Sleight (2017)

A young street magician (Jacob Latimore) is left to care for his little sister after their parents' passing and turns to illegal activities to keep a roof over their heads. When he gets in too deep, his sister is kidnapped and he is… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: April 28, 2017
DVD Release Date: August 1, 2017
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Critic Score: 72% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Sleight subverts genre norms, delivering a smart and well-acted -- if ultimately somewhat frustrating -- magical mystery.

Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader

Sleight... is a minor film with major virtues: tenderness, imagination, and a strong grasp of character and setting.

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Peter Debruge

Dillard's feature debut squanders its high concept ... and serves up a low-rent, Nickelodeon-lite version of that story, blowing his chance with corny acting, paint-by-numbers plotting, and a dippy score.

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Staci Layne Wilson
Dread Central

I just can't recommend you rush to the theater to see it. This movie feels like a practice run. Hopefully the next collaboration between Dillard and Blumhouse - a "survival horror" called Sweetheart - will be better.

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Christy Lemire

[Latimore] has a magnetic screen presence mixed with a down-to-Earth directness. And while he's got swagger for days, he's just as compelling when his character is quietly contemplating his next move.

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Robert Abele

A tight tale well-told, with an appealing hero, a direct route to satisfaction, and the ever-present sense that the merest turn toward stylistic extravagance or adventure frippery would sink it.

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Clint Cutchins
Film Inquiry

Sleight's payoff and take home messages are good enough to mostly forgive its glaring flaws.

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Emily Yoshida
New York Magazine/Vulture

The film lives and dies by Latimore's performance, which is quiet and ever-shifting.

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Amy Nicholson

Dillard's not interested in the Zing! Pow! Bam! Sleight is quiet, almost naturalistic, even when Bo is stopping bullets with his bare hand.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Common Sense Media

Director by J.D. Dillard brings this under-the-radar drama close to genre cliches but deftly avoids them with his strong characters, fine storytelling, and vivid atmosphere.

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Flixster Audience Score: 55% Flixster User Reviews
K Nife Churchkey
It is surprising to see this not being talked about more. The fact that it was done on a budget of $250,000 and anybody even knew that it is out is a miracle in… More
EpicLadySponge the Adventurer
If I was probably thinking what normally everyone would be thinking, maybe Sleight would have received another chance and gained a higher score, but my opinion… More
Ian Walker
I thought this was very enjoyable. The characters were believable and you actually started sympathising for them. This is worth checking out if you want… More