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Levity (2003)



Average Rating: 5.3/10
Reviews Counted: 89
Fresh: 31 | Rotten: 58

Levity could really use some, as it's weighted down by dour self-importance and a heavy-handed message.


Average Rating: 4.9/10
Critic Reviews: 32
Fresh: 9 | Rotten: 23

Levity could really use some, as it's weighted down by dour self-importance and a heavy-handed message.



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Action comedy screenwriter Ed Solomon switches gears to psychological drama for his feature film directing debut, Levity. Manual Jordan (Billy Bob Thornton) gets released after doing 23 years in prison for accidentally killing a kid during an attempted robbery. Not having any place to go as a free man, he returns to the town where he committed the crime in hopes of seeking salvation. He ends up in a community center where he meets pastor Miles Evans (Morgan Freeman), who helps him out with


Mystery & Suspense, Drama

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Aug 26, 2003

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All Critics (95) | Top Critics (34) | Fresh (31) | Rotten (58) | DVD (16)

In the end the film is undone by an overload of cliches, and by a gravity that never lets up.

July 11, 2003 | Comment (1)
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Slow and satisfying.

June 27, 2003 Full Review Source: Denver Post
Denver Post
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An unrelentingly morose quest for redemption, one that leans too heavily on stock characters and tends to wander in odd directions.

June 19, 2003
Arizona Republic
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This is a lovely film about redemption and guilt.

May 16, 2003 Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle
Houston Chronicle
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The characters in the well-meaning drama resemble symbols rather than people, while the storyline seeks mighty truths that remain evasive.

May 15, 2003 Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News
Dallas Morning News
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The characters are well drawn.

May 15, 2003 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Little touch of style is enough to compensate for the lack of substance in Levity.

March 18, 2005 Full Review

... a bit heavy on talk and light on action, the film grapples with tough issues at the soul-level, instead of selling us feel-good lies or cynicism.

December 6, 2004
Looking Closer

Worth seeing for the visuals and the performances, but as drama it's maddening.

November 3, 2004 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

"Levity's complications, however, do not stick in your throat - they slumber in your stomach"

August 31, 2004 Full Review

Why do filmmakers continue to let Billy Bob Thornton sleepwalk through their productions?

April 30, 2004 Full Review Source: Las Vegas CityLife

This meandering movie rises and falls depending on each individual storyline.

November 5, 2003
Creative Loafing

This is one of those films that seems to mistake lack of dialogue for meaningful silence and has every line delivered as if it were the most important thing ever said.

September 6, 2003
Las Vegas Weekly

The whole thing could use some air, a bit of light and a little levity.

August 21, 2003
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Smart cinema for folks who like to think for themselves rather than be spoon-fed by over-eager filmmakers.

August 12, 2003 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

Levity surely was made by people who wear lots of black, drink way too much expensive coffee and spend endless hours debating What It All Means.

August 2, 2003 Full Review Source: Des Moines Register
Des Moines Register

Suffocates under its own good intentions and inexorable sense of doom.

July 16, 2003 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

It's probably impossible for a movie featuring Thornton, Freeman, Dunst and Hunter to be bad or uninteresting, and Levity is neither.

July 11, 2003
Philadelphia Daily News

Like pretty much everything else in Levity, [Thornton's] an earnest, faultlessly compassionate bore.

July 8, 2003 Full Review Source: eye WEEKLY

One of those movies that is so completely, aggressively mediocre that it almost makes you angry.

June 20, 2003 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

To get so little energy from such talented actors is an act for which Solomon should seek redemption.

June 20, 2003 Full Review Source: Salt Lake Tribune
Salt Lake Tribune

It's all very portenous and symbolic and Meaningful, and everyone's so very aware of what an Important Film this is meant to be.

June 12, 2003 Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher
Flick Filosopher

While this would have made an incredible 45-minute short, the film tries to cover too much territory, being diverted by its subplots.

May 30, 2003 Full Review Source:

Audience Reviews for Levity


Manual Jordan has gotten parole from a life sentence for the murder of Abner Easley, and returns to the city he lived in to try to seek redemption. He ends up living and working at a community house run by a preacher, Miles Evans. Manual also becomes friends with Adele Easley, his victims sister, in an attempt to make up for what he did. While working at the home he has interactions with Sofia Mellinger, the druggie daughter of a famous singer, struggling with the lack of adult guidance in her life.

It's a slow story, but the character's keep it interesting enough. Not the greatest movie done by any of these actors, yet worth the watch. The movie is simple. No twists and turns. Just a story playing out with some decent acting. Nothing to special. Some people may get bored with it, cause of how slow the movie is. But stick with it. Maybe you will see something in it I didn't. Billy Bob Thornton was good in this movie along with Freeman, and Hunter. I was unimpressed with Kirsten Dunst's role. I just found her annoying. I like her acting though. Just not in this movie. Maybe seeing it a second time around would change my mind, but I don't know if I want to sit through it again.
January 7, 2010

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Thoughtful and compelling, Levity is an insightful drama that explores some deep issues. The story follows a convict that's seeking redemption and is taken in by a street preach who runs a shelter. Billy Bob Thornton, Morgan Freeman, Holly Hunter, and Kirsten Dunst lead the cast and give strong performances. The film is quite introspective and approaches its material in an unusual manner; which gives it a refreshing tone. Some of the character plots are underdeveloped, but overall the writing's pretty good. Though it's not completely successful, Levity is a smart and well-crafted film that has some rich storytelling.
March 24, 2013
Dann Michalski

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This was a great story and if it was a book, it would have been amazing. As a movie however it was a bit slow.
June 9, 2010

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