Sling Blade Reviews

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October 30, 2019
Stretched over 141 minutes, and threaded with humor, it is remarkably spare and simple, a slow movie about a slow man-Forrest Gump Unplugged.
February 15, 2012
Much of the audience appeal relies on the film's simplicity
September 7, 2011
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.
August 28, 2009
Well acted, a multi-leveled story and a pure honesty make Sling Blade one of my favourite films of the 1990s.
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]
August 1, 2009
Thornton offers a subtle, thoughtful script, generally sensitive direction, and an understated performance, uh-huh.
July 23, 2009
Excellent character study of a mentally challenged person.
September 17, 2005
The film's many rewards cannot be described in conventional terms.
September 7, 2005
There will never be another film like Sling Blade. And I reckon we'll have to live with that... Mmm-mmm.
July 15, 2005
These days Thornton is seen primarily as an actor, but with "Sling Blade" he proved a true auteur.
June 16, 2005
A deep and thoughtful masterpiece - now on director's cut dvd!
June 3, 2005
...a moving, poignant, humorous, chilling, and melancholic motion picture, with a bravura turn from its writer/director/star.
July 1, 2004
Sling Blade derives its power from Thornton's affecting characterization of Karl Childers.
May 14, 2003
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 ...
August 31, 2002
This riveting character-driven drama is a cautionary tale about the ways in which violence desecrates all life.
August 13, 2002
May 9, 2002
May 8, 2002
A masterpiece of Southern storytelling.
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