The Pale Horse: Miniseries (2020)


Miniseries
The Pale Horse

Critics Consensus

Though The Pale Horse bristles with brutal thrills, it's convoluted mystery at times sedates the suspenseful proceedings.

79%

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Critic Ratings: 28

47%

Audience Score

User Ratings: 38

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Air date: Mar 13, 2020

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Air date: Mar 13, 2020

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Sarah Phelps
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Critic Reviews for The Pale Horse Miniseries

All Critics (28) | Top Critics (13)

Despite Sewell and Kaya Scodelario - who plays the in-over-her-perfectly-coiffed-head wife 2.0 - selling every spooky undercurrent, all these questions resolve with an ending that's too purposefully oblique.

Mar 11, 2020 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Classic Phelps.

Mar 11, 2020 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

The worst thing you can say about Phelps' Christie adaptations, really, is that they often only barely qualify as mysteries-something The Pale Horse is equally guilty of.

Mar 11, 2020 | Rating: B | Full Review…

For all its spills and thrills and delightful cameo performances, I felt distracted and a little bored.

Feb 19, 2020 | Full Review…

It wasn't one of those series where bits and bobs didn't add up. Instead, nothing added up.

Feb 18, 2020 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

At the core of this corny and convoluted adaptation of the Agatha Christie novel lies a run-of-the-mill whodunit, an almost humdrum tale of bad blood and fiendish killing.

Feb 18, 2020 | Full Review…

Unorthodox Christie adaptation has swearing, murder.

Jun 18, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The Pale Horse does an adequate job with its re-interpretation of the story, although it sometimes falls short in trying to achieve the creepy, dark 1960s character piece it's aiming for.

Mar 12, 2020 | Full Review…

The Pale Horse's ethos of horror violently inserting itself into apparently quaint British lifestyles is personified beautifully by Kaya Scodelario.

Mar 11, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Phelps's take on the narrative is a leaner and fittingly paler beast that hurries on right to its stunning conclusion.

Mar 10, 2020 | Full Review…

The zigzag plot is tricky to follow, but it's rich in period flavor, and [Rufus] Sewell has a Mad Men coolness.

Mar 9, 2020 | Full Review…

The only argument I'll grant the reactionaries is the following: with fresh writing and production this bloody good, why the need for an adaptation, for a "source author", atall: other than to let the broadcaster sell it as "Agatha Christie's Pale Horse"?

Feb 19, 2020 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Pale Horse: Miniseries

  • Dec 13, 2020
    I thought this was a well acted take on the Agatha Christie novel. The twist ending was well set up and ambiguous, which I love. I'd recommend to anyone who has enjoyed other BBC Agatha Christie shows
  • Jul 12, 2020
    Good backstory to keep going
  • Jun 13, 2020
    Partiendo de una historia de Agatha Christie, la historia ya funciona, sin embargo se mueve un poco lenta.
  • Apr 28, 2020
    Everything that was great about the book, was bad about the show. Honestly, could not be more disappointed with the show. The book was interesting and the plot was intriguing. This show was vague, pointlessly and uselessly different, and was hardly anything worthy of an Agatha adaptation. Big disappointment.
  • Apr 24, 2020
    I can watch drunk, stoned guys anywhere, why spend hours doing it at home?
  • Apr 12, 2020
    Not bad, but it does feel like there´s something missing
  • Apr 06, 2020
    Just watched THE PALE HORSE. Ugh. Sarah Phelps is, it has once again been confirmed, a charlatan. Someone please make a proper adaptation of this novel to take away the unpleasant taste of Ms Phelps's twisted interpretation. And also perhaps pay for her to have some therapy. (Rufus Sewell's riveting performance notwithstanding, of course.)
  • Apr 05, 2020
    We were annoyed through both episodes. Hairstyles and costumes were a hodgepodge of eras. "Madonna wasn't around in 1961", so why was her platinum spiked hair in this..? There was even one mis-edited scene where the Jaguar was left-hand drive. Don't waste your time...
  • Apr 02, 2020
    "They always want the devil. Aren't we enough?" I like the middle path this version takes, neither throwing over the whole premise for supernatural murders nor accepting the tidy 100% rational answers. I think a lot of viewers have had trouble understanding the position and/or the way it maintains petty human nature as the greater evil, but I found it rewarding.
  • Mar 19, 2020
    Rufus Sewell is always wonderful and the production values were great BUT they changed almost every aspect of the story. Why buy the rights to the book written by one of the best storytellers ever, and then change everything. It made no sense and annoyed the heck out of me. Read the book.

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