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In the Heat of the Night Reviews

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Barbara Shulgasser
Common Sense Media
October 4, 2016
Oscar-winning police drama about racism has heavy themes.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Margaret Pomeranz
At the Movies (Australia)
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.
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Wanda Hale
New York Daily News
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
April 18, 2014
Quincy Jones provides a score that perfectly complements the flavorful atmosphere.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Keith Phipps
The Dissolve
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.0/5
James Plath
Movie Metropolis
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
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Richard Roeper
January 15, 2014
Social importance aside, In the Heat of the Night works as a buddy film and as a tense thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
James Mottram
Total Film
January 15, 2014
A film that satisfies equally as police procedural and social commentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Adrian Turner
Radio Times
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
August 6, 2013
The film's flatly descriptive approach to exploring race in America probably felt a bit more intense and meaningful in the thick of the Civil Rights Era than it does now.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Stuart Henderson
February 16, 2013
Good as the performances are, isn't it all a bit disingenuous?
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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TIME Magazine
February 20, 2009
No deep solutions are suggested in this subtle and meticulously observed study. Yet Director Norman Jewison has used his camera to extract a cer tain rough-cut beauty from each protagonist.
Christopher Null
February 28, 2008
Far -- far -- more interested in racial politics than criminal capers, and it's Tibbs' interactions with the local yokels that make the film so memorable
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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A.D. Murphy
February 19, 2008
An excellent Sidney Poitier performance, and an outstanding one by Rod Steiger, overcome some noteworthy flaws to make In The Heat of the Night an absorbing contemporary murder drama.

Empire Magazine
October 31, 2007
Probably Norman Jewison's best picture.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

October 31, 2007
The cleverness of Silliphant's script is in combining the investigation of a murder with a message film.

TV Guide
December 13, 2006
[A] superb thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
December 13, 2006
A decent piece of do-good cinema.
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
November 21, 2006
Rod Steiger delivers an engaging performance as a bigoted police chief who comes to trust a strong black homicide detective.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Emanuel Levy
July 25, 2006
Norman Jewison's drama is a message film in the guise of a small-town murder mystery, propagating interracial friendship between blacks and whites.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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