The Judge (2014) Synopsis
In "The Judge," Downey stars as big city lawyer Hank Palmer, who returns to his childhood home where his estranged father, the town’s judge (Duvall), is suspected of murder. He sets out to discover the truth and along the way reconnects with the...
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New York Observer

By Rex Reed
Equal parts courtroom drama, legal thriller and family saga, it’s also a synchronized duet for two terrific actors at the top of their...
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New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
Speaking of committed: Duvall, at age 83, nearly steals the show. Always the most inscrutable of the great ’70s actors, Duvall uses his...
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch

By Joe Williams
Despite playing with a stacked deck, The Judge is guilty of exceeding expectations.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Beethoven once went five years without composing. Until now, Downey has gone five years without making anything close to a serious movie....
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New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
Overlong and sometimes schmaltzy — but still hugely engaging.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Chris Nashawaty
What makes the film more than just a dusty Grisham retread is that the case (as compelling as it is) is merely the backdrop for a more...
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Chicago Tribune

By Michael Phillips
Of the 141 minutes in The Judge, roughly 70 work well, hold the screen and allow a ripe ensemble cast the chance to do its thing, i.e.,...
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By Justin Chang
The Judge pivots on a simple yet inspired stroke of casting, pitting Duvall’s iconic gravitas against Downey’s razor-sharp wit, and then...
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
A classic example of a second-rate courtroom drama.
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Village Voice

By Stephanie Zacharek
The Judge has its funny moments but is far more serious at heart, and much more of a slog, too.
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The Judge

By Livana
I was able to see this before the October release and although I read some of the reviews that were released recently I started to have some reservations about the film. However, I’ve disagreed with...

The Judge Wowed!

By judemovies
The showbiz saying that there are no small parts, just small actors is relevant here. Leads or not, all pulled their weight to make this one of the best dramas so far this year. I'm a Downey fan but...

A really good film I'm glad I saw--still thinking about it days later

By vigilant104527
I saw this film in a preview screening at Wright Patterson AFB. The crowd loved it, and so did I. Duvall and Downey were at their best--and that is darn good. Every character int he movie was...

May be RDJ's best work

By playtone22
Robert Downey Jr in "The Judge" is a MUST SEE! I was lucky enough to have a friend take me to a screening last night and I'm definitely seeing it again!!! This may be his best work. Not saying it's...

Academy award performances

By kalamazootx
A great movie! Don't miss this one -I predict Robert Downey Jr and Robert Duval will be accepting Oscars for their performances...


By VegasBluebird
Just all around excellent - solid performances by both lead and supporting actors and a storyline that will be achingly true to life for many people. Definitely recommended....

The critics SUCK.

By MykMac99
Duvall, and Downy will get Oscars the public will love this. It is by far the best movie of the year....

One of the GREATEST FILMS OF 2014

By ronkillswarrior
I saw the Trailer some weeks ago and fell in love with the story. The storyline has somewhat truth in all of us and we all have had relationships with our parents good and bad. The story is about a...

Loved it

By c2w91
The only bad part was the less than exciting verdict, other than that Duvall and Downey Jr. were impeccable. Has a very bittersweet ending and the music throughout the movie was phenomenal. I won't...

5 Stars!

By Dashkdash4
I knew I would like this movie. I just didn't know I'd love it. It was riveting. I am not surprised that "critics" didn't get it but the people in the seats do. Something extraordinary happens. ...

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Rated R | For Some Sexual References and Language
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 16+ Mature legal drama is superbly acted but a bit predictable.
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