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Sling Blade Reviews

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Dwight Garner
January 1, 2000
By its midpoint, however, Thornton has begun forcing both the film's poetry and the preternatural goodness of its simple-minded protagonist, and Sling Blade's sweet charms begin to curdle.
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
May 8, 2002
An abundance of long, flat medium shots that rob the film of intimacy and give it a sleepy pace.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
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 ...
Full Review| Original Score: A
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
If there were the slightest justice and curiosity in the Academy Award process, Thornton's work here would get a nomination.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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James Berardinelli
January 1, 2000
A fine motion picture.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
August 13, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
January 1, 2000
| Original Score: 3/4
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee
January 1, 2000
Sling Blade does homage to Psycho without slavishly imitating the memorable parts.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Christopher Null
January 1, 2000
A real gem.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
Emily Blunt
Blunt Review
June 16, 2005
A deep and thoughtful masterpiece - now on director's cut dvd!
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Rob Blackwelder
January 1, 2000
Thornton's performance is riveting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
August 31, 2002
This riveting character-driven drama is a cautionary tale about the ways in which violence desecrates all life.
Jeanne Aufmuth
Palo Alto Weekly
May 14, 2003
| Original Score: 4/4
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
June 3, 2005
...a moving, poignant, humorous, chilling, and melancholic motion picture, with a bravura turn from its writer/director/star.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
September 7, 2005
There will never be another film like Sling Blade. And I reckon we'll have to live with that... Mmm-mmm.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
July 23, 2009
Excellent character study of a mentally challenged person.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
James Plath
Movie Metropolis
August 1, 2009
Thornton offers a subtle, thoughtful script, generally sensitive direction, and an understated performance, uh-huh.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Sling Blade takes you down paths full of primitive, almost biblical implications, but it also finds comic relief in moments of palpable tension.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Michael Atkinson
November 12, 2001
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.
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
February 15, 2012
Much of the audience appeal relies on the film's simplicity
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Todd McCarthy
July 23, 2008
Mark R. Leeper
January 1, 2000
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 26, 2006
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Derek Adams
Time Out
June 24, 2006
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
January 1, 2000
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
April 9, 2005
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
November 6, 2002
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Urban Cinefile
January 1, 2000
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer
October 15, 2002

Boston Phoenix
March 24, 2002
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Washington Post
May 9, 2002

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June 5, 2002
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