In the Heat of the Night Reviews

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Wanda Hale
New York Daily News
February 23, 2015
It's a pleasure, all too rare, to watch two splendid actors pitted against each other with equal force such as Sidney Poitier and Rod Steiger in the exceptional murder mystery, In the Heat of the Night.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
January 15, 2014
Social importance aside, In the Heat of the Night works as a buddy film and as a tense thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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TIME Magazine
February 20, 2009
No deep solutions are suggested in this subtle and meticulously observed study. Yet Director Norman Jewison has used his camera to extract a cer tain rough-cut beauty from each protagonist.
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A.D. Murphy
Variety
February 19, 2008
An excellent Sidney Poitier performance, and an outstanding one by Rod Steiger, overcome some noteworthy flaws to make In The Heat of the Night an absorbing contemporary murder drama.
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
December 13, 2006
A decent piece of do-good cinema.
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Paul Taylor
Time Out
February 9, 2006
Oozes sufficient Southern sweat and features enough admirably crumpled character faces to make up for its over-strident liberal rhetoric.
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Bosley Crowther
New York Times
May 20, 2003
A film that has the look and sound of actuality and the pounding pulse of truth.