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Murder On The Orient Express (2017)



Critic Consensus: Stylish production and an all-star ensemble keep this Murder on the Orient Express from running off the rails, even if it never quite builds up to its classic predecessor's illustrious head of steam.

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What starts out as a lavish train ride through Europe quickly unfolds into one of the most stylish, suspenseful and thrilling mysteries ever told. From the novel by best-selling author Agatha Christie, "Murder on the Orient Express" tells the tale of thirteen strangers stranded on a train, where everyone's a suspect. One man must race against time to solve the puzzle before the murderer strikes again. Kenneth Branagh directs and leads an all-star cast including Penélope Cruz, Willem Dafoe, Judi Dench, Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Daisy Ridley and Josh Gad.

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Kenneth Branagh
as Hercule Poiret, Hercule Poirot
Penelope Cruz
as Pilar Estravados
Willem Dafoe
as Gerhard Hardman
Judi Dench
as Princess Dragomiroff
Johnny Depp
as Ratchett
Josh Gad
as Hector MacQueen
Derek Jacobi
as Edward Masterman
Michelle Pfeiffer
as Mrs. Hubbard
Daisy Ridley
as Mary Debenham
Marwan Kenzari
as Pierre Michel
Olivia Colman
as Hildegarde Schmidt
Lucy Boynton
as Countess Andrenyi
Sergei Polunin
as Count Andrenyi
Manuel Garcia-Rulfo
as Biniamino Marquez
Leslie Odom Jr.
as Dr. Arbuthnot
Yassine Zeroual
as Young Boy
Asan N'Jie
as Hotel Waiter
Michael Rouse
as Inspector
Andy Apollo
as Armed Policeman
Hadley Fraser
as British Military Escort
Ziad Abaza
as Arab Shipmate
Luke Brady
as Waiter
Miltos Yerolemou
as Old Turk Baker
Kathryn Wilder
as Prostitute
Gerard Horan
as Aynesworth
Sid Sagar
as Sleeping Car Attendant
Adam Garcia
as Italian Fan
Darryl Clark
as Salon Barman
Crispin Letts
as Head Waiter
Yasmin Harrison
as Dining Car Sous Chef
Pip Jordan
as Kitchen Car Sous Chef
Chris Porter
as Station Master
Jack Riddiford
as Police Captain
Joshua Lacey
as Track Foreman
Phil Dunster
as Colonel John Armstrong
Miranda Raison
as Sonia Armstrong
Ansu Kabia
as Police Captain Newsreel)
Rami Nasr
as McQueen's Father
Irfan Shamji
as Yugoslavian Police Officer
Tom Hanson
as British Military Officer
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Critic Reviews for Murder On The Orient Express

All Critics (287) | Top Critics (48)

The actors here try too hard to flesh out roles that are little more than stock types.

March 25, 2020 | Full Review…

There's something quaint and comforting about this film and its brand of old-fashioned storytelling, where coincidences are extremely likely, everyone somehow knows a countess, and a man puts honor above all else.

December 1, 2017 | Full Review…

Branagh's retelling of the classic Agatha Christie tale is visually sumptuous yet otherwise inert, a series of what are essentially cameos by performers far too gifted to waste their time like this.

November 19, 2017 | Full Review…

While Branagh's revised version retains the basic elements, the mistakes he makes are numerous.

November 16, 2017 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Contriving somehow both to dawdle and to rush, "Murder on the Orient Express" is handsome, undemanding, and almost wholly bereft of purpose.

November 13, 2017 | Full Review…

The picture simply goes on too long, and is far too in love with Branagh's performance.

November 10, 2017 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Murder On The Orient Express

The beginning of the film is perfect, an exotic location, a neat little introduction to the character, the sequences conjures up images of the great adventures of Lawrence of Arabia or even Indy Jones. Then we are getting on the train. The cast is amazing, of course, so is the narrow setting of the train and cinematography. Once Poirot starts investigating, things flow rather perfectly too. What's missing is a major shock or twist, at least if you're somewhat familiar with the story. They did a little action sequence here or there, but in the end the result is entertaining but a bit underwhelming.

Jens S.
Jens S.

Super Reviewer

Held onto the rails by visually stunning direction, effective performance from Branagh and cast, Murder on the Orient Express provides a solid pay-off even if its second act will have you thinking of the destination and not the journey. 3/5

Eugene Bernabe
Eugene Bernabe

Super Reviewer


What's the attraction in Agatha Christie's fantastical revenge fantasy based on the real life story of the infamous kidnapping of the Lindbergh baby? Undoubtably it's the story's requirement for a large cast, thus enabling the stars to crawl out as if it were award season, all looking for the red carpet. This particular production, guided no doubt by the earlier ones, squeezes the full court press out of the thing and, in my humble opinion, is the best one to date. "They don't make 'em like they use to," goes the old complaint, and yet this work spits that view out the back window of a speeding luxury train. One for a rainy afternoon.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

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