Miramax Films | Release Date: November 27, 1996 CRITIC SCORE DISTRIBUTION
84
METASCORE
Universal acclaim based on 26 Critics
Positive:
25
Mixed:
1
Negative:
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Who is Billy Bob Thornton? The question fascinates after seeing Sling Blade, the extraordinary first film that he wrote and directed and in which he plays the leading role. [Feb. 10, 1997]
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USA TodayChristopher Sharrett
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" or "The Sweet Hereafter," Sling Blade is devoid of the creature comforts of middle-class life that at least allow people the degraded hobbies that keep them functioning. [May, 1998]
91
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 sentimentality and dread.
90
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.
80
(Thornton) proves his mettle as an actor, writer and director with this bleakly comic and surprisingly tender movie.
80
(Thornton) does a remarkable job in all three categories, but what you're likely to remember most clearly is his performance.
80
TNT RoughCutGary Susman
Thornton has written himself the role of a lifetime, yet he plays Karl with neither condescension nor saintliness.