Lilies of the Field - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Lilies of the Field Reviews

Page 1 of 14
April 24, 2016
just saw this film- was a wonderful movie about finding faith in a most unusual situation between many lines
½ January 5, 2016
The first film I've seen Sidney Poitier in that isn't about race. It's actually quite hard to pigeon hole his film at all but I think it was supposed to be a comedy. It's generally awkward viewing as the acting is pretty suspect and the story is pretty silly.
October 11, 2015
Poitiers playful and loving performance....Skalas stubborn but hysterical nun....Liles of the Field is a simple piece of art.
August 31, 2015
Good movie if a bit empty.
May 1, 2015
Sidney Poitier is great as always in this his Oscar winning performance and the movie is nice. It isn't anything amazing it's just nice. Lillian Skala also gives a great performance and it has a nice score
February 11, 2015
Well-intentioned, feel-good movie. However fairly syrupy and predictable.

The movie had great ideals: people of different races and nationalities working together to aid the community. However, the writer and director are hardly subtle in the way they go about their soapboxing.

The story hasn't aged well either, as the age and nationality divide aspect was much more relevant in the 1960s.

Furthermore, it just comes across as unrealistic and contrived: eg labourer works for a group of nuns for a day, expecting to get paid by the end of it, doesn't, but, instead of leaving, works for them for a few more days, and is surprised when he, once again, gets screwed at paying time. Then sticks around for a few more months and is once again surprised when they don't pay him or even buy materials.

This said, despite being overly and overtly idealistic and syrupy sweet, and fairly predictable in its motives and plot, the movie does have a feel-good quality to it which makes it worth watching.

Good performance by Sidney Poitier in the lead role. Worth noting that this is the only performance he won an Oscar for. Considering his other work, eg In the Heat of The Night, A Patch of Blue, The Defiant Ones, this is very surprising. The Defiant Ones was his only other nomination, in fact.
February 6, 2015
Heavy themes of faith and God are abundant in this movie, but it also features fantastic performances in a very low key but enjoyable melodrama. A labourer is asked to fix the roof of a nunnery, but finds himself slowly fixing more and more, without payment. Its the simple interactions between him and the nuns which make the movie, and the trials of immigration and the human spirit. This movie is noted for having Sidney Poitier winning an Oscar, the first black person to do that. Regardless, its also a very endearing film with lots of religious themes.
November 22, 2014
Everyone in the film seems to be a fish out of water, and this makes for a compelling mixture of humor and poignancy. The German nuns are not conversant in American culture and require-demand, rather-assistance to procure supplies, travel to mass, and build their chapel. Sidney Poitier's Homer (is the name an "Odyssey" reference?) needs a steady job, though he may not want to admit it. The English lessons he gives the nuns, and the Baptist hymn he teaches them, are the film's highlights, and these both come within the first twenty minutes. The narrative loses momentum as the chapel slowly takes shape, but at a mere 94 minutes it is not too long a movie.
October 14, 2014
The first Sidney Poitier movie I have seen and I could watch it over and over. The chemistry between his character and the nuns he works for is wonderful.
October 14, 2014
award winning.. a must see excellent (bw)
½ August 31, 2014
Classic movie regarding a lone traveler traveling through the Southwest and meeting up with some German nuns who think they have been blessed with a miracle-laborer to build the nuns a chapel. Excellent movie for geography, ethics, pride of labor and strong spiritual beliefs.
August 19, 2014
Lilies of the Field may not have much of a story and it is all somewhat slight stuff, but the film rests solely on Sidney Poitier's shoulders and he thankfully gives a masterful performace raising the film from being above average to being quite good. The movie is also pleasant, respectable and somewhat naive, but always poignant, endearing and filled with a lot of heart at its core.
May 27, 2014
One of the more inspirational feel-good movies you'll ever see
hunterjt13
Super Reviewer
May 21, 2014
A laborer accepts a group of nuns' requests to build a church.
Is it possible for a film to be both evangelical and light-hearted? They seem like a contradictory adjectives, but somehow the delightful exuberance of Sidney Poitier make the film work. He has an easy charm that contrasts nicely with the nuns' severity. The film's themes, include faith and stewardship, aren't heavy-handed or explored in any depth, but they're there, and the film is as catchy as the gospel tune that Poitier repeatedly sings.
Overall, this isn't a canonical, except for the fact that Poitier became the first African-American to win Best Actor, but it's a fine time and entertaining couple of hours.
February 17, 2014
More proof for me to realize the awesome legend that is Sydney Poitier.....and what is nice is that his role is not a "black" character.......but a human character......
February 13, 2014
A charming Oscar-winning performance by Sidney Poitier and an equally strong performance by Lilia Skala as Mother Superior tales the small tale about a traveling handyman who helps a group of nuns build a church. It's one of those stories where two people from different worlds collide, yet in the end are changed for the better by the other. It's one of those feel-good films that actually makes you feel good.

Grade: A-
Super Reviewer
½ November 26, 2013
Poitier does his usual thing..this time giving a grand performance with a bunch of nuns. While the move is good, it does border on poor sentimentality. For this reason alone, I deduct a half star.
May 8, 2013
Starring Sidney Poitier, the film opens with a black construction worker who has an overheated car in the middle of a desert. He spots at the residence of some European nuns to get water. Homer is intent on making a quick pit stop but the mother superior has other ideas. She sees him as a gift form God so that their Chapel might be built. He reluctantly decides to stick around for a little while to help them out and teach them some English. The stubborn Mother Superior wants everything her way and Homer ends up leaving them. Although he realizes he will not get paid, Homer's ambition to be an architect leads him to eventually start the Chapel for the nuns. He takes on a part time job and starts the undertaking while the nuns request materials. Soon the locals want to help but Homer is adamant that he do everything. Eventually they do join in and more materials come. Progress picks up and Homer becomes the foreman. The building is finally put up and yet the proud Mother will not thank Homer. That night she is finally tricked into thanking him and Homer leads them in a spiritual one last time before driving off into the night. This film is a battle of sorts between two strong-willed people. In the end it brings a great deal of good.
February 22, 2013
Sidney Poitier was fine, and the movie was good, but it was just unmemorable.
January 9, 2013
Why I waited so long to see such a wonderful film, I will never know. What's important is that I've seen it and been genuinely touched by it. Poitier is magnificent, as is the entire cast. Like the chapel built therein, this film feels like a labor of love. It's every bit as poignant now as ever.
Page 1 of 14