YMMV / Dredd

  • Anti-Climax Boss:
    • The female Judge on Ma-Ma's payroll believes she can catch Anderson by surprise regardless of who finds who first, but didn't know Anderson was a psychic and could see through any deception. She gets gunned down unceremoniously the instant they meet up.
    • Ma-Ma's second in command, who is shown as a formidable opponent, is defeated offscreen by Dredd and is then casually thrown off a balcony in front of Ma-Ma.
    • Ma-Ma arms herself, before Dredd enters her room, with an explosive charge that will detonate if she dies, but Dredd simply gut-shoots her, doses her with Slo-Mo, and throws her to her death.
  • Complete Monster: Madeline "Ma-Ma" Madrigal is the de facto ruler of the Peach Trees apartment complex and the biggest and most aggressive drug lord spreading the Slo-Mo drug, which slows the user's perception of time, throughout Mega-City One. Her meteoric ascent to power in Peach Trees is noted as unprecedented for its sheer senseless carnage and bloodshed, as she and her followers slaughtered their way to the top (ironically by taking the top first, then slaughtering their way down the block) with a Slasher Smile on her face. She is introduced having several rival gangsters skinned alive, then thrown out a very long drop after being given Slo-Mo to draw out their deaths. When the Judges arrive to investigate and capture one of her chief lieutenants, Ma-Ma has the Peach Trees complex shut down to trap Dredd and his trainee inside to silence any witnesses. She has no compunction about any civilians getting caught in the crossfire, to the point that she opens fire into an apartment block with gatling guns to kill the two judges. Dredd, a trigger-happy Knight Templar himself, notes just how overkill this is. We later learn that she personally carved out the eyes of her lead techie to forcefully give him cybernetic implants and playfully threatens to gut him while issuing orders. The captured lieutenant is later returned to her, and she only refrains from killing him because she's running low on men at that point. She finally arranges to blow up half the complex, with a population of thousands, by detonating a bomb tied to her heart rate.
  • Critical Dissonance: The film didn't do so well at the box office despite its positive reception, but its managed to gain quite a following on video, a spin off comic set in the film's version of the universe and even fans making a petition to help greenlight a sequel.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: The Clan Techie. While quite underrated and a bit-part at best in the movie, he's played by Domhnall Gleeson, who went on to star in quite a few high-profile movies after 'Dredd''. The Clan Techie has garnered a small fanbase as a result.
  • Jerkass Woobie: In this comic, Ma-Ma was surprisingly enough, portrayed sympathetically as a prostitute trying to escape the grim life of streets at least until she snaps when her friend is tortured and murdered.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • "Perps were ... uncooperative," and variations of it.
    • "I am the law." Obviously.
    • "[Insert random comment] is an automatic fail."
    • Posters of upcoming sequels to subpar films that came out after Dredd accompanied by a picture of Dredd scowling have become quite popular on the "Make a DREDD Sequel" Facebook page.
    • Judge Dredd is not amused.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Ma-Ma crosses it for some in the audience in her very first scene, in which she orders a trio of drug dealers Flayed Alive. She crosses it for everyone else when she callously massacres an entire floor of innocent people just to kill the two protagonist Judges. Which she fails at doing.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks: Some fans voiced dislike of the film thanks to the helmet being bigger and the smaller Eagle (the shoulderpads). It should be noted though, that some early stories had smaller shoulder pads Depending on the Artist.
  • The Woobie: The Clan Techie, who had his eyes gouged out by Ma-Ma with her own hands, had them replaced with cybernetic ones and is threatened with death or torture if he fails. Or if she's bored. Thank god Anderson let him go.