The Judge

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The Judge

David Dobkin (2014)

15 Certificate


Our Score
After ten years playing edgy superheroes and oddballs, Robert Downey Jr returns to the real world with the kind of slick, mainstream Hollywood vehicle he was on track to make in the first place, before sobriety issues bumped him momentarily from the A-list. The good news is that Downey sparkles in the story of a smooth-talking, big-city lawyer who finds himself defending his estranged father (Robert Duvall) - the respected small-town judge of the title - on a hit-and-run murder charge after returning home for his mother's funeral. The bad news is that he (not to mention Duvall) deserves a much better showcase than this, a sentimental father-son story that builds towards, but then fumbles, a potentially gripping courtroom drama, while a cast of heavyweight supports, including an on-form Billy Bob Thornton as the silver-fox prosecuting attorney, stand around with little to do. It bodes well for Downey's post-Iron Man future, but, sadly, in this case, the promised sparks never fly.


A cynical lawyer returns to his home town to attend his mother's funeral, and is reunited with his disapproving estranged father, the local judge. When an ex-convict is killed in a hit-and-run incident, the judge is accused of the crime, and it falls to his son to represent him. Drama, starring Robert Downey Jr, Robert Duvall, Vera Farmiga and Billy Bob Thornton.

Cast & Crew

Hank Palmer Robert Downey Jr
Judge Joseph Palmer Robert Duvall
Samantha Vera Farmiga
Dwight Dickham Billy Bob Thornton
Glen Palmer Vincent D'Onofrio
Dale Palmer Jeremy Strong
CP Kennedy Dax Shepard
Carla Leighton Meester
Judge Warren Ken Howard
Lauren Palmer Emma Tremblay
Deputy Hanson Balthazar Getty
Lisa Palmer Sarah Lancaster
Mike Kattan David Krumholtz
Mrs Blackwell Grace Zabriskie
Doc Morris Dennis O'Hare
Director David Dobkin
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Warner Brothers Entertainment UK LtdGuidance: Swearing, sexual references.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 17 Oct 2014