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The Defiant Ones Reviews

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January 8, 2018
Mr. Kramer's heart interferes with the action at several points, and though these lucky accidents are traditional in a chase picture, they do cloud the allegory.
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
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.
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.
January 8, 2018
This is one of underrated producer/director Stanley Kramer's finest humanitarian movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
April 22, 2005
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
November 7, 2007
Kramer was never much of a director, but there's still power in some of the performances, especially Poitier's.
February 19, 2009
The performances by Tony Curtis and Sidney Poitier are virtually flawless.
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
October 8, 2004
| Original Score: 3/5
May 21, 2008
It becomes shackled with its heavy-handed liberal message.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
January 19, 2018
With enough thrilling action to keep it enjoyable today, this is an important film that provided Poitier with a breakthrough role and helped Curtis to escape the simplistic hero mode in which his talents had too often been wasted.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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
August 21, 2002
It's not high art, but it is a well-made, well-rounded movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 10, 2003
May 20, 2003
It is nervous and suspenseful from the start.
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
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+
November 7, 2007
This was the film that established Poitier as a star.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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