Steve Daly
December 15, 1995 AT 05:00 AM EST

Judge Dredd

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
96 minutes
performer
Armand Assante, Sylvester Stallone, Joan Chen, Ian Dury, Diane Lane, Rob Schneider, Max von Sydow
director
Danny Cannon
author
Steven E. De Souza, William Wisher Jr.
genre
ActionAdventure

We gave it a C-

As a futuristic dystopian executioner given to bellowing, ”I am the law!” every five minutes, Sylvester Stallone swaggers through the rest of his lines in Judge Dredd as if they were Schwarzenegger-style bon mots. But there’s nary a true riposte in this entire half-slapstick, half-supergrisly comic-book adaptation, which has the overpumped actor mostly obscured by cheesy costumes and a helmet that leaves only his nerve-damaged upper lip showing. At least in theaters there was plenty of exploding scenery for you to watch. But with the original wide-screen images chopped almost in half to fit television screens, only talking heads remain, and your VCR thus visits crippling injustices on a movie that’s a weak case to begin with. C-

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