Murder On The Orient Express Reviews

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December 1, 2017
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.
November 19, 2017
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.
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November 16, 2017
While Branagh's revised version retains the basic elements, the mistakes he makes are numerous.
November 13, 2017
Contriving somehow both to dawdle and to rush, "Murder on the Orient Express" is handsome, undemanding, and almost wholly bereft of purpose.
November 10, 2017
The picture simply goes on too long, and is far too in love with Branagh's performance.
November 10, 2017
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.
November 10, 2017
To return to why Murder on the Orient Express was remade: Beats me. Maybe it's someone's idea of counterprogramming when every other film in the multiplex is for kids or yahoos. Maybe it's a tax shelter.
November 10, 2017
Whodunit? Who took the life of a famous murder mystery and left it dead on the screen? I accuse...director and star Kenneth Branagh.
November 10, 2017
There is too little levity and cleverness afoot, especially with a cast whose talent is barely tapped.
November 10, 2017
Branagh fusses about with unusual camera angles, improbable outdoor settings and lame action sequences, anything to avoid getting on with the obvious, lining up a surfeit of suspects in the dining car and twisting the truth out of them.
November 10, 2017
A lot of remakes of Hollywood classics trip over themselves to appeal to modern day crowds, but Branagh is a classicist at heart. In front of and behind the camera, he makes this journey a throwback ride worth taking. All aboard.
November 10, 2017
Although the film will work considerably better for newcomers to the story, there's enough here to appeal to veterans.
November 9, 2017
... this entirely superfluous remake will have you bewailing the state of entertainment along with the fate of novelist Agatha Christie, whose quaint old wheeze of a parlor-car game deserved to stay fondly remembered.
November 9, 2017
It's this generous, crowd-pleasing impulse that makes Murder on the Orient Express so fizzingly enjoyable. But it's also one reason why that enjoyment tails off, and the film runs out of steam before it reaches its destination.
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November 9, 2017
"Can we please stop with the remakes of Murder on the Orient Express?" I ask upon exiting Kenneth Branagh's fatally tepid new reading of the Agatha Christie classic.
November 9, 2017
Kenneth Branagh's remake of Murder on the Orient Express is billed as a motion picture. But it might better be thought of as a two-hour moving selfie of the director, who is also the lead star.
November 9, 2017
Kenneth Branagh's Murder on the Orient Express is an engaging bit of cinematic nostalgia.
November 9, 2017
Branagh may know better than to mess with a ripping good yarn, but he doesn't always trust it to stand on its own.
November 9, 2017
"Murder on the Orient Express" has been . . . murdered!
November 9, 2017
Murder on the Orient Express isn't particularly mind-blowing, but it serves as good crime story comfort food -- a whodunit that's easy to settle in with for a couple of hours.
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