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The Judge Movie Review

22 October 2014 2:12 PM, PDT | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

The Judge Warner Bros Reviewed for Shockya by Harvey Karten. Data-based on Rotten Tomatoes Grade:  B Director:  David Dobkin Screenplay:  Nick Schenk, Bill Dubuque, from David Dobkin and Nick Schenk’s story Cast:  Robert Downey Jr., Robert Duvall, Vera Farmiga, Billy Bob Thornton, Vincent D’Onofrio, David Krumholtz Screened at:  Warner, NYC, October 6, 2014 Opens:  October 10, 2014 Containing all the tension and some of the twists that make John Grisham novels best sellers, David Dobkin’s “The Judge” adds a Hallmark style reconciliation between a small-town crotchety judge and his estranged slick lawyer son.  Director Dobkin, whose 2005 movie “Wedding Crashers” deals with two fun guys who sneak into weddings, takes  [ Read More ]

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The Judge review: Robert Downey Jr coasts in muddled melodrama

17 October 2014 6:08 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Director: David Dobkin; Screenwriter: Nick Schenk, Bill Dubuque; Starring: Robert Downey Jr, Robert Duvall, Vera Farmiga, Jeremy Strong, Vincent D'Onofrio; Running time: 141 mins; Certificate: 15

Robert Downey Jr's career resurgence has been a joy to behold. Without it, we wouldn't have his wry, nuanced, endlessly charismatic Tony Stark, and without Tony Stark we wouldn't have the Marvel Cinematic Universe which has, on the whole, been nothing but good news for comic book movies and the audiences that love them. But Downey hasn't shown much range over the past five years of near-relentless Starking, and The Judge looks ostensibly like a breath of fresh air, his first "serious" role since Joe Wright's little-seen The Soloist in 2009.

But what's most disappointing about David Dobkin's drama, which weaves an engaging but hackneyed web of paternal strife and small-town crime, is just how unsurprising every moment of Downey's performance is. He plays city slicker Hank Palmer, »

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Film Review: Inauthentic ‘The Judge’ Guilty of a Stale Confrontation

11 October 2014 4:20 PM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – Here comes “The Judge,” here comes “The Judge.” That 1960s catchphrase gets new meaning in the film featuring Robert Downey Jr. and veteran Robert Duvall, in a angry generational face-off that makes little sense and provides a stiff courtroom drama that felt like bad TV.

Rating: 2.0/5.0

This is supposed to be a platform for two great film actors, Downey and Duvall, to troll for Oscar nominations in a familiar Daddy-doesn’t-love-me-because-he’s-an-angry-guy story. There is nothing authentic about the reasons regarding their disdain for each other, except the type of misunderstandings that could have cleared up with one phone call. The centerpiece courtroom sequence, in which Lawyer Downey must defend Judge Duvall, was the height of fall-into-place narrative convenience, and should never have gone to trial – but the prosecutor character played by Billy Bob Thornton (naturally) has it in for the arrogant Downey. It all concludes with a tacked-on hackneyed ending, »

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'The Judge' (2014) Movie Review

10 October 2014 4:33 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Without the performances of Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall, The Judge would probably end up being a film I would have dismissed outright. Director David Dobkin (Wedding Crashers, The Change-Up) is best known for his comedies, but here he's directing a two hour and twenty minute, Indiana-set, father-son melodrama, working with a script from Nick Schenk (Gran Torino) and Bill Dubuque that was in serious need of trimming from the start. Nevermind the fact the film is largely generic, it's just too long, overstuffed, often repeating scenes and unnecessarily wasting time to add another layer, merely for the sake of drama rather than storytelling. To be fair, Dobkin isn't completely out of his element, he just seems somewhat unsure of himself. The Judge is intensely formulaic, hitting beats at just the "right" time, be they comedic or dramatic, you know something meant for a laugh or a tear is »

- Brad Brevet

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Critical Mass: The jury weighs in on 'The Judge'

10 October 2014 1:27 PM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

Stanley Kubrick believed that casting was 80 percent responsible for the failure or success of a film. Put the right actor—not necessarily the best actor—in the right role, and everything has a way of falling into place. The Judge is a father-son courtroom drama featuring a Jaded Lawyer and an Ornery Coot, and it would be difficult to imagine better choices than Robert Downey Jr., who produced the film with his wife, and Robert Duvall. Downey, in his first real drama since 2009's The Soloist, "plays the closest thing to a real human being he's tackled in ages," writes EW's critic Chris Nashawaty. »

- Jeff Labrecque

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Movie Review: The Judge

10 October 2014 2:00 AM, PDT | CinemaNerdz | See recent CinemaNerdz news »

The Judge is a film that is all about the pain and joy of family – mostly pain. Sure it is also about a prominent local judge in a small town who is accused of murder as well. It is also about how a hot-shot, big city lawyer rides into town to defend the judge (who also happened to be the lawyer’s father) in a backwater district. Mostly though, this film is about family; reconnecting and acceptance of who we all are as people that happen to find ourselves stuck with a group of “others” called family.

The film is directed by David Dobkin who is best known for directing Shanghai Knights (2003), Wedding Crashers (2005), and The Change-Up (2011). The Judge was primarily written by Nick Schenk who wrote Gran Torino (2008) and not too much else, with assistance from Dobkin and Bill Dubuque (this is Dubuque’s first credit).

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The Judge | Review

9 October 2014 9:00 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

I Never Served Time For My Father: Dobkins’ Middling Melodrama

Groaning beneath the weight of its desperate grandstanding for awards consideration, David Dobkins’ The Judge launches a continuous covey of clichés at you as it vacillates between middlebrow familial melodrama, murder mystery, and half-baked courtroom drama. Dobkins is indeed a curious name at the forefront of such material, having rested comfortably in mind numbing studio comedies for the last decade (to be fair, his Wedding Crashers seems to have a sizeable fan base, though the same can’t be said for his last feature, The Change Up, 2011). Not surprisingly, he’s not very adept at crafting this type of material effectively. At a horrendously bloated running time of nearly two hours and twenty minutes, the film could have felt more potentially rewarding sans less cutesy subplots, with a tighter focus on the volatile father/son relationship upon which the crux »

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New Stills and Behind-the-Scene Photos from The Judge Released

8 October 2014 12:22 PM, PDT | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow drama “The Judge” will soon enthrall moviegoers when it comes to theaters Oct. 10. We’ve been given some new stills and behind-the-scenes photos from the film; check out the stills in the gallery below! “The Judge,” is directed by David Dobkin and written by Nick Schenk and Bill Dubuque (with the story by Dobkin and Schenk). The film is chock full of stars, including Robert Downey Jr., Robert Duvall, Vera Farmiga, Billy Bob Thornton, Vincent D’Onofrio, Jeremy Strong, Dax Shepard, Leighton Meester, Ken Howard, Emma Tremblay, Balthazar Getty, David Krumholtz, Sarah Lancaster, Grace Zabriskie and Denis O’Hare. “The Judge” focuses on a lawyer who has  [ Read More ]

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Review: Robert Downey Jr.'s Over Engineered & Slickly Produced 'The Judge'

7 October 2014 4:01 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

They say you can't go home again, but that's not the case for Robert Downey Jr.'s Hank Palmer. His hometown, Carlinville, Indiana, is the kind of place that has a Blueberry Festival banner festooned over its main street, and where everyone seems to be on a first name basis. For Hank, that means the memories, pain, friends and family he left behind for the big city await him unchanged when he returns for his mother's funeral. It's a reunion that he'd rather not have, as he's been long estranged from his siblings and parents, but he'll have to encounter them all when his father, the titular "The Judge" of the film, is accused of murder. With a script by"Gran Torino" screenwriter Nick Schenk and Bill Dubuque, the film is concerned with grizzled and grumpy behavior similar to the Clint Eastwood film, as neither Hank nor Robert Duvall's »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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The Judge is a family affair for Robert Downey Jr.

7 October 2014 8:06 AM, PDT | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

Robert Downey Jr. thinks courtrooms are dull.

That didn't stop the The Avengers leading man from landing on The Judge as the inaugural film from his production company Team Downey, which he formed with his wife, Susan. Other than the 2010 buddy comedyDue Date, the legal family drama marks Downey's first movie in five years that doesn't star the 49-year-old actor as either Iron Man or Sherlock Holmes.

In the film, conceived of and directed by Wedding Crashers filmmaker David Dobkin, Downey plays a Chicago lawyer who returns to his small Indiana hometown to attend his mother's funeral. While there, Downey's stubborn motor-mouth becomes enmeshed in a criminal case involving his more stubborn father, the town's judge, portrayed by Robert Duvall.

"I've done lawyers before and it's like, 'Dude, really? Courtrooms? So boring,'" Downey recently acknowledged over a cup of coffee. "The idea David (Dobkin) had was that a lawyer »

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Robert Downey Jr., Robert Duvall Celebrate at ‘The Judge’ L.A. Premiere

2 October 2014 10:28 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Though Wednesday’s West Coast premiere of Warner Bros.’ “The Judge” took place at the quintessential show business centers of Beverly Hills’ Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and Spago, the evening evoked plenty of small-town nostalgia.

'I grew up in Bethesda, Maryland so I still have a lot of nostalgia for small-town life' – David Dobkin on directing 'The Judge'

— Dave McNary (@Variety_DMcNary) October 2, 2014

The Judge,” set in a fictional Indiana town, was shot last year in the small town of Shelburne Falls, Mass.

Screenwriter Nick Schenk allowed that he and director David Dobkin began work on the project through an odd confluence of events six years ago.

“We kind of bonded over the fact that both of us had lost our mothers and the impact of that on the remaining family members,” Schenk noted.

'I'm from Minnesota which helped give the script that stoic Midwestern tone, »

- Dave McNary

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Win Tickets To The Advance Screening of The Judge in St. Louis

26 September 2014 12:12 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

From Warner Bros. Pictures and Village Roadshow Pictures comes The Judge, which pairs two-time Oscar nominee Robert Downey Jr. and Oscar winner Robert Duvall, starring together for the first time on the big screen. The film also stars Oscar nominee Vera Farmiga and Oscar winner Billy Bob Thornton, and is directed by David Dobkin (“Wedding Crashers”).

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 family he walked away from years before.

The film also features a stellar supporting cast, including Vincent D’Onofrio, Jeremy Strong, Dax Shepard, Leighton Meester, Ken Howard, Emma Tremblay, Balthazar Getty, David Krumholtz, Sarah Lancaster, Grace Zabriskie and Denis O’Hare.

The Judge is being produced by Susan Downey (the “Sherlock Holmes” films), David Dobkin, »

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The Judge review: Downey Jr plays it safe - Toronto Film Festival 2014

15 September 2014 1:00 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Director: David Dobkin; Screenwriter: Nick Schenk; Starring: Robert Downey Jr, Robert Duvall, Vera Farmiga, Vincent D'Onforio; Running time: 141 mins; Certificate: R

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 »

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New Trailer for 'The Judge'

11 September 2014 1:37 PM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

A new trailer has been released for the legal dramedy "The Judge," starring Robert Downey Jr.Robert Duvall, Vera Farmiga, Melissa Leo, Billy Bob Thornton, and Vincent D'Onofrio.

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.

The film is directed by David Dobkin from a screenplay written by Nick Schenk, and Bill Dubuque.

Have a look at the new trailer by using the player below.

"The Judge" will hit theaters on October 10, 2014.

Source: Digital Spy »

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Robert Downey Jr searches for the truth in The Judge trailer

11 September 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

The full trailer for The Judge has been released.

Robert Downey Jr stars in the David Dobkin-directed drama as a hotshot lawyer who returns to his small-town childhood home after his estranged father (Robert Duvall) becomes suspected of murder.

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. »

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The Judge Review [Tiff 2014]

6 September 2014 4:08 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

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. »

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'The Judge' (2014) Movie Review

4 September 2014 8:42 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Without the performances of Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall, The Judge would probably end up being a film I would have dismissed outright. Director David Dobkin (Wedding Crashers, The Change-Up) is best known for his comedies, but here he's directing a two hour and twenty minute, Indiana-set, father-son melodrama, working with a script from Nick Schenk (Gran Torino) and Bill Dubuque that was in serious need of trimming from the start. Nevermind the fact the film is largely generic, it's just too long, overstuffed, often repeating scenes and unnecessarily wasting time to add another layer, merely for the sake of drama rather than storytelling. To be fair, Dobkin isn't completely out of his element, he just seems somewhat unsure of himself. The Judge is intensely formulaic, hitting beats at just the "right" time, be they comedic or dramatic, you know something meant for a laugh or a tear is »

- Brad Brevet

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Tiff Review: 'The Judge' Starring Robert Downey Jr., Robert Duvall And Vera Farmiga

4 September 2014 7:35 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

They say you can't go home again, but that's not the case for Robert Downey Jr.'s Hank Palmer. His hometown, Carlinville, Indiana, is the kind of place that has a Blueberry Festival banner festooned over its main street, and where everyone seems to be on a first name basis. For Hank, that means the memories, pain, friends and family he left behind for the big city await him unchanged when he returns for his mother's funeral. It's a reunion that he'd rather not have, as he's been long estranged from his siblings and parents, but he'll have to encounter them all when his father, the titular "The Judge" of the film, is accused of murder. With a script by"Gran Torino" screenwriter Nick Schenk and Bill Dubuque, the film is concerned with grizzled and grumpy behavior similar to the Clint Eastwood film, as neither Hank nor Robert Duvall's »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Review: Robert Downey Jr. is guilty of being shameless in 'The Judge'

4 September 2014 7:30 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Someone really, really needs a hug from Robert Downey Sr. Written by Nick Schenk, Bill Dubuque, and a blender full of better legal thrillers and family dramas, "The Judge" has been directed by David Dobkin almost entirely in ornate second-unit establishing shots and dramatic entrances. It is an insistent film, and "subtle" isn't even a consideration. This is a movie that will tell you the same piece of information nine times to make a point because it has no faith at all that you will understand it. It also features more endings than "Return Of The King," and it feels like a movie the younger, rowdier Robert Downey Jr. would have made fun of mercilessly. Honestly, as soon as the first scene with Downey played out, I started to worry. There's a trial. He's a big high-powered defense attorney. We meet him standing at a urinal. The opposing counsel, played by David Krumholtz, »

- Drew McWeeny

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Toronto Film Review: ‘The Judge’

4 September 2014 6:00 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Gavels are slammed, tempers are lost and bowels are evacuated with great force in David Dobkin’s “The Judge,” Some elements ring truer than others in this ambitious blend of dysfunctional-family melodrama and legal procedural, but all of them are just about held together by the ferocious onscreen chemistry between two Roberts (Duvall and Downey Jr.), playing an overbearing father and a black-sheep son who find their already tense relationship literally put on trial. Refreshing as it is to see Downey step out of the Iron Man suit for a spell, the jury’s still out on whether an impressive talent roster can draw enough grown-up eyeballs to this overlong, resolutely old-fashioned male weepie, set for release Oct. 10 by Warner Bros.

For all the creakily elaborate Tennessee Williams-meets-John Grisham machinations cooked up by screenwriters Nick Schenk and Bill Dubuque (working from a story by Dobkin and Schenk), “The Judge »

- Justin Chang

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