In the Heat of the Night Reviews

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February 6, 2020
Looks and sounds first-rate before lapsing into a weary wave of the finger.
February 5, 2020
This is an uncommonly alive little thriller, knowing just what it wants to do and doing it well.
February 3, 2020
Virgil Tibbs is the strongest role Poitier has had in a long time, and he plays it brilliantly and believably.
July 30, 2019
In the Heat of the Night disrupts the Hollywood portrayal of African-American men and women as "bucks" and "mammies."
February 6, 2019
An old-fashioned murder-mystery presented in a jazzy and progressive style.
January 29, 2019
Thanks to its compelling narrative, memorable characters, and above all, a towering performance from the legendary Sidney Poitier, In the Heat of the Night continues to resonate with audiences over 50 years after its release.
July 6, 2018
A compact, unassuming Deep Down in Mississippi thriller.
August 2, 2017
Poitier's excellent performance both transcends and lifts the pretensions of the film, eschewing earlier mannerisms and projecting a wealth of emotion in facial communication.
November 17, 2016
It's a stylish performance from Poitier and an honest, intelligent contribution from Steiger.
November 16, 2016
The film's dutiful thriller mechanics are far less important than its politics - it has passed the test of time more for the small gestures and the iconic lines of dialogue.
November 14, 2016
Hindsight has lent this gripping, serious-minded melodrama a certain righteous intensity.
October 28, 2016
When critics of the film industry claim that films have no meaningful impact on the world, In The Heat Of The Night is one of the best examples you can use in counter-argument.
October 4, 2016
Oscar-winning police drama about racism has heavy themes.
February 23, 2015
The film was important socially because the Civil Rights Act had only come into being in 1964 and implementing it was another matter altogether.
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.
January 31, 2014
Though apart from its handling of race, In The Heat Of The Night's story had a familiar ring, it didn't really look much like the standard fare of 1967.
January 18, 2014
If you're collecting Best Pictures, 'In the Heat of the Night' was completely deserving of the Oscar then, and remains a taut crime drama almost 50 years later.
January 15, 2014
Social importance aside, In the Heat of the Night works as a buddy film and as a tense thriller.
January 15, 2014
A film that satisfies equally as police procedural and social commentary.
January 15, 2014
The plot is a set-up, a stacked deck, yet the atmosphere is palpably unpleasant, and Poitier and Steiger have a field day.
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