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In the Heat of the Night Reviews

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February 16, 2013
Good as the performances are, isn't it all a bit disingenuous?
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
January 10, 2003
Age hasn't done much for Norman Jewison's In the Heat of the Night.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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
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.
August 29, 2002
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
January 10, 2003
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
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
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+
June 5, 2002
This is a really good example of a film that was both entertaining and socially very responsible.
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.
November 14, 2016
Hindsight has lent this gripping, serious-minded melodrama a certain righteous intensity.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 30, 2002
| Original Score: 5/5
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
April 30, 2008
| Original Score: 4/5
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.
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
| Original Score: 4/5
January 15, 2014
A film that satisfies equally as police procedural and social commentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 1, 2000
How fine a film this is.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
January 1, 2000
...a thoughtful moral drama, an absorbing character study, an enjoyable comedy, and a mystery thriller all rolled into one.
Read More | Original Score: 8/10
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