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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.
Drama - This is a courtroom drama aimed at adult moviegoers. Fans of stars
Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall will especially enjoy this
serious dramatic showcase for them both. Constant language and adult
subject matter may make this too strong for kids, who would not be
Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Above Average Due to its unwillingness to do the heavy lifting necessary to explore true emotions, The Judge provides a lesser telling of this same basic story.
Roger EbertFull Review Above Average Dobkin's persistence has paid off in certain ways, mainly because it provides both its leads with an arena in which to occasionally show off their strengths.
USA TodayFull Review Average It's well-acted, with some occasional moments of clever dialogue, but the story is plodding, predictable and tension-free. If the essential premise doesn't work, it doesn't matter what terrific actors are cast.
Entertainment WeeklyFull Review Good 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 emotionally engaging story about fathers and sons played, like a duet, by two virtuoso actors who give the film not only all they have but probably more than it requires.
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
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Based on a theater exit polling of 118 moviegoers:
TEENS: Two males loved it and two felt it was just an "average" movie. Both the ladies loved it.
TWENTYSOMETHINGS: Three males loved "The Judge" and one rated it "average." The lone female loved it.
ADULTS: GREAT REVIEWS! Both the males and females REALLY ENJOYED "THE JUDGE." Over half indicated that they loved it. Twenty-percent of the males and 10% of the females were slightly disappointed, giving it a review of "average."