The Judge


The Judge (2018)


Critic Consensus: Within the immediately accessible framework of its subject's extraordinary story, The Judge offers an enlightening look at issues as timely as they are universally resonant.


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The Judge provides rare insight into Shari'a law (Islamic law), an often misunderstood legal framework for Muslims, told through the eyes of the first woman judge to be appointed to the Middle East's religious courts. The film intimately portrays Judge Kholoud Al-Faqih's trials and tribulations in achieving justice for women within the Shari'a courts of the West Bank, detailing in verité courtroom drama the resistance that she and her male counterpart, a progressive Sheik, face daily.

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All Critics (23) | Top Critics (10)

It's an exceptional, multi-dimensional look at the culture from the inside.

Nov 19, 2018 | Full Review…

Al-Faqih is a role model, and Cohn makes a strong case for her.

May 18, 2018 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Although Faqih speaks eloquently about women's rights and what she stands for, a bit more personal introspection might have been illuminating.

May 2, 2018 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

"The Judge" lays out facts while avoiding making easy judgments about how Palestinian men view and treat women.

Apr 26, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

People who need a fair-minded adjudicator like Kholoud Al-Faqih and are fortunate to have her.

Apr 23, 2018 | Full Review…

Erika Cohn's documentary could have delved deeper at key points, but in its engaging fashion it strikes one inspirational note after another...

Apr 15, 2018 | Full Review…

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