Karl Childers (Thornton) has recently been released from a mental hospital where he has been hospitalized since the age of twelve after murdering his mother and her lover. He becomes friends with Frank Wheatley (Lucas Black) and is mother Linda (Natalie Canerday), but he encounters past demons upon meeting Linda's abusive boyfriend Doyle Hargraves (Dwight Yoakam).
I liked Thornton's work, but I thought the movie itself was a tad boring. It was interesting for the first few couple of minutes, then I lost interest after a while. But that doesn't mean I'm not recommending Sling Blade. It's good but not great.
My Rating: ****