Murder on the Orient Express
Murder on the Orient Express (1974)

Like many of Agatha Christie's mysteries, Murder on the Orient Express is predicated on an actual event, in this case the Lindbergh kidnapping. In the movie, everyone on board the Orient Express seems to have concluded that hateful… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: November 22, 1974
DVD Release Date: September 7, 2004
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Critic Score: 91% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Murder, intrigue, and a star-studded cast make this stylish production of Murder on the Orient Express one of the best Agatha Christie adaptations to see the silver screen.

Jay Cocks
TIME Magazine

The idea is that everything will be more interesting if Sean Connery or Ingrid Bergman, rather than the characters they play, is suspected of having committed the foul deed. The device does not work, despite the [actors'] occasionally droll efforts.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

[A] terrifically entertaining super-valentine to a kind of whodunit that may well be one of the last fixed points in our inflationary universe.

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David Parkinson
Radio Times

This is easily the best screen adaptation of an Agatha Christie whodunnit and, for those unfamiliar with either book or film, the solution will take your breath away.

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Variety Staff

Agatha Christie's 1934 Hercule Poirot novel has been filmed for the first time in a bygone film style as it seems to be some treasure out of a time capsule.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Lumet overcomes his difficulties in great style, and we're never for a moment confused (except when we're supposed to be, which is most of the time).

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Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs

As with all Agatha Christie stories, the solution to the mystery is rather ingenious. You may or may not see that solution ahead of time, but it hardly matters. The real joy in her work are the questions rather than the answer.

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Chris Petit
Time Out

The formula can't fail: a first class journey on the '30s Orient Express, meticulous detail, a murder with all suspects aboard. In fact, the most suspect thing is the comfortable complacency of it all.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

[Lumet] uses the material only as a pretext for star turns, most of which turn much too heavily and much too slowly.

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TV Guide

Very enjoyable, but frankly, too many stars for its own good.

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Flixster Audience Score: 79% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
A little bit of a revenge fantasy dressed up with loads of star power. Unfortunately the story is lame and unbelievable. Still its good to see the stars out.… More
Dean King
A great Agatha Christie story but this version looks a little dated now.
Chris Weber
This is a film adaptation of one of many of Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot stories, and it's one star studded affair. This particular caper… More
Aj V
I recently saw this movie because there are so many great stars in it, but that's not always a good idea. This movie is overloaded with stars, and lacking… More
Christian C
Great cast, but somewhat underutilized. Good mystery.
jay nixon
Great fun! The undeniably best version of any Agatha Christie novel and one of the most enjoyable films ever made. Incredible group of stars perfectly cast down… More