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The Judge Review

The Judge Rating: 3/5

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Ratings:2.5/5 Review By: Rajeev Masand Site:CNN IBN
Sitting there witnessing the film unfold over 2 hours and 20 minutes, it's clear there is a crisper, better movie in there somewhere, but director David Dobkin (Shanghai Knights, Wedding Crashers) never stops piling on the clichés, ultimately reducing The Judge to a kind of hokey made-for-television movie. I'm going with two-and-a-half out of five; watch it for Duvall and Downey who breathe life into a mediocre script.
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Ratings:4/5 Review By: Gavin Rasquinha Site: Times Of India (TOI)
The Judge is a great example of meticulously-crafted character portrayals and a film that carefully builds up each of the main characters over the course of its duration., Hank might be the only one with the chops to defend his dad in a court of law, especially when the prosecution's seasoned lawyer Dwight (Thornton) is hell-bent on winning. Concurrently, he also rediscovers his roots and even reconnects with a feisty old flame of his. This is a tale encapsulated simply enough within the deceptively simple parenthesis of a small-town family bonding saga. And of course, Downey and Duvall shine.
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Ratings:3/5 Review By: Paloma Sharma Site: Rediff
With an uncomfortably high number of elements borrowed from an insane amount of places, The Judge is the refined, severely toned down version of basically every Yashraj/Karan Johar movie. This is Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham for Americans.Sure, it won't make you bawl and pledge allegiance to oppressive traditions like karvachauth, it will definitely make you a bit more appreciative of whatever kind of family you have. If you're still sitting here, reading this, wondering whether or not to watch The Judge, I've got two words for you -- Robert, and Robert.
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Ratings:2.5/5 Review By: Shalini Langer Site:Indian Express
Of The Judge’s rare noticeable lines, despite all that banter in court, there is only one worth remembering. When reminded of his avarice, Hank notes, “Everyone wants an Atticus Finch till there’s a dead prostitute in the tub.” Deep? Still trying to figure out that one.
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Ratings:3/5 Review By: BMS Editor Site: Bookmyshow
Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall are the main highlights of the film. Despite the story being predictable, it’s a delight to watch two remarkable actors together on screen. Watch this emotional drama only if you are an ardent fan, and can be tolerant of excessive family drama. VERDICT: A melodramatic story, beautiful locations and Robert Downey Jr. at his best.
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  1. THE JUDGE:
    Robert & Robert make it an interesting watch! Recommended! [4/5]

    Before he excelled in charming us all as the nifty, sharp, flirtatious and witty Tony Stark in the movie-adaptations of the IRON MAN comic series, Robert Downey Jr. has managed quite well donning the cap of a serious actor [Sir Richard Attenborough’s CHAPLIN is the testimony, anyone would swear to respect] surfacing from a numerous ‘Coming of Age’ films. It’s an absolute treat to watch him returning to a plain grounded drama filled with deep dark secrets of a family, relationships holding their own share of protests, outbursts and empathy untold before. And as if one Robert was not enough, Robert Duvall also joins him for absorbingly heartwarming father-son relationship played on screen.

    David Dobkin’s THE JUDGE is about Hank Palmer [Robert the junior] a sure and secured attorney finding himself mostly on the sides of the guilty as he vouches for himself, “The innocents can’t afford me”. With a marriage on the threshold of divorce and a pretty smart daughter by his side, Hank’s life takes him back to his native place where his Judge father [Robert the senior] is fighting hard with life after his wife’s death. Hank has hardly any regards for the place that doesn’t have a thing for any change but the current state of affairs leads him to the state of uncertainties, in terms of his leaving the place. The Judge is under scan by local police for murdering one of the convicts, he shares his past with.

    THE JUDGE works well with characters that never shed their skin for once and still keep you engaged with a constant hint of surprise in every emotion. Hank is smart, self-assured and an everyday guy who doesn’t want to get confined into a place where his father is actually known to be firm, strict and honest about his morals. This old man has been serving the law for over 40 years now and no matter if he’s on the other side, still doesn’t want to comprise with truth and cooperate with his own son trying every trick of the trade to save his father’s life. Now, the emotions are real heavy and could have been misjudged for a melodramatic tint to it but thanks to the practically sensible approach and the clear air of the characterization, you find an invariable expression of smile on your face for the most.

    Robert Downey Jr. intrigues the viewers with his charismatic and confident presence on screen and yes, the witty one-liners he mouths perfectly are worth giggling. Robert Duvall as a morally moody old man gives us a hypnotic performance you want to take away with yourself to appreciate long after leaving the theatre. The frames with both the Roberts together are the most enjoyable scenes. Be it the courtroom scene where they both bring out their deepest emotions towards each other, the bathroom sequence with son helping his aging father trying to wash him or the scenes they confront each other’s point of reference in law and life are amazing!

    Vera Farmiga as Hank’s ex-girlfriend shines in a comparatively short role. Emma Themblay impresses as Hank’s daughter who very innocently informs his father, “Mothers get lonely. Fathers don’t. Fathers marry young Mommies”. Overall, THE JUDGE should find a definite viewer in you if you truly believe in emotions we hardly share with our family. As for Hank in the film, this would be a nice, feel-good, emotional homecoming to you also! What better occasion than this festive season! Go for It! [4/5]

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  2. thanks gaurav,i am going for this movie after reading your review.keep it up man..

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