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Levity (2003)



Critic Consensus: Levity could really use some, as it's weighted down by dour self-importance and a heavy-handed message.

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Action comedy screenwriter Ed Solomon switches gears to psychological drama for his feature film directing debut, Levity. Manual Jordan (Billy Bob Thornton) gets released after doing 23 years in prison for accidentally killing a kid during an attempted robbery. Not having any place to go as a free man, he returns to the town where he committed the crime in hopes of seeking salvation. He ends up in a community center where he meets pastor Miles Evans (Morgan Freeman), who helps him out with practical matters like work, food, and housing. Trying to find redemption for his sins, he befriends Adele Easely (Holly Hunter), a single mother who just happens to be the sister of the boy he shot in the robbery. He also meets teenaged Sofia Mellinger (Kirsten Dunst), a rich girl with a drug problem. Still attempting to reconcile with his past, Manual seems drawn to interfere when Adele's son Abner seems headed down a criminal path. Levity premiered at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival.


Billy Bob Thornton
as Manual Jordan
Morgan Freeman
as Miles Evans
Holly Hunter
as Adele Easley
Kirsten Dunst
as Sofia Mellinger
Manuel Aranguiz
as Senor Aguilar
Geoffrey Wigdor
as Abner Easley
Dorian Harewood
as Mackie Whittaker
Catherine Colvey
as Claire Mellinger
Chris D'Arienzo
as Waffle Boy
Luke Robertson
as Young Abner Easley
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Critic Reviews for Levity

All Critics (91) | Top Critics (38)

wish I could find some enthusiasm for this film, which was given a wonderfully austere look by the cinematographer Roger Deakins... For all its seriousness, though, Levity struck me as pretentious and intractably lifeless.

April 4, 2018 | Full Review…

Suffocates under its own good intentions and inexorable sense of doom.

July 16, 2003 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

In the end the film is undone by an overload of cliches, and by a gravity that never lets up.

July 11, 2003 | Rating: 2.5/4

Like pretty much everything else in Levity, [Thornton's] an earnest, faultlessly compassionate bore.

July 8, 2003 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Slow and satisfying.

June 27, 2003 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

But it's also a slow-moving muddle, Solomon unable to find a focus to his lead character that's consistently engaging.

June 19, 2003 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Levity

Thoughtful and compelling, Levity is an insightful drama that explores some deep issues. The story follows a convict that's seeking redemption and is taken in by a street preach who runs a shelter. Billy Bob Thornton, Morgan Freeman, Holly Hunter, and Kirsten Dunst lead the cast and give strong performances. The film is quite introspective and approaches its material in an unusual manner; which gives it a refreshing tone. Some of the character plots are underdeveloped, but overall the writing's pretty good. Though it's not completely successful, Levity is a smart and well-crafted film that has some rich storytelling.

Dann Michalski
Dann Michalski

Super Reviewer

This was a great story and if it was a book, it would have been amazing. As a movie however it was a bit slow.

Todd Smith
Todd Smith

Super Reviewer


Slow and straight-forward movie. I liked it...

Leigh Ryan
Leigh Ryan

Super Reviewer

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