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Robert Downey Jr. can do anything he wants these days… which raises the troubling question of why "The Judge" is what he wanted to do. This is a case of a script that wants to be all things to all audiences. It wants to be a light and often funny picture about a jerk lawyer having a moral awakening. It wants to be a tear-jerker about the reconciliation of a stubborn son and his even more stubborn father. It wants to be a courtroom thriller about a lawyer defending his own father's life. But it's not funny, it's too clumsy to jerk even a single tear, and as thrillers go, it's the opposite of thrilling. It feels like the studio dumped four scripts in a blender and then threw it all at the screen, and it simply can't hang on the Downey's charisma to somehow prop up what never worked on the page.