Sling Blade
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Sling Blade marked the directorial debut of country singer turned actor Billy Bob Thornton, who also authored the script (expanding George Hickenlooper's acclaimed short Some Folks Call it a Sling Blade) and stars in the picture. Thornton plays Karl Childers, a mildly retarded man who spent most of his life in a mental institution. When Karl was a boy, he was severely mistreated by his abusive father (Robert Duvall). At age 12, Karl found his mother having intercourse with a man who tormented him endlessly; he snapped, flew into a homicidal rage, and killed both individuals by decapitating… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A masterpiece of Southern storytelling."
‑ Rita Kempley, Washington Post
"If there were the slightest justice and curiosity in the Academy Award process, Thornton's work here would get a nomination."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Well acted, a multi-leveled story and a pure honesty make Sling Blade one of my favourite films of the 1990s."
‑ Ryan Cracknell, Movie Views
"Excellent character study of a mentally challenged person."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"These days Thornton is seen primarily as an actor, but with "Sling Blade" he proved a true auteur."
‑ Forrest Hartman, Reno Gazette-Journal
"An abundance of long, flat medium shots that rob the film of intimacy and give it a sleepy pace."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"Much of the audience appeal relies on the film's simplicity"
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
"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]"
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"The film's many rewards cannot be described in conventional terms."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"A deep and thoughtful masterpiece - now on director's cut dvd!"
‑ Emily Blunt, Blunt Review
"A mesmerizing parable of good and evil and a splendid example of Southern storytelling at its most poetic and imaginative."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"Marking Billy Bob Thornton's debut as a director and solo writer, Sling Blade is a powerful southern gothic parable about good and evil."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Thornton offers a subtle, thoughtful script, generally sensitive direction, and an understated performance, uh-huh."
‑ James Plath, Movie Metropolis
"There will never be another film like Sling Blade. And I reckon we'll have to live with that... Mmm-mmm."
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"...a moving, poignant, humorous, chilling, and melancholic motion picture, with a bravura turn from its writer/director/star."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
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