The ABC Murders: Miniseries (2018)

The ABC Murders

Critics Consensus

The ABC Murders liberally adapts the famed Agatha Christie mystery while retaining its thrilling spirit, thanks in part to the sly performance of John Malkovich, who inhabits Hercule Poirot with enough wizened panache to win over those who were skeptical of his casting.



Critic Ratings: 32

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User Ratings: 0


Air date: Feb 1, 2019
Air date: Feb 1, 2019
Air date: Jan 31, 2019

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Set in the 1930s, the series follows the famous detective Poirot as he faces a serial killer known as A.B.C.


John Malkovich
as Hercule Poirot
Andrew Buchan
as Franklin Clarke
Freya Mavor
as Thora Grey
Bronwyn James
as Megan
Tara Fitzgerald
as Lady Hermione Clarke
Rupert Grint
as Inspector Crome
Anya Chalotra
as Lily Marbury
Terenia Edwards
as Miss Leigh
Gregor Fisher
as Dexter Dooley
Tamzin Griffin
as Alice Asher
Shirley Henderson
as Miss Rose Marbury
Lizzy McInnerny
as Jenny Barnard
Cyril Nri
as Father Anslem
Ian Pirie
as Peter Asher
Karen Westwood
as Mrs. Kirkham
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Critic Reviews for The ABC Murders Miniseries

All Critics (32) | Top Critics (7)

Sarah Phelps gives [Poirot] the tragic refugee's back-story Christie unaccountably overlooked in a drama about identity, migration and fear of the other.

Feb 13, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

While everyone else is hamming it up playing monstrous psychopaths on an operatic scale, Malkovich wafts glumly from scene to scene, his facial expressions rarely more animated than someone trying to do long division in his head.

Feb 4, 2019 | Full Review…

Phelps adapts this particular mystery novel taking a few liberties, and all of them are commendable. The hero is more vulnerable, even tragic, and Malkovich plays him tenderly, without overplaying him at all.

Feb 1, 2019 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Slow-moving but intense, intriguing and nightmarishly atmospheric opening part of three.

Jan 7, 2019 | Full Review…

Gritty, overly dark mystery series has an older Poirot.

Feb 13, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

The ABC Murders is the least successful of Phelps' recent Christie adaptations, though it is still entertaining enough.

Feb 6, 2019 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

The series is dry and without much humor, its focus on a more visceral violence and disturbing nature than past Poirot tales, and its ramifications on Poirot's nature.

Feb 5, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

This was the most compelling take on the character I've ever seen.

Feb 4, 2019 | Full Review…

With the basic joys of superior sleuthing mostly stripped out, the remaining pleasure you expect from a Christie adaptation is the opportunity afforded to a talented cast by its congregation of suspects and victims.

Feb 4, 2019 | Full Review…

Be aware that it's not your mother's or grandmother's idea of Christie or Poirot.

Feb 1, 2019 | Full Review…

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