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.

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Critic Ratings: 25

50%

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User Ratings: 8
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Air date: Mar 13, 2020
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Air date: Mar 13, 2020

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Cast

Rufus Sewell
as Mark Easterbrook
Kaya Scodelario
as Hermia Easterbrook
Bertie Carvel
as Zachariah Osborne
Sean Pertwee
as Inspector Stanley Lejeune
Henry Lloyd-Hughes
as David Ardingly
Poppy Gilbert
as Thomasina Tuckerton
Madeleine Bowyer
as Jessie Davis
Sarah Woodward
as Clemency Ardingly
Georgina Campbell
as Delphine Easterbrook
Claire Skinner
as Yvonne Tuckerton
Sheila Atim
as Thyrza Grey
Kathy Kiera Clarke
as Sybil Stamfordis
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Critic Reviews for The Pale Horse Miniseries

All Critics (25) | Top Critics (10)

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

Feb 19, 2020 | 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…
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The series forces you to draw your own conclusion, and while I see the merit in doing so, it also feels like a misstep.

Mar 16, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

The Pale Horse looks great, and has fine performances. But Sewell's slimy protagonist is the lynchpin that makes this one of Amazon's better Christie adaptations.

Mar 16, 2020 | Full Review…

The Pale Horse, one of Christie's most curious works, with no Marple or Poirot in sight, Phelps gets the balance between her delight in teasing out darker themes and keeping the plot hanging together pretty much spot on.

Mar 12, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The Pale Horse works as an atmospheric departure from the likes of Hercule Poirot or dysfunctional families with literal and figurative blood on their hands.

Mar 12, 2020 | 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…

Audience Reviews for The Pale Horse: Miniseries

  • 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.
  • Mar 15, 2020
    Agatha Christie is the best selling author of ALL time. Why does the BBC think they need to "improve" on her writing?? First ABC Murders and now this. Rufus Sewell and the rest of the cast (Sean Pertwee nailing it as always) did well with what they were given.

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