Much of the audience appeal relies on the film's simplicity
| Original Score: B
Marking Billy Bob Thornton's debut as a director and solo writer, Sling Blade is a powerful southern gothic parable about good and evil.
Well acted, a multi-leveled story and a pure honesty make Sling Blade one of my favourite films of the 1990s.
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]
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Thornton offers a subtle, thoughtful script, generally sensitive direction, and an understated performance, uh-huh.
| Original Score: 8/10
Excellent character study of a mentally challenged person.
| Original Score: B+
The film's many rewards cannot be described in conventional terms.
There will never be another film like Sling Blade. And I reckon we'll have to live with that... Mmm-mmm.
| Original Score: 5/5
These days Thornton is seen primarily as an actor, but with "Sling Blade" he proved a true auteur.
| Original Score: A+
A deep and thoughtful masterpiece - now on director's cut dvd!
| Original Score: 4/4
...a moving, poignant, humorous, chilling, and melancholic motion picture, with a bravura turn from its writer/director/star.
Sling Blade derives its power from Thornton's affecting characterization of Karl Childers.
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
This riveting character-driven drama is a cautionary tale about the ways in which violence desecrates all life.
A masterpiece of Southern storytelling.
An abundance of long, flat medium shots that rob the film of intimacy and give it a sleepy pace.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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.
a Southern gothic tale of love and redemption that feels at every turn strikingly original
A mesmerizing parable of good and evil and a splendid example of Southern storytelling at its most poetic and imaginative.
In Sling Blade, Thornton lays claim to the title of hyphenate of the year.