Crooked House (2017)

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In Agatha Christie's most twisted tale, the suspicious circumstances surrounding the death of a wealthy patriarch is investigated by spy-turned-private-detective Charles Hayward (Max Irons), who is lured by his former lover to catch her grandfather's murderer before Scotland Yard exposes dark family secrets. On the sprawling estate, amidst a poisonous atmosphere of bitterness, resentment and jealousy in a truly crooked house, Hayward encounters three generations of the dynasty, including a theater actress (Gillian Anderson), the old man's widow 50 years his junior (Christina Hendricks), and the family matriarch Lady Edith de Haviland (Glenn Close).

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Cast

Glenn Close
as Lady Edith
Max Irons
as Charles Hayward
Stefanie Martini
as Sophia de Haviland
Terence Stamp
as Chief Inspector Taverner
Honor Kneafsey
as Josephine
Amanda Abbington
as Clemency Leonides
Christian McKay
as Roger Leonides
Julian Sands
as Philip Leonides
Roger Ashton-Griffiths
as Griffiths-Gaitskill
John Heffernan
as Laurence Brown
Madeleine Hyland
as Roger Leonide's Secretary
David Cann
as Coroner
Gino Picciano
as Aristide
Andreas Karras
as Iannois Agrodopolous
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Critic Reviews for Crooked House

All Critics (28) | Top Critics (6)

Irons more than holds his own at the center of this swirling mystery, and Martini proves an enchanting leading lady, but the real draws are Close and Anderson, who bring a ferocious zest to their over-the-top characters.

Jan 9, 2018 | Full Review…

A visual treat but a less-than-tantalizing mystery.

Dec 22, 2017 | Full Review…

Crooked House feels as lifeless as the corpse at its center.

Dec 22, 2017 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

The superb cast provides mild pleasures, as do some aspects of the elaborate mystery itself.

Dec 21, 2017 | Full Review…

Crooked House knows what its job is: to set up a tangled web of colorful characters, throw in a few red herrings, set off its dynamite, and make its exit while the smoke is still in the air.

Dec 19, 2017 | Full Review…

"Crooked House" keeps you guessing, right up to its shocking conclusion (of which Christie was especially proud, naming it a personal favorite among her extensive oeuvre).

Dec 8, 2017 | Full Review…
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Audience Reviews for Crooked House

The Agatha Christie murder mystery Crooked House is a classic crime thriller. When her grandfather is poisoned Sophia de Haviland hires her former lover and private investigator Charles Hayward to look into the case before the murderer can cover their tracks, and it becomes a public scandal. Featuring Christina Hendricks, Glenn Close, and Gillian Anderson, the cast is pretty solid, and newcomer Stefanie Martini gives an especially strong performance. Also, the script does a good job at building intrigue and suspense. Still, there are some pacing issues, and at times the plot can be a bit confusing. Yet while it has some problems, Crooked House delivers a dark and chilling murder mystery.

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