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Sling Blade Reviews

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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.
May 8, 2002
An abundance of long, flat medium shots that rob the film of intimacy and give it a sleepy pace.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
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 ReviewRead More | Original Score: A
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
January 1, 2000
A fine motion picture.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 13, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
January 1, 2000
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
January 1, 2000
Sling Blade does homage to Psycho without slavishly imitating the memorable parts.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
January 1, 2000
A real gem.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
June 16, 2005
A deep and thoughtful masterpiece - now on director's cut dvd!
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
January 1, 2000
Thornton's performance is riveting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 31, 2002
This riveting character-driven drama is a cautionary tale about the ways in which violence desecrates all life.
May 14, 2003
| Original Score: 4/4
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
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
July 23, 2009
Excellent character study of a mentally challenged person.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
August 1, 2009
Thornton offers a subtle, thoughtful script, generally sensitive direction, and an understated performance, uh-huh.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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
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.
February 15, 2012
Much of the audience appeal relies on the film's simplicity
Full Review | Original Score: B
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