Original Score: B
October 27, 2014
It can be formulaic, improbable, melodramatic and bloated. But it emphasizes its stars' strengths, which go a long way when your leads are Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 26, 2014
Robert Downey Jr and Robert Duvall are on such mesmerising, Oscar-baiting form in this old-school family melodrama cum courtroom cliffhanger that it's possible to pardon the film for being so clichéd and contrived.
October 17, 2014
Thankfully out of his Iron Man suit and away from his usual pantry of excuses to ham it up, Robert Downey Jr reminds us what a fine dramatic actor he is in David Dobkin's finely honed, prestige legal drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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