Murder on the Orient Express (2017)

Murder on the Orient Express (2017)

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Murder on the Orient Express (2017)

Sir Kenneth Branagh adapts Agatha Christie's 1934 mystery novel with an all-star cast including Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Willem Dafoe, Penélope Cruz, Daisy Ridley and Dame Judi Dench. Story follows renowned Belgian detective Hercule Poirot (Branagh) as he investigates the murder of a wealthy American traveling on the Orient Express, the world's most luxurious train.

Christie's enduring story has been adapted to the big screen before, with Sidney Lumet's 1974 Oscar-winner starring Albert Finney, Sean Connery, Laren Bacall, Anthony Perkins, Vanessa Redgrave and Ingrid Bergman.

2017Rating: M, Adult themes113 minsUSA
CrimeDramaMysteryBlockbuster
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Reviews & comments

Variety

Variety

press

Kenneth Branagh's take on Agatha Christie's eccentric detective is one for the age.

0
Total Film

Total Film

press

Shooting in 65mm, Branagh delivers all of the eye-saucering exteriors you'd expect, as mountaintops soar, sunlight glints at the end of tunnels and stations snuggle under a duvet of blue snow.

4.0
0
Time Out

Time Out

press

If it's all a little too crowded with characters, Branagh's pacy direction keeps the story zipping along.

3.0
0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

This film never gets up a head of steam.

2.0
0
Stuff

Stuff

press

Seemingly reimagined Poirot as someone who chuckles through Charles Dickens' novels and has a love interest. What on earth would Christie say?

3.0
0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

Branagh delivers a thrilling ride through the mountainous snowscapes, making this first-class ticket as opulent as it is chilling.

4.0
0
Newsroom

Newsroom

press

Unfortunately, it's almost as if this Orient Express has been slightly derailed by the narrative it leaves on the line as it departs the cinematic platform.

0
New Zealand Listener

New Zealand Listener

press

Branagh’s attempt at a Christie is certainly handsome and not without a few sly grins, but there’s something frustratingly stuffy and pedestrian about it...

3.0
0
Little White Lies

Little White Lies

press

An old-fashioned murder mystery repackaged from the blockbuster set. Works despite itself.

3.0
0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Given the confined nature of the material as well as its period-specific aspects, this is a yarn that does not exactly invite radical reinterpretation. As such, its appeal is confined to the traditional niceties of being a clever tale well told.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Branagh adheres to Christie's ideal with his performance but remains in the shadow of TV's David Suchet.

3.0
0

It's visually pleasing and well-performed, with rather dull entertainment.

3.0
0

I love a period movie esp with a murder but the tweeness starts almost immediately and it loses any semblance of a solid story with it. Even the characters arent well roundeed and Kenneth Branagh has a tendency to meander and draw things out which also happens. Good actors couldnt save this from itself.

1.0
0

MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS is an ambitious film, with nothing but good intentions. It takes time with its characters, allowing for all of them to be fleshed out. This enables the cast to really shine with stand out performances from Kenneth Branagh, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Josh Gad. Although the opening scene felt lacking, and some scenes don't really gel...

4.0
0

I love a good Murder Mystery, especially with an All-Star Cast with Daisy Ridley, Johnny Depp, Josh Gad and William Dafoe. The acting was Great, and also the connection between everyone on the train.

5.0
0

This film begins with promise, gorgeous exotic scenery and a sterling cast. But it quickly becomes clear that this is merely a vehicle for Kenneth Branagh who stars and directs. Looking handsomer than ever he commands the cast like the conductor of an orchestra who allows only fleeting moments to his fellow actors, or should I say thespians as this flick...

3.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

Kenneth Branagh's take on Agatha Christie's eccentric detective is one for the age.

0
Total Film

Total Film

press

Shooting in 65mm, Branagh delivers all of the eye-saucering exteriors you'd expect, as mountaintops soar, sunlight glints at the end of tunnels and stations snuggle under a duvet of blue snow.

4.0
0
Time Out

Time Out

press

If it's all a little too crowded with characters, Branagh's pacy direction keeps the story zipping along.

3.0
0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

This film never gets up a head of steam.

2.0
0
Stuff

Stuff

press

Seemingly reimagined Poirot as someone who chuckles through Charles Dickens' novels and has a love interest. What on earth would Christie say?

3.0
0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

Branagh delivers a thrilling ride through the mountainous snowscapes, making this first-class ticket as opulent as it is chilling.

4.0
0
Newsroom

Newsroom

press

Unfortunately, it's almost as if this Orient Express has been slightly derailed by the narrative it leaves on the line as it departs the cinematic platform.

0
New Zealand Listener

New Zealand Listener

press

Branagh’s attempt at a Christie is certainly handsome and not without a few sly grins, but there’s something frustratingly stuffy and pedestrian about it...

3.0
0
Little White Lies

Little White Lies

press

An old-fashioned murder mystery repackaged from the blockbuster set. Works despite itself.

3.0
0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Given the confined nature of the material as well as its period-specific aspects, this is a yarn that does not exactly invite radical reinterpretation. As such, its appeal is confined to the traditional niceties of being a clever tale well told.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Branagh adheres to Christie's ideal with his performance but remains in the shadow of TV's David Suchet.

3.0
0

It's visually pleasing and well-performed, with rather dull entertainment.

3.0
0

I love a period movie esp with a murder but the tweeness starts almost immediately and it loses any semblance of a solid story with it. Even the characters arent well roundeed and Kenneth Branagh has a tendency to meander and draw things out which also happens. Good actors couldnt save this from itself.

1.0
0

MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS is an ambitious film, with nothing but good intentions. It takes time with its characters, allowing for all of them to be fleshed out. This enables the cast to really shine with stand out performances from Kenneth Branagh, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Josh Gad. Although the opening scene felt lacking, and some scenes don't really...

4.0
0

I love a good Murder Mystery, especially with an All-Star Cast with Daisy Ridley, Johnny Depp, Josh Gad and William Dafoe. The acting was Great, and also the connection between everyone on the train.

5.0
0

This film begins with promise, gorgeous exotic scenery and a sterling cast. But it quickly becomes clear that this is merely a vehicle for Kenneth Branagh who stars and directs. Looking handsomer than ever he commands the cast like the conductor of an orchestra who allows only fleeting moments to his fellow actors, or should I say thespians as this flick...

3.0
0