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Sleight (2017)

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Critic Consensus: Sleight subverts genre norms, delivering a smart and well-acted -- if ultimately somewhat frustrating -- magical mystery.

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A young street magician (Jacob Latimore) is left to care for his little sister after their parents' passing and turns to illegal activities to keep a roof over their heads. When he gets in too deep, his sister is kidnapped and he is forced to use his magic and brilliant mind to save her.

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All Critics (37) | Top Critics (12)

Sleight... is a minor film with major virtues: tenderness, imagination, and a strong grasp of character and setting.

May 4, 2017 | Full Review…

[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.

April 28, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

The film lives and dies by Latimore's performance, which is quiet and ever-shifting.

April 28, 2017 | Full Review…

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.

April 28, 2017 | Full Review…

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.

April 27, 2017 | Full Review…
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Dillard's not interested in the Zing! Pow! Bam! Sleight is quiet, almost naturalistic, even when Bo is stopping bullets with his bare hand.

April 27, 2017 | Rating: B | Full Review…
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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.

Brendan Nicholls
Brendan Nicholls

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½

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.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

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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.

Gimly M.
Gimly M.

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