Lilies of the Field - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Lilies of the Field Reviews

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January 8, 2018
This was a small, low-budget picture that went straight for the heart and succeeded critically as well as financially.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
January 8, 2018
James Poe's simplistic screenplay might have become sluggishly sentimental without Ralph Nelson's discerning direction and Poitier's sharp humour.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
April 9, 2016
There's not much dramatic urgency to the story, but that's perfectly fine: This is the sort of picture that gives wholesomeness a good name, and its life lessons are imparted in a leisurely and unforced manner.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
March 12, 2011
Ralph Nelson's melodrama is best known for featuring the Oscar-winning performance of Sidney Poitier, the first black actor to win the male lead award.
Full Review | Original Score: B
March 26, 2009
Many factors combine in the overall success of the film, notably the restrained direction by Ralph Nelson, a thoroughly competent screenplay by James Poe, and, of course, Poitier's own standout performance.
August 27, 2006
| Original Score: 3/5
October 8, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
November 7, 2004
[A] culture clash comprises both the film's lighter and more serious moments, with Poitier's simple, personal struggle over whether to leave or to stay and finish the job giving this small film a backbone of importance.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
November 3, 2004
Charmingly offbeat
| Original Score: 4/5
October 16, 2004
Simple story about big hearts. Potier is wonderful.
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
July 7, 2004
An uplifting film that cemented the reputation of its star.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
July 1, 2004
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
April 10, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
March 8, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
May 8, 2002
Despite the divergence in faith and culture, a tolerant ecumenical respect characterizes the relationship between Smith and the sisters.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
March 16, 2001
Lilies is a humble and humorous tribute to pride, faith, and perseverance, and that's more than enough. Amen.
Read More | Original Score: 7/10
January 8, 2018
Well-meaning rot.
February 9, 2006
It might be significant as an early independent movie made good, but Poitier got better when he got angrier for In the Heat of the Night four years later.
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