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In the Heat of the Night Reviews

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 14, 2016
Hindsight has lent this gripping, serious-minded melodrama a certain righteous intensity.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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
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+
Top Critic
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.
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.
December 13, 2006
A decent piece of do-good cinema.
February 9, 2006
Oozes sufficient Southern sweat and features enough admirably crumpled character faces to make up for its over-strident liberal rhetoric.
May 20, 2003
A film that has the look and sound of actuality and the pounding pulse of truth.