Lilies of the Field Reviews

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December 28, 2018
Lilies of the Field is a funny, sentimental, charming and uplifting film, in which intelligence, imagination and energy are proved again to be beyond the price of any super-budget.
January 8, 2018
Well-meaning rot.
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.
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.
June 4, 2019
A beautifully understated work, built on the dignity of Poitier's warm gravitas, and told with a gentle and disarmingly moving confidence.
December 28, 2018
One of the most gentle and affecting stories about faith and generosity ever committed to film.
January 8, 2018
This was a small, low-budget picture that went straight for the heart and succeeded critically as well as financially.
January 8, 2018
James Poe's simplistic screenplay might have become sluggishly sentimental without Ralph Nelson's discerning direction and Poitier's sharp humour.
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.
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.
August 27, 2006
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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.
November 3, 2004
Charmingly offbeat
October 16, 2004
Simple story about big hearts. Potier is wonderful.
July 7, 2004
An uplifting film that cemented the reputation of its star.
July 1, 2004
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