Sling Blade
Sling Blade (1996)

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.… More

Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: November 27, 1996
DVD Release Date: January 1, 1998
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Critic Score: 96% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: You will see what's coming, but the masterful performances, especially Thornton's, will leave you riveted.

Rita Kempley
Washington Post

A masterpiece of Southern storytelling.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

If there were the slightest justice and curiosity in the Academy Award process, Thornton's work here would get a nomination.

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John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews

Much of the audience appeal relies on the film's simplicity

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

An abundance of long, flat medium shots that rob the film of intimacy and give it a sleepy pace.

Sean P. Means

In Sling Blade, Thornton lays claim to the title of hyphenate of the year.

Emanuel Levy

Marking Billy Bob Thornton's debut as a director and solo writer, Sling Blade is a powerful southern gothic parable about good and evil.

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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

A mesmerizing parable of good and evil and a splendid example of Southern storytelling at its most poetic and imaginative.

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Tom Keogh

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.

Ryan Cracknell
Movie Views

Well acted, a multi-leveled story and a pure honesty make Sling Blade one of my favourite films of the 1990s.

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Flixster Audience Score: 93% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
Its a Hollywood gimme: feature a mentally/physically challenged soul as the central character in a picture and, bingo, Oscar time. And the twist? We learn to… More
Alex roy
Billy Bob Thornton's Sling Blade is a near perfect drama with an incredible cast. Of all his films, this is the best film that I've seen Thornton star… More
Chris Weber
This is the film that made Billy Bob Thornton an icon. He pulls triple duty as the star, writer, and director (his debut in this particular area) of this… More
Clintus Maximus
Billy Bob Thornton's tour-de-force is one of the most memorable movies I've ever seen. It is not a comedy. Although my friends and I love to mimic… More
Dan Schultz
A depressing, arresting character story involving a former killer, who is let back into society once he serves his time. Billy Bob Thornton's incredibly… More
Sanjay Rema
A nice story with a masterful performance by Billy Bob Thornton. The movie is very slowly paced, but an enjoyable watch nonetheless.