Sling Blade Reviews

September 7, 2011
May 9, 2002
May 8, 2002
A masterpiece of Southern storytelling.
May 8, 2002
An abundance of long, flat medium shots that rob the film of intimacy and give it a sleepy pace.
February 14, 2001
A mesmerizing parable of good and evil and a splendid example of Southern storytelling at its most poetic and imaginative.
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.
January 1, 2000
A fine motion picture.
January 1, 2000
All the actors in Sling Blade do magnificent work, but it's Thornton who stays with you for days.
January 1, 2000
If there were the slightest justice and curiosity in the Academy Award process, Thornton's work here would get a nomination.
January 1, 2000
[Thornton] does wonders with Yoakam, who could have played a standard villain but always manages to suggest a man trapped within his prejudices.
January 1, 2000
The lure of Sling Blade is both elemental and hauntingly familiar, and I would not be surprised if Thornton's breakthrough film is one day considered a classic in its own right.
January 1, 2000
In Sling Blade, Thornton lays claim to the title of hyphenate of the year.
January 1, 2000
January 1, 2000
[Thornton] performance is so good that his directing may be slighted.
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.
November 27, 1996