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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]
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.