Murder On The Orient Express

Critics Consensus

Stylish production and an all-star ensemble keep this Murder on the Orient Express from running off the rails, even if it never quite builds up to its classic predecessor's illustrious head of steam.



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What starts out as a lavish train ride through Europe quickly unfolds into one of the most stylish, suspenseful and thrilling mysteries ever told. From the novel by best-selling author Agatha Christie, "Murder on the Orient Express" tells the tale of thirteen strangers stranded on a train, where everyone's a suspect. One man must race against time to solve the puzzle before the murderer strikes again. Kenneth Branagh directs and leads an all-star cast including Penélope Cruz, Willem Dafoe, Judi Dench, Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Daisy Ridley and Josh Gad.

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Kenneth Branagh
as Hercule Poiret, Hercule Poirot
Penelope Cruz
as Pilar Estravados
Willem Dafoe
as Gerhard Hardman
Judi Dench
as Princess Dragomiroff
Johnny Depp
as Ratchett
Josh Gad
as Hector MacQueen
Derek Jacobi
as Edward Masterman
Michelle Pfeiffer
as Mrs. Hubbard
Daisy Ridley
as Mary Debenham
Marwan Kenzari
as Pierre Michel
Olivia Colman
as Hildegarde Schmidt
Lucy Boynton
as Countess Andrenyi
Sergei Polunin
as Count Andrenyi
Manuel Garcia-Rulfo
as Biniamino Marquez
Leslie Odom Jr.
as Dr. Arbuthnot
Yassine Zeroual
as Young Boy
Asan N'Jie
as Hotel Waiter
Michael Rouse
as Inspector
Andy Apollo
as Armed Policeman
Hadley Fraser
as British Military Escort
Ziad Abaza
as Arab Shipmate
Luke Brady
as Waiter
Miltos Yerolemou
as Old Turk Baker
Kathryn Wilder
as Prostitute
Gerard Horan
as Aynesworth
Sid Sagar
as Sleeping Car Attendant
Adam Garcia
as Italian Fan
Darryl Clark
as Salon Barman
Crispin Letts
as Head Waiter
Yasmin Harrison
as Dining Car Sous Chef
Pip Jordan
as Kitchen Car Sous Chef
Chris Porter
as Station Master
Jack Riddiford
as Police Captain
Joshua Lacey
as Track Foreman
Phil Dunster
as Colonel John Armstrong
Miranda Raison
as Sonia Armstrong
Ansu Kabia
as Police Captain Newsreel)
Rami Nasr
as McQueen's Father
Irfan Shamji
as Yugoslavian Police Officer
Tom Hanson
as British Military Officer
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Critic Reviews for Murder On The Orient Express

All Critics (275) | Top Critics (45) | Fresh (165) | Rotten (110)

  • There's something quaint and comforting about this film and its brand of old-fashioned storytelling, where coincidences are extremely likely, everyone somehow knows a countess, and a man puts honor above all else.

    Dec 1, 2017 | Full Review…
  • Branagh's retelling of the classic Agatha Christie tale is visually sumptuous yet otherwise inert, a series of what are essentially cameos by performers far too gifted to waste their time like this.

    Nov 19, 2017 | Full Review…
  • While Branagh's revised version retains the basic elements, the mistakes he makes are numerous.

    Nov 16, 2017 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

    Rex Reed

    Top Critic
  • Contriving somehow both to dawdle and to rush, "Murder on the Orient Express" is handsome, undemanding, and almost wholly bereft of purpose.

    Nov 13, 2017 | Full Review…
  • The picture simply goes on too long, and is far too in love with Branagh's performance.

    Nov 10, 2017 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • Still, Branagh clearly has fun with the eccentric nature of the Poirot character, whose gift of insight is a blessing when it comes to solving crimes but a curse in its effects on his daily existence.

    Nov 10, 2017 | Full Review…

    Brian Lowry
    Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Murder On The Orient Express

  • Sep 18, 2018
    The beginning of the film is perfect, an exotic location, a neat little introduction to the character, the sequences conjures up images of the great adventures of Lawrence of Arabia or even Indy Jones. Then we are getting on the train. The cast is amazing, of course, so is the narrow setting of the train and cinematography. Once Poirot starts investigating, things flow rather perfectly too. What's missing is a major shock or twist, at least if you're somewhat familiar with the story. They did a little action sequence here or there, but in the end the result is entertaining but a bit underwhelming.
    Jens S Super Reviewer
  • Jun 13, 2018
    Held onto the rails by visually stunning direction, effective performance from Branagh and cast, Murder on the Orient Express provides a solid pay-off even if its second act will have you thinking of the destination and not the journey. 3/5
    Eugene B Super Reviewer
  • Mar 07, 2018
    The 1974 adaptation of Christie's novel is flawed but at least it had Sydney Lumet as a director. Branagh can't juggle the massive ensemble or figure out how to effectively use the large budget at his disposal.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Feb 02, 2018
    I never saw the original, but color me intrigued when I saw the star studded lineup for Kenneth Branagh's remake. Actor and director of his own film, Branagh's take is too chaotic and unfocused to deliver any real kicks outside of managing to get all these star-studded actors together. The twist of the film comes so far from left field due to the plot's inability to establish any background on 12 different faces. Unfotunately, the tone of the film is unclear from the beginning because of Branagh's acting style choice. Is this a crime caper with comedy? It felt like a National Treasure or The Mummy happy-go-lucky opening with a following over the next two hours as serious and as drama filled as Gone Baby Gone. It started fun and jovial and then turned heavy handed multiple times throughout. But with so many characters involved with such clout in the industry, only a handful were really only going to get the true focus all of them should have gotten.
    Lane Z Super Reviewer

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