Murder on the Orient Express : Critic Reviews

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Jamie Graham Total Film
Kenneth Branagh finds interesting ways to grease the wheels of this new take on the oft-filmed novel.
Todd McCarthy The Hollywood Reporter
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, with colorful characters that are fun to watch being made to squirm by the inimitable Belgian detective.
Robbie Collin The Telegraph
A shade more playfulness would have gone a long way. This Orient Express clatters handsomely along, but I left the cinema wishing it had had the nerve to jump the rails.
Will Lawrence Empire
An enjoyable journey with a stellar cast, though the baggage we carry as modern viewers sees this ride derailed before its denouement.
Anna Smith Time Out London
If it's all a little too crowded with characters, Branagh’s pacy direction keeps the story zip along to a conclusion that’s tense even if you remember whodunnit.
Todd Gilchrist TheWrap
Ultimately, Murder on the Orient Express isn’t necessarily awful; it’s just inert, a prestige pic that’s too busy looking handsome and respectable to evoke any real intrigue or emotional involvement.
Tim Grierson Screen International
Branagh, in his direction and especially in his performance, can’t help but overdo the cheeky artificiality, which keeps Murder feeling more like a well-designed exercise than a delectable thriller.
Peter Debruge Variety
Though he succeeds in creating the most memorable incarnation of Poirot ever seen on-screen (upstaging even Johnny Depp’s competing cameo), the movie is a failure overall, juggling too many characters to keep straight, and botching the last act so badly that those who go in blind may well walk out not having understood its infamous twist ending.
David Ehrlich Indiewire
A handsomely furnished holiday movie that should have devoted more attention to its many ornaments and less to the tinsel at the top, this Murder on the Orient Express loses steam as soon as it leaves the station.
Peter Bradshaw The Guardian
This film never gets up a head of steam.

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