For anyone struggling to get through Peter Bradshaw’s review of The Judge (2014) in The Guardian, here is a rundown of his thoughts on the film – minus bluntly-stated plot details he could have copy-pasted from Wikipedia:
– At no point in the film does anyone use the famous Bible quotation from Matthew 7:1: “judge not, that ye be not judged”
– The film stars Robert Downey Junior and Robert Duvall
– There are plenty of “emotional fireworks” of some kind in the film. Peter also describes it as being “soupy but entertaining”
– Peter believes the film is “obvious Oscar bait”. He imagines what it would be like if, during one scene of intense pathos, the words “Academy Award – for your consideration” were to flash in the bottom right corner of the screen. He makes clear, however, that they do not.
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