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½ July 22, 2016
Really touching film. With a fantastic performance all around.
July 15, 2016
Superb acting by all, but especially Billy Bob Thornton.
July 11, 2016
Amazing movie to watch. I never get tired of it.
½ June 18, 2016
Good turn by Dwight Yoakam as a guy with anger problems, he did it well. Almost. . .TOO WELL?! No. The movie falls apart briefly in the last 15 or so minutes with the musical montage of Thornton sharpening his blade, mm hm, reckon he's fixin' to do some killin'. By this point we understand that Karl is a basically good guy, messed in the head a little but not a monster, we didn't need the epilogue with the freak in the hospital, that was a step too far in the depressing department.
½ June 6, 2016
Thorton does an astounding job in front of and behind the camera
May 30, 2016
This is the movie that turned Billy Bob Thornton from a good actor to a great actor.
Thornton stars as a character named Karl Childers, a shy, lonely, retarded man who has been in a mental hospital most of his lie for killing his mother and her lover. After being released he quickly finds a job as a mechanic for lawn mowers and befriends a 12 year old boy Frank. Frank and Karl instantly hit it off and after some time Karl moves in and lives in Frank and his mothers garage. Karl soon learns about Franks mothers abusive boyfriend. "Doyle", is a drunk construction worker who doesn't tolerate anyone but himself.

Early on in the movie Frank tells his mother that he loves Karl and even quotes "I love the way he talks". And thats what you get when you watch the movie. He is one of the more unforgettable characters in recent memory. Not only is it his voice, there is something about his demeanor and the way he walks. He is a simple kind man at heart.Thornton does an excellent job of not only playing the character but also directing and writing the movie. There are some shots in the movie that are breathtaking and riveting.

In some ways i wish there were more people like Karl Childers in the world
May 30, 2016
This is the movie that turned Billy Bob Thornton from a good actor to a great actor.
Thornton stars as a character named Karl Childers, a shy, lonely, retarded man who has been in a mental hospital most of his lie for killing his mother and her lover. After being released he quickly finds a job as a mechanic for lawn mowers and befriends a 12 year old boy Frank. Frank and Karl instantly hit it off and after some time Karl moves in and lives in Frank and his mothers garage. Karl soon learns about Franks mothers abusive boyfriend. "Doyle", is a drunk construction worker who doesn't tolerate anyone but himself.

Early on in the movie Frank tells his mother that he loves Karl and even quotes "I love the way he talks". And thats what you get when you watch the movie. He is one of the more unforgettable characters in recent memory. Not only is it his voice, there is something about his demeanor and the way he walks. He is a simple kind man at heart.Thornton does an excellent job of not only playing the character but also directing and writing the movie. There are some shots in the movie that are breathtaking and riveting.

In some ways i wish there were more people like Karl Childers in the world.
May 24, 2016
Excellent portrayals of extensive characters make for a great study.
May 23, 2016
Wonderful movie all around just wonderful
May 16, 2016
Pretty good movie. A mentally retarded man gets out of jail and joins life again. He meets a young boy who becomes friends with him and takes him in with his mom. John Ritter also works in this movie-He plays the boy's mom's gay friend. The boy's stepdad is a real jerk to everyone and well you'll have to see the rest to see what happens. At first it got annoying the way the special guy talks but then I got used to it. Excellent film..highly recommend :)
May 14, 2016
"I like them French fried potaters"
½ May 2, 2016
Predictable from the start, and a struggle to sit though, but Thorton and Black's chemistry give you something to talk about.
½ April 21, 2016
Pretty darn good flick and one of best acted movies of all time!
April 9, 2016
One of the best, ever.
March 18, 2016
I don't know what was more amazing, Thorton's direction or his portrayal of Karl. Spectacular film making. Ritter as a supporting actor also turns in an amazingly strong performance as does the rest of the cast. Using movies that are this heavy handed with foreshadowing fall a bit flat/flatter, but Slingblade isn't hampered by letting you see what's coming in the least. Which is also sad because it means the film didn't need to go down the tragic road it does to have the impact it does; it's so strong and complete it could have been a predictable feel good formula film and still felt just as worthwhile with a sappy and happy ending instead of the sad and dark one it foretells from the bear beginning.
½ March 14, 2016
Good storytelling. Terrible message.
March 1, 2016
Mostly exists as a way of showing how wildly talented Billy Bob Thornton is in every single aspect of filmmaking he's ever attempted.
February 21, 2016
"Sling Blade" may be fairly predictable, but its also a potent, heartfelt drama with a restrained, brilliant performance from Billy Bob Thornton.
½ February 13, 2016
Biscuits and mustard. This is a great movie and a wonderful performance by Billy bob. not sure if he went full retard or not but it works
½ January 23, 2016
Moral quandary. Is his decision right?
Psychological dependencies. and everyone is a little "off" here in an interesting enough way.
"he lives inside of his own heart. That's an awful big place to live in."
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