Sling Blade Reviews

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John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
February 15, 2012
Much of the audience appeal relies on the film's simplicity
Full Review | Original Score: B
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
July 22, 2011
Marking Billy Bob Thornton's debut as a director and solo writer, Sling Blade is a powerful southern gothic parable about good and evil.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Ryan Cracknell
Movie Views
August 28, 2009
Well acted, a multi-leveled story and a pure honesty make Sling Blade one of my favourite films of the 1990s.
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
August 12, 2009
Thornton brings three key ingredients to the table: distinctive, rich, authentic Southern locations, patient and painterly atmosphere, and a precise and fresh character to study. [Blu-ray]
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
James Plath
Movie Metropolis
August 1, 2009
Thornton offers a subtle, thoughtful script, generally sensitive direction, and an understated performance, uh-huh.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
July 23, 2009
Excellent character study of a mentally challenged person.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com
September 17, 2005
The film's many rewards cannot be described in conventional terms.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
September 7, 2005
There will never be another film like Sling Blade. And I reckon we'll have to live with that... Mmm-mmm.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Forrest Hartman
Reno Gazette-Journal
July 15, 2005
These days Thornton is seen primarily as an actor, but with "Sling Blade" he proved a true auteur.
| Original Score: A+
Emily Blunt
Blunt Review
June 16, 2005
A deep and thoughtful masterpiece - now on director's cut dvd!
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
June 3, 2005
...a moving, poignant, humorous, chilling, and melancholic motion picture, with a bravura turn from its writer/director/star.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Judith Egerton
Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)
July 1, 2004
Sling Blade derives its power from Thornton's affecting characterization of Karl Childers.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
November 1, 2002
There is almost nothing slipshod about the film and I suspect that it will only seem more impressive the further we get from the flurry of hype ...
| Original Score: A
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
August 31, 2002
This riveting character-driven drama is a cautionary tale about the ways in which violence desecrates all life.
Top Critic
Rita Kempley
Washington Post
May 8, 2002
A masterpiece of Southern storytelling.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Top Critic
Janet Maslin
New York Times
May 8, 2002
An abundance of long, flat medium shots that rob the film of intimacy and give it a sleepy pace.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Michael Atkinson
Movieline
November 12, 2001
This may not make the film a party renter, but in a tired indie world of guns, goatees and slack urban romance, it's the razor-sharp real thing.
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
February 27, 2001
a Southern gothic tale of love and redemption that feels at every turn strikingly original
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Top Critic
Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
February 14, 2001
A mesmerizing parable of good and evil and a splendid example of Southern storytelling at its most poetic and imaginative.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Top Critic
Sean Means
Film.com
January 1, 2000
In Sling Blade, Thornton lays claim to the title of hyphenate of the year.
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