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In the serious drama far from his usual franchise fare, Downey Jr. plays a big-shot NY lawyer who has to defend his own father, who's been accused of murdering his mother. Co-executive produced by Downey Jr. and directed by David Dobkin, "The Judge" fell flat with critics upon its Toronto world premiere despite the leading man's strong dramatic performance. But in terms of social media, it was the buzziest film of the fest. (Our Tiff review is here.) Warner Bros. releases the film theatrically on October 10 and in a sign of the times had Downey Jr. debut this second trailer, below, on his Twitter and Facebook. Venerable costars include Oscar contender Robert Duvall, Vera Farmiga, Billy Bob Thornton, Vincent D'Onofrio and Leighton Meester. »
- Ryan Lattanzio
"The Judge" is back in court for another trailer. Oscar vets Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall star in this family drama about a slick, big city lawyer returning to his hometown to defend his father -- a renowned local judge -- in a murder case. The latest trailer doesn't do much to dispel the idea that "The Judge" is Grade A Hollywood cheese, pairing uplifting, soft-lit images with an inspirational pop anthem cranked up to 11. It also gives viewers a better look at co-stars Vera Farmiga (as the small town beauty) and Billy Bob Thornton, who looks to be enjoying his turn as a sharp-tongued prosecutor. So far, the critical reception has been somewhat mixed to say the least; HitFix's own Drew McWeeny calls it "risible Hollywood dreck" that "goes from pedestrian to painful to unintentionally funny before finally petering out somewhere around interminable." However, it may just be »
- Dave Lewis
Warner Bros. has released a new The Judge trailer for director David Dobkin’s upcoming drama, and it goes rather heavy on the sentimentality. Robert Downey Jr. plays an attorney who returns home for his mother’s funeral only to learn that his estranged father (Robert Duvall), a judge who suffers from Alzheimer’s, has been accused of murder. Reviews out of the film’s Tiff premiere weren’t great and this trailer lays on the schmaltz pretty hard, but Downey Jr. still manages to be engaging. I was also somewhat surprised to find out that Steven Spielberg’s longtime collaborator Janusz Kaminski was the cinematographer on the pic, marking another rare foray outside of his Spielberg partnership. Watch the new The Judge trailer after the jump. The film also stars Vera Farmiga, Billy Bob Thornton, Vincent D’Onofrio, Jeremy Strong, Dax Shepard, Leighton Meester, Ken Howard, David Krumholtz, Balthazar Getty, »
- Adam Chitwood
He won't have his buddies in The Avengers by his side, or CGI spectacle to carry him, so for the upcoming dramedy "The Judge," Robert Downey Jr. will have to rely on his quick wit, and the kind of acting chops we don't see from the actor when he's out saving the world. Instead, he'll have to save Robert Duvall. A new trailer has dropped for the Tiff Opening Film, and it mostly avoids the funny stuff in order to focus on the uplifting and rousing moments instead. Co-starring Vera Farmiga, Vincent D'Onofrio, Billy Bob Thornton and Leighton Meester, the movie tells the story of a slick, big city defense lawyer with daddy issues, who returns to his hometown to defend that aforementioned parent from a murder charge. Cue feelings! Cue indie rock songs! Cue emotions! Yes, this is pretty manipulative, old school stuff. "The Judge" opens on October 10th. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
The Judge, a court room whodunnit spliced with a generational family drama, is the sort of straight down the middle-of-the-road, sentimental twaddle that Hollywood turns out effortlessly, cheerfully foregoing anything resembling originality or sincere emotional resonance.
Robert Downey Jr. is Chicago attorney Hank Palmer, who makes a tidy living successfully defending wealthy clients against all manner of charges from assault to fraud. Palmer was raised in a small town in Indiana, and after receiving news of his mother’s death he hurriedly returns home, where it’s clear that the relationship between Hank and his father Judge Joseph Palmer (Robert Duvall) is very strained. Hank intends to leave on the first flight back to Chicago the morning after his mother’s funeral.
On the cusp of Hank’s departure, the police question his father about the hit and run death of a man the judge sent to prison for 20 years. »
- Ian Gilchrist
It's a struggle to muster up any real opinions about The Judge, Robert Downey Jr's family drama in which he gets to act opposite the great Robert Duvall. There isn't much to say other than Downey Jr sure is charming - so charming, it seems, that entire movies are built up around his charisma, with little to no foundation to speak of. Such is the case here, where no amount of Downey swag can distract from the fact that this is film is just 'okay', wearingly predictable despite the potential for so much more.
Downey Jr, so skilled at playing smug, wise-cracking cynics with hearts of gold, plays yet another variation of the type: big-city lawyer Hank Palmer, forced to return to his small hometown after years of »
The Judge, 2014.
Directed by David Dobkin.
A big-city lawyer returns home when his estranged father, a small-town judge, is accused of murder.
An unscrupulous attorney returns to his home town for the funeral of his mother where there is a lot of family hostility towards him; his planned escape is interrupted when his father is arrested for the murder of a recently released convict which he is known to have despised. A slow-witted brother documents everything by carrying around a film camera while the overweight sibling had his professional baseball career ended when he was involved in a car accident with the lawyer. There is also a high school sweetheart who is a single mother and successful local entrepreneur.
When it comes to the cast there is a lot of »
- Trevor Hogg
Stepping back from the bombastic action of the ever-expanding McU, Robert Downey Jr.’s upcoming appearance in David Dobkin’s The Judge is drawing a lot of attention coming out of Toronto. For long-term fans of the charismatic actor, it marks a return to the low-key and cunning roles found in films such as Two Guys and a Girl along with Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, and is a welcome tonic to the adventures of Tony Stark.
And, as the film gears up for its international release on October 10th, the studio has unveiled the courtroom drama’s second trailer.
For The Judge, Downey Jr. plays a hotshot defense attorney called Hank Palmer who, after returning to his hometown for his mother’s funeral, is given the opportunity to rekindle his relationship with his father — played here by Robert Duvall. Naturally, that familial bond is put to the test when his »
- Michael Briers
Today we have a new, international trailer for Robert Downey Jr's upcoming "The Judge" drama, co-starring Robert Duvall, and Vera Farmiga. Downey commented on the movie, stating: "This is the kind of movie I grew up wanting to make. Only took 49 years. Enjoy." Check out the trailer below. Plot: Hank Palmer (Downey) 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 family he walked away from years before. The new movie is directed by David Dobkin (The Change-Up, Fred Claus, Wedding Crashers) and is set to hit theaters on October 10th. Trailer: »
Director David Dobkin, known for lighthearted comedies The Change-Up and Fred Claus, shows his more serious side with the upcoming awards-season drama The Judge. Robert Downey Jr. stars as a hotshot lawyer who returns to his hometown only to discover that his father (Robert Duvall) is suspected of murder. His dad also happens to be the town's Judge.
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 Judge: Posters
The Judge comes to theaters October 10th, 2014 and stars Robert Downey Jr., Vera Farmiga, Leighton Meester, Vincent D'Onofrio, Sarah Lancaster, Dax Shepard, David Krumholtz, Billy Bob Thornton. The film is directed by David Dobkin. »
Reviews have been mixed since it premiered at Toronto International Film Festival, but the following trailer which has been released today for The Judge may just go some way in helping you decide whether or not the movie (which is no longer considered a serious Oscar contender) is worth watching!
The Judge is an upcoming thriller and family drama which sees Iron Man and Avengers Assemble star Robert Downey Jr. as a successful defence attorney who ends up battling it out with Fargo’s Billy Bob Thornton (in the courtroom) after he reluctantly returns home for his mother’s funeral.
It’s then that he discovers that his estranged father (The Godfather’s Robert Duvall), the town’s judge who now suffers from Alzheimer’s, has been accused of murder and is set to stand trial for the crime.
David Dobkin is directing the movie which marks the first project »
- Josh Wilding
In “The Judge,” Robert Downey Jr. 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 family he walked away from years before.
Have a look at the new trailer by using the player below.
"The Judge" will hit theaters on October 10, 2014.
Source: Digital Spy »
- Kellvin Chavez
Warner Bros. has released a new trailer for director David Dobkin’s (Wedding Crashers) upcoming thriller/family drama The Judge. Robert Downey Jr. plays an attorney who returns home for his mother’s funeral only to learn that his estranged father (Robert Duvall), a judge who suffers from Alzheimer’s, has been accused of murder. This new look at the film has a decidedly more emo, awards-baiting, tone than the first trailer. I'm curious to see the film myself, as I can sit through a bad movie just for a good Downey Jr. performance, but the early word out of Tiff has not been kind (I suspect that we'll have our own review of this one up soon). Hit the jump to check out the new trailer for The Judge. The film also stars Vera Farmiga, Vincent D’Onofrio, Jeremy Strong, Billy Bob Thornton, Dax Shepard, Leighton Meester, Ken Howard, »
- Evan Dickson
The full trailer for The Judge has been released.
During his search for the truth, he begins to reconnect with the family he left behind.
Vera Farmiga, Billy Bob Thornton, Vincent D'Onofrio, Melissa Leo and Leighton Meester are among the supporting cast. The screenplay is by Gran Torino scribe Nick Schenk and first-time writer Bill Dubuque.
The film opened this year's Toronto Film Festival last Friday (September 5).
The Judge is released in the UK on October 17. »
It is appropriate that Robert Downey Jr. burst back onto the A-list by playing a superhero, as the actor’s cunning wit and dry charisma has single-handedly saved or repaired a variety of average films. Efforts like Two Girls and a Guy, The Soloist, Tropic Thunder and his Iron Man installments needed Downey’s caustic touch to be memorable trips to the cinema. Now, the actor is back in top-tier form, taking the mawkish, Grisham-lite drama The Judge and doing everything he can to infuse the story with sheer entertainment. He avenges a mediocre script and uneven storytelling with not only flair, but also deep sincerity.
In this earnest return to drama for Wedding Crashers director David Dobkin, Downey plays Hank Palmer, a hotshot defense attorney who only books expensive clients – “Innocent people can’t afford me,” he snipes at a prosecutor – but cannot book the time to talk with his grade-school-age daughter. »
- Jordan Adler
The Toronto International Film Festival rolled out the red carpet for the world premiere of The Judge which kicked off the festival on Thursday. The all-star ensemble cast including Robert Downey Jr., Robert Duvall, Billy Bob Thornton, Vera Farmiga, Vincent D’Onofrio, and Dax Shepard were in Toronto to celebrate their new drama.
When big city lawyer Hank Palmer (Downey Jr.) returns to his hometown when his estranged father, a small town judge (Duvall), is accused of murdering Hank’s mother.
We sat down with the cast of the film to talk legacy, family, and the essence that is Rdj.
- Rachel West
Robert Downey, Jr. held court at the Toronto International Film Festival last night with the world premiere of his upcoming drama with Robert Duvall and Vera Farmiga, The Judge. Recent inductees of the Rdj fan club may be a little unsure about the actor's return to drama, but Downey's not always all super-powered robots and blockbuster action.
From his Brat Pack beginnings to his indiscretions and eventual return to box office gold, Robert Downey, Jr. has basically confirmed he's as versatile and charismatic as his Avengers alter ego, Tony Stark.
Check out the five top reasons why we love Robert Downey, Jr. in our first installment of our "Five Reasons We Love" YouTube series! »
- Sasha James
#454643262 / gettyimages.com The Scene Pictured above: The Judge opens up the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival. From left to right: Actor Dax Shepard, writer-director David Dobkin, actor Robert Duvall, producer Susan Downey, actors Robert Downey Jr., Emma Tremblay, Vera Farmiga, Jeremy Strong and Vincent D'Onofrio. Pictured below: The somewhat exotic food concessions at the Scotiabank theater here in downtown Toronto. Risotto balls? Yes please! What Critics Are Saying About... The Judge (in theaters October 10) In The Judge, Robert Downey Jr. stars as a hotshot lawyer who returns to his hometown where his estranged father (Robert Duvall), a judge, as been accused of murder. Buzz on the ground at Toronto...
- Erik Davis
By Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter
The 39th Toronto International Film Festival got underway on Thursday night with the world premiere of Warner Bros.’ The Judge at Roy Thomson Hall. David Dobkin‘s drama stars Robert Downey, Jr. and Robert Duvall as a son and father who have never really gotten along, but who begin to bond when the son, a hotshot lawyer, begins representing the father, who is facing murder charges for allegedly killing a man with his car and then fleeing the scene. The film, which will be released nationwide on Oct. 10, received a warm ovation that became a standing ovation when a spotlight was shined on the film’s principal talent — amongst whom are also Vera Farmiga and Vincent D’Onofrio — as the credits rolled.
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- Anjelica Oswald
Robert Downey Jr. certainly upped the star power of the opening night of the Toronto International Film Festival Thursday with the world premiere of The Judge, the father-son relationship drama he stars in opposite Robert Duvall.
While the annual Canadian confab often draws major Hollywood talent looking for audience love, until recently the festival previously dedicated its opening night to Canadian films. That changed two years ago when Sony Pictures opened the Joseph Gordon-Levitt-starring Looper, followed in 2013 by the world premiere of the Wikileaks drama The Fifth Estate.
The increased star power seems to align with Toronto’s new »
- Nicole Sperling
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