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  • Summary: Rachel Argyll (Anna Chancellor) is murdered and her adopted son Jack (Anthony Boyle) is sent to prison for the crime. 18 months later, just as Rachel's husband Leo Argyll (Bill Nighy) is about to marry his secretary, Gwenda Vaughan (Alice Eve), a man (Luke Treadaway) arrives saying he has anRachel Argyll (Anna Chancellor) is murdered and her adopted son Jack (Anthony Boyle) is sent to prison for the crime. 18 months later, just as Rachel's husband Leo Argyll (Bill Nighy) is about to marry his secretary, Gwenda Vaughan (Alice Eve), a man (Luke Treadaway) arrives saying he has an alibi for Jack in this latest adaptation of Agatha Christie's 1958 novel. Expand
  • Genre(s): Drama, Movie/Mini-Series, Suspense
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. Reviewed by: Matthew Gilbert
    Aug 8, 2018
    80
    It’s a smart, attractive, and well-acted version.
  2. Reviewed by: Dorothy Rabinowitz
    Aug 9, 2018
    80
    Relentlessly dark, occasionally exhausting and altogether gripping adaptation of Christie’s 1958 novel.
  3. Reviewed by: Lorraine Ali
    Aug 10, 2018
    80
    The three-episode period drama deviates from the book’s narrative yet still manages to weave an equally intriguing whodunit.
  4. Reviewed by: William Hughes
    Aug 10, 2018
    75
    It’s not subtle--and occasionally outright dumb--but it’s a gorgeous, beautifully acted bit of squalor, nevertheless.
  5. Reviewed by: Steve Greene
    Aug 10, 2018
    67
    The sense of dread and guilt that permeates each interaction, combined with the flashback structure that makes this more ghost story than murder mystery, almost makes each of the Argylls at fault in their own way.
  6. Reviewed by: Allison Keene
    Aug 8, 2018
    60
    Occasionally it’s a little too jumpy, but Ordeal by Innocence is saved, again, by gorgeous costuming and set design, with the colors coordinated in ways that make every frame an artistic expression.
  7. Ordeal by Innocence will fill your whodunit needs. And it’ll be lovely to look at in the process, because it is a gorgeous mini-series. But those lovely surfaces aren’t anchored to a propulsive enough story, so when it tries to polish, complicate, and heighten the usual Christie tropes--the flashbacks, the looping story structure, and the fascination with beautiful images of dripping blood and foreshortened statuary--the whole thing feels overwrought.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 3
  2. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Aug 14, 2018
    8
    Couldn't stop watching this... a real fun who-done-it if you are into that and the cast was superb!
  2. Aug 10, 2018
    5
    Cast is top notch, though the endeavor is dragged out over three hour long episodes which in this case is two hours too long. Not nearly asCast is top notch, though the endeavor is dragged out over three hour long episodes which in this case is two hours too long. Not nearly as good as last years BBC Agatha Christie : And Then There Were None. Expand
  3. Aug 12, 2018
    4
    more than 3 hours for what would have been a 60-70min "telefilm" in the old days. The acting and production is (very) good but some scenesmore than 3 hours for what would have been a 60-70min "telefilm" in the old days. The acting and production is (very) good but some scenes are totally gratuitous and flat-out boring, which kills the tension and what makes the Agatha Christie style. By the third episode I was fast forwarding the whole thing. Expand