Ordeal by Innocence: Miniseries Reviews

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April 11, 2019
No little grey cells here -- instead we had a black-and-white picture that gained more and more colour as the episode developed.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 20, 2018
Even if you know the story, you still find yourself drawn in by Phelps' adaptation. It is by no means an ordeal watching it, but nor is it the innocent country-house puzzle Poirot or Marple might have faced.
December 20, 2018
The whole confection is wonderfully fishy, and coming tangily to the boil.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 20, 2018
The updates have undeniably given Agatha Christie some serious edge.
December 20, 2018
Director Sandra Goldbacher delivers the on-screen version of a page-turner. And it's gripping.
December 20, 2018
This is not Agatha Christie's story. So when you watch it, don't expect Agatha Christie's story. If you don't, there's plenty to appreciate.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.8/10
December 20, 2018
It's a smooth adaptation and very well engineered. The casting makes perfect sense and the performances are just heightened enough to remind us that we're watching lavish melodrama, not dull realism.
December 20, 2018
None of them deserves an Emmy, and the material never takes them very deep, and yet I was engrossed.
October 18, 2018
I don't mind the changed solution so much, as it gives this version a nice element of surprise. It has a nice feminist feel to it, too.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
August 27, 2018
Fine acting, especially by Anna Chancellor and Matthew Goode; a good script; and competent direction make it a worthwhile three-hour binge.
August 15, 2018
Classic Agatha Christie mystery gets a dark, edgy remake.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 14, 2018
The sense of dread and guilt that permeates each interaction, combined with the flashback structure that makes this more ghost story than murder mystery, almost makes each of the Argylls at fault in their own way.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
August 13, 2018
Ordeal may not be flashy or have huge movie stars, but if you're a mystery fan, this is an ideal way to spend three hours.
August 13, 2018
With a dash of Downton Abbey-like decadence and period detail, the new three-hour whodunnit makes for an entertaining watch that will appeal to Christie readers and non-readers alike.
August 13, 2018
Not quite the ordeal of the title, but not the enthralling mystery you might be wanting, either.
August 13, 2018
No spoilers here, but suffice to say this version of Ordeal by Innocence is a worthy if not slightly darker take on an old classic.
August 13, 2018
It's not subtle-and occasionally outright dumb-but it's a gorgeous, beautifully acted bit of squalor, nevertheless.
Full Review | Original Score: B
August 10, 2018
It's all there, even if it feels sleek enough to slide away. Until, at least, it wallops you with a vicious, surprising ending.
August 10, 2018
It's almost impossible for a Christie adaptation to not be entertaining, and this is definitely a good one.
August 10, 2018
Even so the series is richly rewarding, unfailingly suspenseful drama, the new identity of the real murderer notwithstanding.
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