The Judge

The Judge

DVD - 2015
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Big-city lawyer Hank Palmer returns to his childhood home where his estranged father, the town's judge, 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.

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voisjoe1_0
Aug 10, 2017

A murder mystery - I felt that this would be a reasonable film to get a chance to see what Robert Duvall is doing lately. I was kinda' disappointed. The film is a mix of comedy and mystery with a very tiny bit of romance. It could have been much better if they had decided to choose mostly between comedy and mystery, but just didn't emphasize either enough to hold my interest. This was probably a lost opportunity at making a significant film.

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ShirleyStoddard
May 26, 2017

WHY CAN'T THEY MOVIES W/ O CUSSING AND SEX -- THEY WOULD BE EXCELLENT MOVIES IF IT WASN'T FOR THAT ~

Robert Downey Jr and Robert Duvall? Does it get any better? Yes it does. You throw in D'Onofrio and add a talented supporting cast. This movie is even better on second viewing. It's just about perfect the way it is, and I wouldn't change a thing. Every detail, every word, every silence, matter. Highly recommend this gripping and moving drama.

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ilovewhippets
May 11, 2016

The Judge character is not believable! While the show has its moments, I did not care for it as a whole! I don't recommend it!

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britprincess1ajax
May 09, 2016

Drawn home after the loss of his mother, Hank Palmer, lawyer and notorious defender of the guilty, is forced to reconcile with his father, a judge. He's harsh and unconventional but well respected. A recovered alcoholic, the honourable judge has an insensitive old-school manner that has maintained a longstanding rift between him and one of his sons, Hank, but when he's accused of the murder of a paroled wife-killer and the town who once loved him turns its back, only Hank can build a case strong enough to fight the charges. We already know this; the trailers told us so. But what they didn't show was how piercingly funny Robert Downey, Jr., can be. We are used to his quips from IRON MAN and he's always had that class-clown style about him, but placing that personality in this dark and dire situation works as if by magic. It shouldn't. The son of the defendant should be fiercely serious, even if he does hate his father. Yet still, Downey's Hank works like a charm. The film isn't perfect, but it's well written and mesmerizing, a perfect balancing act of smart humour and dark grit. It's imperfect, sure, if we want to get technical. I would have made a few different choices here and there. For one, the editors could have cut the footage of the idyllic childhood that Hank had with his mother and two brothers and lost nothing. We know the problem lies not with them, that Hank loved his mother dearly, that they all did. We don't need to see a bunch of tots throwing around the pigskin to contrast with the strained relationship of Hank and his curmudgeon father. That's nit-picking, though. The film itself is strong and underrepresented. Stellar performances, a sharp story, and an unidentifiable artistry make THE JUDGE one of my favourite underrated dramas this year. I recommend it.

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BELohnes
Mar 30, 2016

absolutely a great film. i remember when i first heard that Robert Downy JR. was going to play Ironman, i thought ' why in the world would they want him? but now "He is Ironman" he has done a few other progects and i have loved them all! this film was touching, funny and true. a must see!

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tenet
Mar 25, 2016

Rated 8/10.

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salsun
Mar 16, 2016

This remind me a judge who also died of cancer. Good performance.

wendybird Jan 27, 2016

Like some racehorses, this flick starts slowly and very predictably : ostracized grown son returns home on mom's death, to discover difficult dad needs his assistance. Robert Downey Jr. plays well as the brilliant, self-absorbed attorney son while Robert Duvall does a brave, believable turn as the aging, brittle judge father. Stick with it for the first rather average 20 minutes - it will be worth it.

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CJV072311
Jan 06, 2016

Oh my goodness! Enjoyed and loved it until the end although I wanted to see more!!! A must see movie!

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britprincess1ajax
May 09, 2016

"Where were you two when they were distributing testicles?"

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britprincess1ajax
May 09, 2016

"So Grandpa Palmer's dead, too?"
"No, Grandpa Palmer's dead to me."

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jimg2000
Mar 29, 2015

Judge: Listen to me. Ulysses S. Grant held this country together. Now, what's he remembered for? Being a drunk. Ronald Reagan oversaw the fall of the Berlin Wall, the end of the Cold War. But any discussion of his legacy ends with jelly beans, naps and Alzheimer's.
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Jury (his bumper sticker): Wife and Dog Missing, Reward for Dog.
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Sam: I am never leaving Carlinville. I love it here. And you're just a boy from Indiana...who's gonna do whatever he has to do to pretend that's not true.

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jimg2000
Mar 29, 2015

Hank: Everyone wants Atticus Finch until there's a dead hooker in a bathtub.
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Hank: Did you know 90% of the country believes in ghosts? less than a third in evolution? 35% can correctly identify Homer Simpson's fictional town in which he resides, less than 1% knows the name Thurgood Marshall. But... when you put 12 Americans together in a jury and you ask for justice? Something just South of brilliance happens. Often as not, they get it right.
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Jury (his bumper sticker slogan): Gun control means using both hands.

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ElainaL
Apr 04, 2015

ElainaL thinks this title is suitable for 15 years and over

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