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Judge, The (15)


Big city lawyer Hank Palmer returns to his childhood home where his father, the town's judge, is suspected of murder. Hank sets out to discover the truth and, along the way, reconnects with his estranged family.

The critical consensus

Verdict: a combination of courtroom clichés, family feuds and oddball jokes that is a criminal misuse of star talent.

**(*)(*)(*)Siobhan Synnot, The Scotsman, 12/10/2014

A great cast and promising premise get swamped in an awkward mix of airport-novel noir and blokey family melodrama.

***(*)(*)Damon Wise, Empire Online, 13/10/2014

Robert Downey Jr. puts his abundant charisma to good use in this judicial thriller-cum-family reconciliation drama. But the jury’s out on director Dobkin’s aptitude for weighty subject matter.

***(*)(*)Matt Mueller, Total Film, 13/10/2014

Verdict: Misfiring melodrama.

*(*)(*)(*)(*)Brian Viner, Daily Mail, 17/10/2014

Robert Downey Jr and Robert Duvall can't save this dysfunctional legal drama from sloppy scripting.

**(*)(*)(*)Adam Woodward, Little White Lies, 16/10/2014

There are plenty of emotional fireworks in this big, soupy but entertaining picture.

***(*)(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 16/10/2014

The Judge is not a film that will ever wrongfoot viewers or confound their expectations. Its pleasures lie instead in the central performances.

****(*)Geoffrey MacNab, The Independent, 16/10/2014

It’s just all a bit naff. Downey and Duvall might seem like guarantees of watchability, but any evidence of compelling storytelling is purely circumstantial.

**(*)(*)(*)Alistair Harkness, The Scotsman, 18/10/2014

Directed a touch heavy-handedly by David Dobkin, hitherto best known for comedies Wedding Crashers and The Change-Up, The Judge has plenty of gavel-hitting BIG MOMENTS and is never dull but it lacks the subtlety to actually hit you where it matters, in the heart.

***(*)(*)Henry Fitzherbert, Daily Express, 19/10/2014

As the verdict draws closer, the sentimental silliness and courtroom cliches pile up, leaving us with the feeling that it’s co-writer and director David Dobkin (best known for Wedding Crashers) who can’t handle the truth.

***(*)(*)Mark Kermode, The Observer, 19/10/2014

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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