The Mirror Crack'd
The Mirror Crack'd (1980)

Angela Lansbury takes over the legacy of Margaret Rutherford as Agatha Christie's dogged sleuth Miss Marple in The Mirror Crack'd. The story takes place on a film set in a small British town in the 1950s. Elizabeth Taylor plays a… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: December 19, 1980
DVD Release Date: August 6, 2002
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Critic Score: 69% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Gary Arnold
Washington Post

The Christie plot ends up so drastically foreshortened that you'd swear a reel must have been misplaced, although the sluggish direction of Guy Hamilton doesn't make one anxious to see it restored.

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Variety Staff

A nostalgic throwback to the genteel British murder mystery pix of the 1950s.

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J.R. Southall

For the more hard-line Christie aficionados, Hamilton's film is likely to be just a little too casual in its adaptation. For the less discriminating, it's a blast.

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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine

The good lines make Mirror more fun to watch than it has any right to be.

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Don Macpherson
Time Out

Though it's obvious after five minutes that this is a complete no-no, the cinema equivalent of a bellyflop, it exercises a perverse fascination

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TV Guide

The big-name cast is a great, nostalgic throwback to the 1950s, when its players' names -- Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, Kim Novak, Tony Curtis -- graced giant theater marquees.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

For all her prolificacy, Agatha Christie relied too often on one particular plot twist, and as soon as you recognize her old favorite here, the film loses all interest.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

Both Miss Taylor and Miss Novak, as larger-than-life silver-screen rivals of a certain age, get all wound up for some fancy, high-toned tongue-lashings, but the material isn't up to their power.

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[A] classic murder mystery drama.

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Flixster Audience Score: 46% Flixster User Reviews
Christian C
An all-star cast usually indicates a lack of substance in a film -- one that relies on flashiness over story telling. The Mirror Crack'd is no exception.… More
jay nixon
Kim Novak is the standout here with a wonderfully droll performance, but the picture borders on poor taste sticking as closely as it does to the Gene Tierney… More
Aj V
As usual with a star studded cast, your focus gets lost, and the story gets boring. Other than that, the mystery is pretty interesting. If you're a fan… More
Lafe Fredbjornson
Elizabeth Taylor is quite a spectacle here, playing a character much like her own self. Angela Lansbury as Marple is awesome. The suspects: Tony Curtis, Rock… More
Ken Stachnik
A little slow in the start, and a little flabby in the middle, but like most Agatha Christie adaptions, the ending is quite the doozy.
Sunil Jawahir
Most of the cast does a terrible job trying to convince us that they're anyone other than who they actually are.