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Robert Downey Jr is a hotshot Chicago lawyer who defends guilty people for a living. Robert Duvall plays his father, a slightly cranky small-town judge with a short fuse and old-fashioned ideas

A case of bad judgement

The Judge, about a prodigal son's homecoming, shows early promise but somehow doesn't quite ring true. The verdict: cliched and melodramatic.
Oct 17, 2014 5:50 AM

HANK Palmer is smug, successful and saddled with the same sense of self-satisfied entitlement that usually accompanies someone who is about to take a fall. The Judge, a slow moving drama about family dysfunction, painful truths and recalibrating relationships, shows early promise but the good