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: 73% 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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Robert Kojder
Flickering Myth

Honestly, Sleight deserves a sequel, as with the origin story out of the way there is room to create something truly bold and refreshing within the oversaturated superhero genre

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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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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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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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Clint C.
Film Inquiry

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

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Flixster Audience Score: 53% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
A nerd who likes to perform magic tricks ALSO happens to be the friendly neighborhood drug dealer and thief in this story where credibility is stretched even… More
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
Gimly M.
Almost everything that happens in Sleight made me think "Oh, this is just like where this happens in that other, better, movie". But the fact that… 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
Brendan Nicholls
The idea of this film was the kicker here and while it keeps the film from being a generic melodrama, it can't survive the simplified storyline. I found… 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