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Agatha Christie's Crooked House

6.31 h 54 min2017X-Ray12
Based on the novel by Agatha Christie, private detective Charles Hayward is invited to solve a gruesome crime where nobody is above suspicion.
Gilles Paquet-Brenner
Christina HendricksGillian AndersonGlenn Close
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Max IronsTerence StampAmanda AbbingtonStefanie MartiniJulian SandsRoger Ashton-GriffithsChristian McKay
Joe AbramsJames SpringSally Wood
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4.2 out of 5 stars

886 global ratings

  1. 54% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 23% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 14% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 4% of reviews have 2 stars
  5. 5% of reviews have 1 stars
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Jeroesja GlausiuszReviewed in the United Kingdom on 25 May 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
True to form
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Some reviewers found it not more worth than 4 stars, based on the not very well developed characters. As the characters in Agatha's books were never that well developed, and written purely to serve as entertainment, albeit clever entertainment, this should not reflect badly on this film. This film has all got the right interpretation and animation of the characters, the things are never overstated or overplayed, nor under stated and underplayed. The script adhered very well to the book, and was even so very well viewable, which in my opinion made for a well made and entertaining film. I t would be good if either the directors of this film and/or cast would go go to make the rest of the series Agatha Christie wrote.
23 people found this helpful
longsummerReviewed in the United Kingdom on 07 April 2018
4.0 out of 5 stars
Plush, comfortable, de luxe Christie
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If you have a wet Sunday afternoon to kill then "Crooked House" will not disappoint. Well, Glenn Close puts in a definitive performance as steely aristocrat Lady Edith de Haviland and seeing Terence Stamp and Julian Sands back on the screen is a delight, with their typically mannered delivery working well within the Christie milieu. Max Irons and Stefanie Martini are appealingly natural and although Christina Hendricks seemed lost to me, Gillian Anderson makes up for this with a splendidly unhinged Mada.

Ideal for the time on a Winter Sunday that used to be dedicated to Ski Sunday, although a quick listen to the "Pop Looks Bach" theme music may have just the same effect (particularly if joined with pot of Earl Grey and a crumpet or two.)
16 people found this helpful
Mr. A. T. JonesReviewed in the United Kingdom on 09 October 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Cannot understand the slating
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OK, not the fastest of action, but then maybe those who found it so pedestrian should stick to American NCIS or other rip along US dramas. Christie did not go in for racy Tom Cruise style action, after all she was writing about a period of time when British life was more leisurely and slower paced and actors like Cruise were probably not even an unfortunate twinkle in some bloke's eye. The "who dunnit" perpetrator's denouement was concealed until almost the last very dramatic few frames. We really enjoyed the film and did not feel we wasted our time. I must say there was almost an aura of Hill House and The Haunting, modern colour version, though of course no supernatural happenings.
11 people found this helpful
William HallReviewed in the United Kingdom on 08 June 2022
2.0 out of 5 stars
Agatha with a yawn or two
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(No spoilers). This Agatha Christie plot has no Miss Marple and no Poirot and, unfortunately, no credible replacement. It seems ridiculous that, in order to investigate a possible murder, the police should send a private investigator into a rich family house, where he is clearly not welcome. There are too many family members who have so little individual screen time that it is difficult to distinguish between them. They all come across as a bitter, warring lot, which makes for endless arguing. Apart from Gillian Anderson and Glenn Close, the large cast are 'B level' celebrities and sadly lacking in charisma. There is also an excruciating child actor who needs urgent tuition in clear diction. At no time are you tempted to think that this person or that person is the guilty party because clues to the murder are in short supply. Of course, someone has to be arrested by incompetent police on the flimsiest of circumstantial evidence, this time planted on the roof of all places.
Because this is all set in a huge mansion the scene is in constant semi-darkness, which adds to the exasperation caused by the plot. It is partly written by Julian Fellowes, who usually brings some lightness to the affair. Here it's all dull. One reviewer has said that the film sticks closely to the book, in which case Agatha possibly is to blame.
vic79ukReviewed in the United Kingdom on 30 November 2021
2.0 out of 5 stars
A bit disappointing considering the cast
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I’m a big fan of Agatha Christie and have always thought that her stories translate well to the screen. I was excited to see this adaptation with such a strong cast and expected really high production values.

I liked the claustrophobic feel of the house and the way the family operated. The resentment felt by key family members was palpable and the sense of them being controlled by a spiteful patriarch was effective. However the acting was across the board quite awful. It was like so dreadful pantomime where the cast had been told to just camp it up. The character development was non existent- important details about characters were rushed and dynamics between different parts of the family were under developed and unsatisfying.

Worst of all though the whole story felt rushed and the plot didn’t develop at any kind of suspenseful pace. Even the ending just finished with no time given to take in the actions of the murderer.

Don’t waste your money on this one. Much better Agatha Christie adaptations out there - even the high camp Peter Ustinov ones that this effort possibly tried to steal the style of.
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AdamReviewed in the United Kingdom on 01 August 2020
2.0 out of 5 stars
BBC adaptation of Crooked House (by Agatha Christie) should have been left to ITV!
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The package arrived on time and I was eager to watch it... Everything – accents, camera work, the entire mise en scène – was awful. The solution was pathetically banal, though who knows whether the Beeb or the author are to blame for this (I shan't be reading it to find out).

Even Glenn Close, who was the sole reason I bought this DVD, was under par.

I've given it two stars: one each for Gillian Anderson and Terence Stamp who put in good performances.
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RonnieReviewed in the United Kingdom on 23 November 2018
3.0 out of 5 stars
Only good
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Predictable Christie film in many ways ; set in a Victorian pile somewhere in southern England, ghastly rich family all detesting & mistrusting one another, then a miscast Max Irons (tall, dark & handsome) enters as the private detective, ex-Corps Diplomatique, left under a slight cloud. Unlike other Agatha Christie books on film (eg And Then There Were None) this didn't completely hold my attention. Worth viewing over an hour or so on a boring Sunday in winter. And that's it.
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PamelaReviewed in the United Kingdom on 08 March 2019
3.0 out of 5 stars
Oh dear!
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We all know what to expect with Agatha Christie stories. So unless someone has just popped into existence, no one can be surprised at the particular style. What has ruined it is some terrible cast choices which have not been even able to exert themselves to a mediocre performance. Add to the fact it is set in the 1950s, and a lot of the glamour is gone.
Max Irons as Charles Hayward and Glenn Close as Lady de Haviland both are credible, watchable and worth watching.
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