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The Defiant Ones Reviews

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Emanuel Levy
March 8, 2011
Boasting strong performances from Sidney Poitier and Tony Curtis, this interracial drama of two escaped convicts is Stanley Kramer's most satisfying film, deservedly nominated for and winning Oscars.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Christopher Lloyd
Sarasota Herald-Tribune
March 7, 2011
Tony Curtis' acting is borderline awful. His famous Bronx accent bleeds through his faux Southern one like a bloody shirt, and he continually grits his teeth in a failed attempt to show the character's self-loathing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
May 21, 2008
It becomes shackled with its heavy-handed liberal message.
Full Review | Original Score: B-

November 7, 2007
Although an advance on Hollywood's usual treatment of racial themes, the script is too message-laden and the direction (by do-gooder Kramer) too single-minded and naively optimistic to really work.

TV Guide's Movie Guide
November 7, 2007
This was the film that established Poitier as a star.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
November 7, 2007
Kramer was never much of a director, but there's still power in some of the performances, especially Poitier's.
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Melissa Anderson
Time Out
January 26, 2006
The suspense of the manhunt in the swamps never really overcomes the dead weight of Kramer's 'message', but pleasures are to be found in the supporting roles of McGraw and Chaney.
Mike DeWolfe
Apollo Guide
March 16, 2004
Given the era of this movie, it was a controversial topic and a theme that Kramer handles courageously. He does a good job of showcasing Poitier and Curtis in their prime and the film's Oscar-winning cinematography is crisp and outstanding.
Full Review | Original Score: 84/100
Top Critic
Bosley Crowther
New York Times
May 20, 2003
It is nervous and suspenseful from the start.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
March 10, 2003
Marty Mapes
Movie Habit
August 21, 2002
It's not high art, but it is a well-made, well-rounded movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
August 20, 2002
Poitier and Curtis are great. Whoever thinks Curtis is just a pretty face should see his gripping performance.
| Original Score: 4/5
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
January 1, 2000
With two superb performances and palpable tension, the film has a strength that rises above the simplicity of the storyline.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Emanuel Levy
June 27, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
April 22, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
October 8, 2004
| Original Score: 3/5
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February 19, 2009
Tim Dirks
Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films
January 1, 2000
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