In Theaters This Weekend: Reviews of 'The Judge,' 'St. Vincent' and More

'The Judge'

And see what THR's critics are saying about the horror film 'Dracula Untold' and the Steve Carell family comedy 'Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day'

An estranged father-son pair, a weary teen and a cranky war vet are heading to theaters this weekend with the releases of The JudgeAlexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day and St. Vincent.

Find out what The Hollywood Reporter's critics are saying about the weekend's new offerings (along with which film will top the weekend's box office).

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The Judge

A lawyer heads home after his dad is accused of murder in director David Dobkin's legal drama. Robert Downey Jr., Robert Duvall, Vera Farmiga and Vincent D'Onofrio star. The film is "well served by intense performances" but "is undercut by obvious note-hitting in the writing and a deliberate pace that drags things out about 20 minutes past their due date," writes THR chief film critic Todd McCarthy in his review.

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

Director Miguel Arteta's film adaptation of the best-selling children's book stars Steve Carell, Jennifer Garner, Bella Thorne and Ed Oxenbould. The story focuses on Alexander and his family having a rough 24-hour span. McCarthy writes in his review that the film "goes down relatively painlessly" and "could have been a lot more horrible and no good."

Dracula Untold 

This origin story of Count Dracula was directed by Gary Shore and stars Luke Evans, Sarah Sadon and Dominic Cooper. THR film critic Frank Scheck writes that the film "delivers little in the way of scares." Read his full review here.

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St. Vincent

Bill Murray, Melissa McCarthy, Naomi Watts and Chris O’Dowd star in writer-director Theodore Melfi's comedy about an alcoholic misanthrope who cares for his neighbor's child. "Murray puts on quite a show," but the film gets "gooey," writes McCarthy in his review

Whiplash

Director Damien Chazelle's drama stars Miles TellerJ.K. Simmons, Melissa Benoist and Paul Reiser in the story of a young drummer working with a strict instructor at a music conservatory. In his review, McCarthy writes that the film "confirms Chazelle as a notable talent" and features Teller "once again impressing as a young man going through the wringer."

Dead Snow: Red vs. Dead (Dod Sno 2) 

The comedy-horror film from director Tommy Wirkola centers on a one-armed man battling Nazi zombies. Martin Starr, Vegar Hoel and Stig Frode Henriksen round out the cast. The sequel to the 2009 original "offers more B-movie fun and gore," according to Boyd van Hoeij's review.

The Houses October Built

Five friends head out to find authentic Halloween scares in the found-footage horror film starring Brandy Schaefer, Zack Andrews and Bobby Roe. Roe also co-wrote and directed. The film was "offhandedly produced and indifferently acted," writes THR film critic Justin Lowe in his review.

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