Critic Consensus: Sleight subverts genre norms, delivering a smart and well-acted -- if ultimately somewhat frustrating -- magical mystery.
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Critic Reviews for Sleight
Sleight... is a minor film with major virtues: tenderness, imagination, and a strong grasp of character and setting.
[Latimore] has a magnetic screen presence mixed with a down-to-Earth directness. And while he's got swagger for days, he's just as compelling when his character is quietly contemplating his next move.
The film lives and dies by Latimore's performance, which is quiet and ever-shifting.
Dillard's feature debut squanders its high concept ... and serves up a low-rent, Nickelodeon-lite version of that story, blowing his chance with corny acting, paint-by-numbers plotting, and a dippy score.
A tight tale well-told, with an appealing hero, a direct route to satisfaction, and the ever-present sense that the merest turn toward stylistic extravagance or adventure frippery would sink it.
Audience Reviews for Sleight
The idea of this film was the kicker here and while it keeps the film from being a generic melodrama, it can't survive the simplified storyline. I found this to be one of the better twists on a normal story, this is exactly why indie cinema exists. If I had the opportunity to support this film at the cinema, I wouldn't blink twice and the filmmakers involved have a bright future. The classic in too deep storyline grows a little tiresome, the good natured drug baron is overdone and filmmakers need to shake things up here. Blumhouse wisely got behind this film, indie filmmakers need more producers for these lower end films. 11-11-2017.
A nerd who likes to perform magic tricks ALSO happens to be the friendly neighborhood drug dealer and thief in this story where credibility is stretched even while the presentation is decently okey-dokey. J.D.Dillard writes and directs and might well be going places in the future, but this is and shows all the signs of a starting effort. Can't wait for the next go round though.
Almost everything that happens in Sleight made me think "Oh, this is just like where this happens in that other, better, movie". But the fact that it's original IP overall is refreshing, and just because someone else did it better, doesn't mean Sleight doesn't do it very well.
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