Sling Blade Synopsis
A mentally impaired man (Billy Bob Thornton) with a violent past befriends a boy.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Edward Guthmann
A story that's startling, soulful and absolutely unforgettable.
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100

USA Today

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Sling Blade is about a society barely holding on by its fingernails, the home and hearth hardly a place of respite. Unlike "The Ice Storm"...
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91

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
It's a beautiful contraption of a movie, a gothic backwoods fable that uses its naive yet murderous hero to walk a fine line between...
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88

Chicago Tribune

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Resonates like the best of Southern fiction.
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88

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
There is pain, humor, irony and sweetness in the character, and a voice and manner so distinctive, he is the most memorable movie character...
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87

Mr. Showbiz

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What evolves among them is a kind of realistic fairy tale, sustained by the sweet gravity and guttural, deadpan minimalism of Thornton's...
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75

Baltimore Sun

By Ann Hornaday
Builds slowly but passionately, not dancing to some Hollywood tune, but finding its characters where they are and letting them be who they...
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75

New York Daily News

By Jami Bernard
Billy Bob Thornton wrote, directed and stars in this compassionate, occasionally funny, character-driven movie about a mentally unstable...
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75

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
The narrative is little more than a flimsy envelope -- it's the men and women who are sealed within that make Sling Blade worth watching.
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63

San Francisco Examiner

By Walter Addiego
I can't help thinking, though, that maybe Thornton was too ambitious in trying to wear three hats.
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By brychalfant
It is a cool and funny movie...

Outstanding film, great cast

By redyeah
Billy Bob Thorton's best film is Sling Blade. The movie obviously deals with a lot of complex issues, but makes them a little less 'in your face' due to the great dialogue. The best grunts in film...

By SNLFAN4EVER
I LOVE THIS MOVIE!!!!! :)...

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Rated R
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 16+ Intense family drama with strong language, some violence.
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