The Judge Reviews

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October 17, 2014
Unfortunately, when Downey is not centre-stage the drama becomes leaden, sentimental and utterly improbable.
October 17, 2014
There are a number of fine reasons to see the courtroom-meets-family melodrama The Judge. As you might suspect, two stand out: actors Robert Duvall and Robert Downey Jr.
October 17, 2014
Every scene makes its point, every line of dialogue weighs in. But it works the material too hard - it's all so emphatic and over-egged and improbably tied together.
October 16, 2014
There are plenty of emotional fireworks in this big, soupy but entertaining picture, which is obvious Oscar bait.
October 16, 2014
Robert Downey Jr and Robert Duvall can't save this dysfunctional legal drama from sloppy scripting.
October 14, 2014
A charismatic performance from Downey Jr and the growling presence of Duvall make up for a multitude of sins in this big and brash family drama .
October 11, 2014
I don't expect The Judge to usher in a new era of legal thrillers, but I'm happy to see Downey leave the Marvel universe and Baker Street behind.
October 10, 2014
It wants to be many movies, and fails at being even one of them.
October 10, 2014
This is not by any means a bad movie. The script has its bright patches, the setting is picturesque, and the cast is full of actors you'll want to see.
October 10, 2014
An overstuffed, overlong slog of a legal drama. Director David Dobkin coats every cliché with cheap theatrics. Go ahead, see The Judge just for Downey and Duvall. But to cite another recent dud, this is where I leave you.
October 10, 2014
A blue-chip cast struggles with an unwieldy script in The Judge, a hybrid comedy, family-reconciliation story and legal drama.
October 10, 2014
Let's just say any film that has a high school romance rekindled, hints of incest, cancer, professional baseball, mental disability and repeated vomiting has too much going on, especially when some things have no tie to the basic story.
October 10, 2014
The Judge is a tale of family dysfunction, the sins of the father and all that.
October 9, 2014
Duvall and Downey create a memorable mutual antipathy with echoes that go back as far as Raymond Massey squaring off against James Dean in "East of Eden."
October 9, 2014
An overlong crowd-pleaser that mistakes a hackneyed catharsis for something more meaningful.
October 9, 2014
A sprawl of narrative that is as unconvincing as the suspiciously sprawl-free, nostalgia-tinged town where it all takes place.
October 9, 2014
It's "what people want." Whereas I say the hell with people and what they want.
October 9, 2014
[Duvall and Downey] may not be enough to counterbalance the bloat of the rest of the film, but they keep it from sinking under the weight of soggy sentimentality.
October 9, 2014
There were reports that Duvall initially turned down this script, only to reconsider because he wanted to work with Downey. Good call.
October 9, 2014
Always the most inscrutable of the great '70s actors, Duvall uses his great, unassuming American face to convey pride, confusion, pain and compassion - sometimes all at once.
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