The Pale Horse: Miniseries Reviews

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June 18, 2020
Unorthodox Christie adaptation has swearing, murder.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
April 22, 2020
With Phelps writing another four Agathaptations to come, The Pale Horse will probably continue to gallop in the middle of the harras as utterly disposable pseudo-mystery fiction.
April 16, 2020
Stylish, creepy and inexplicable.
March 16, 2020
The series forces you to draw your own conclusion, and while I see the merit in doing so, it also feels like a misstep.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
March 16, 2020
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.
March 13, 2020
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 13, 2020
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.
March 13, 2020
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.
March 11, 2020
The Pale Horse's ethos of horror violently inserting itself into apparently quaint British lifestyles is personified beautifully by Kaya Scodelario.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 11, 2020
Classic Phelps.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
March 11, 2020
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B
March 11, 2020
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B
March 10, 2020
Phelps's take on the narrative is a leaner and fittingly paler beast that hurries on right to its stunning conclusion.
March 9, 2020
The zigzag plot is tricky to follow, but it's rich in period flavor, and [Rufus] Sewell has a Mad Men coolness.
February 19, 2020
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"?
February 19, 2020
For all its spills and thrills and delightful cameo performances, I felt distracted and a little bored.
February 18, 2020
It wasn't one of those series where bits and bobs didn't add up. Instead, nothing added up.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
February 18, 2020
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.
February 18, 2020
In the end [Sarah] Phelps has to butcher the plot and the characters to come up with something more lively and interesting, but it doesn't really work.
February 18, 2020
More of the psycho in the brown Open All Hours coat, and less of the hocus pocus, would have made this a much better murder mystery.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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