What Did Critics Think of the Film Remake of Murder on the Orient Express?

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The Kenneth Branagh-helmed film, based on the Agatha Christie murder mystery, stars Tony winner Leslie Odom, Jr. and Tony nominee Josh Gad.

Agatha Christie’s murder mystery Murder on the Orient Express comes to life on the big screen in a new adaptation written by Michael Green and directed by Kenneth Branagh (who also stars as leading man Hercule Poirot).

The film remake stars Michelle Pfeiffer, Judi Dench, Willem Dafoe, Penélope Cruz, Derek Jacobi, Daisy Ridley, Johnny Depp, Josh Gad, and Leslie Odom, Jr. as the passengers aboard the titular train—and eventual murder suspects. (The stage version of the Christie tale was recently mounted at New Jersey’s McCarter Theatre, in an adaptation penned by Ken Ludwig. The play will subsequently run February 15–March 18, 2018, at the Hartford Stage.)

After winning the Tony Award for his portrayal of Aaron Burr in Hamilton, the motion picture marks Odom, Jr.’s major film debut. Gad is a Tony nominee for his work in The Book of Mormon, though he lately has been appearing in screen musicals such as Disney’s animated Frozen as Olaf and in the live-action Beauty and the Beast as Lefou. Branagh is an acclaimed theatre director and founded the Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company in London in 2015.

Murder on the Orient Express hits theatres nationwide November 10.

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Associated Press (Lindsey Bahr)

Chicago Tribune (Michael Phillips)

Dallas Morning News (Britton Peele)

Entertainment Weekly (Leah Greenblatt)

Globe and Mail (Kate Taylor)

Hollywood Reporter (Todd McCarthy)

Los Angeles Times (Justin Chang)

New York Times (Glenn Kenny)

Newsday (Rafer Guzman)

NPR (Ella Taylor)

Philadelphia Inquirer (Gary Thompson)

Rolling Stone (Peter Travers)

San Francisco Chronicle (Mick LaSalle)

Seattle Times (Moira MacDonald)

The Wrap (Todd Gilchrist)

Time Out (Anna Smith)

USA Today (Brian Truitt)

Variety (Peter Debruge)

Wall Street Journal (Joe Morgenstern)

Washington Post (Stephanie Merry)

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