• The Judge (2014)

The Judge

Release Date: October 14th, 2014

R |2 hr 21 min

Plot Summary

Hank Palmer (Robert Downey Jr.), a brilliant but shady attorney, returns to his Indiana hometown after learning that his mother has passed away. His arrival triggers renewed tension between himself and his father, Judge Joseph Palmer (Robert Duvall), who makes no secret of his disapproval of Hank's morally ambiguous career. As the lawyer prepares to depart, his father is arrested for a hit-and-run death. Hank takes on his father's defense, despite the objections of the resentful old man.

Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Robert Duvall, Vera Farmiga, Billy Bob Thornton, Vincent D'Onofrio, Jeremy Strong, Dax Shepard, Leighton Meester

Director: David Dobkin

Genres: Drama

Production Co: Big Kid Pictures, Team Downey

Distributors: Warner Bros. Pictures

Keywords: Father, Emotional, Relationships, Daughter, 2010s, Gripping, Police officer, Mystery, Love, Pursuit, House, Car

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Ratings & Reviews

  • 50
    Inkoo KangTheWrap

    The Judge is tailor-made for Downey's gift for delivering a quippy, arrogant put-down like he's doing his target a favor. Hank's anti-heroism is a refreshing splash of lemon juice with an occasional spritz of sour vinegar. But much of director David Dobkin‘s cynically cloying legal and family drama goes down like a lump of aspartame. show more

  • 25
    Jordan HoffmanFilm.com

    “Expendables 3” has fewer nauseating clichés than The Judge. show more

  • 50
    Todd McCarthyThe Hollywood Reporter

    The Judge is well served by intense performances from stars Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall, but is undercut by obvious note-hitting in the writing and a deliberate pace that drags things out about twenty minutes past their due date. show more

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Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2015)
Nominated Actor in a Supporting Role