"The Judge," the official opening night film of the 2014
But "The Judge" is also a crowd-pleaser -- funny, suspenseful and sometimes quite moving -- anchored by a number of fine performances, particularly
Reactions from those exiting the cavernous Roy Thomson Hall diverged almost as wildly as some of the movie's jarring tonal shifts. One woman walked out on King Street still dabbing her eyes. Her companion mimed putting a gun to her head and pulling the trigger, though it was unclear whether she was reacting to the film or her friend's tears.
Dobkin introduced the movie and its cast before a near-full house, calling out
Downey definitely believes in "The Judge," his first straight-ahead drama since
For "The Judge" to make headway with the academy, though, it will need a strong commercial run. Last year at Toronto,
Will "The Judge" suffer a similar fate? For the moment, the verdict remains out.