Sleight Reviews

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May 4, 2017
Sleight... is a minor film with major virtues: tenderness, imagination, and a strong grasp of character and setting.
April 28, 2017
[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
The film lives and dies by Latimore's performance, which is quiet and ever-shifting.
April 28, 2017
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 27, 2017
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.
Top Critic
April 27, 2017
Dillard's not interested in the Zing! Pow! Bam! Sleight is quiet, almost naturalistic, even when Bo is stopping bullets with his bare hand.
May 9, 2019
This could be a star-making turn for Latimore, who is effortlessly engaging in a layered role.
January 9, 2019
This is not a perfect film, but I don't expect that from a superhero film. I want solid characters, convincing acting and solid action. The fact that this film gives all of that while being centered in the black experience makes it a must-see.
December 20, 2018
A bold work of vibrant creativity, a solidly crafted film with a primal grittiness and an intimate, small scale story that's also as clever as hell.
October 31, 2018
It pulls off a balancing act between its grounded drama and some of its more outlandish aspects, concluding with a compelling piece of action filmmaking, the details of which shouldn't be spoiled.
August 20, 2018
In Dillard's Sleight, the use of magic tricks is transformed into a rather clever metaphor for personal power and life-altering transformation that makes this film an exciting thriller with just the right touch of drama.
December 5, 2017
Honestly, Sleight deserves a sequel, as with the origin story out of the way there is room to create something truly bold and refreshing within the oversaturated superhero genre
September 26, 2017
Maybe it doesn't take a production budget north of $100 million to crank out a superhero film these days.
June 20, 2017
I just can't recommend you rush to the theater to see it. This movie feels like a practice run. Hopefully the next collaboration between Dillard and Blumhouse - a "survival horror" called Sweetheart - will be better.
May 18, 2017
Sleight's payoff and take home messages are good enough to mostly forgive its glaring flaws.
May 9, 2017
Sleight is a strong feature debut for Dillard with great moments that tend to pick up the more humdrum bulk of the film. It's definitely uneven, but the glorious, jaw-dropping climax is worth the price of admission alone.
May 5, 2017
Director by J.D. Dillard brings this under-the-radar drama close to genre cliches but deftly avoids them with his strong characters, fine storytelling, and vivid atmosphere.
May 4, 2017
There's more going on here than meets the eye, but Sleight's sleeveless heart beats true and conjures its characters to wild life.
May 3, 2017
Overly familiar drug-dealer-wants-to-get-out plot saddled with a scientifically insupportable gimmick as its solution.
April 30, 2017
For a film at least partially about magic (and, "science-magic"), it lacks a decided bit of that necessary misdirection, and the proceedings are often predictable. Sleight is, well, slight.
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