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In this classic Agatha Christie detective story, former diplomat Charles Hayward has returned from Cairo to London to become a private detective. When Aristide Leonides, a wealthy and ruthless tycoon, is poisoned in his own bed, Detective Hayward is invited to solve the crime. As the investigation deepens he must confront the shocking realization that one of the key suspects is Aristede’s beautiful granddaughter, his employer and former lover; and must keep a clear head to navigate the sultry Sophia and the rest of her hostile family.

Also Known As: Vildakas maja, Mistero a Crooked House, Δέκα Υποπτοι για Φόνο, Crooked House, Скрюченный домишко, La casa torcida, La maison biscornue d'après Agatha Christie, Çarpik Evdeki Cesetler, Das krumme Haus, Bei't ha'mezimot, Dom zbrodni, A Casa Torta, A ferde ház

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  • jimmie
    Jimmie

    Movies play ok when it’s above 50 degrees outside but when it’s cold outside say below 45 degrees can’t get any movies on this site to play. it be great if you could fix this movies not playing in cold weather thing. I should be able to watch movies here 12/12 months not just 4 months out of the year.

  • ella-mae10
    Ella Mae10

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  • dudas-iren
    dudas iren

    Full of famous actors who all do extremely well. Glenn Close particularly good with a superb British accent. Didn’t know she could do that! Last half hour is gripping. Slow at times but stay with it.

  • dr-sean-fisher
    dr sean fisher

    An entertaining, suspenseful adaptation of the book.

  • shannon-white-chambers
    shannon white chambers

    This probably isn’t a fair review as I only lasted 35 minutes in to this film.It was just awful. Arch, self-conscious performances (sorry, even Glenn Close) – dark interiors, a precocious child actress, stiff dialogue… This story has so much potential but everything about this film was dark, depressing, self-absorbed and dull, dull, dull. Most of the acting was awful.This story needs a much lighter and more skilful touch to make it work. Deeply disappointing.

  • daniel-svoboda
    daniel svoboda

    I must admit I haven’t read the book and so can’t compare this.Despite a stellar cast the film manages to be plodding and very boring.Worst of all is Max Irons who so lacks screen presence that he seems to suck the life out of every scene he appears in – which is unfortunately most of the scenes in the film.Just check out the scenes where he appears with the child actress and note how her charisma totally outshines him.Sorry but this film whilst having high production values lacks just about everything else including enjoyment.

  • juan-manuel-jose-rozas-rosello
    juan manuel jose rozas rosello

    A beautiful film that does not forget that its purpose as a murder mystery is to intrigue and thrill an audience. Definitely worth seeing in theaters to experience the amazing production design, which is supported by a strong cast that re-create an authentic Agatha Christie experience. Bravo!

  • allison-lynch
    allison lynch

    Anytime you have a mystery, you want the audience to feel like they are part of the process. Where the viewer feels like they could have solved the mystery with the right amount of motivation. That is why, in most mystery movies, you have a character that is unique and even quirky, a person that stands out above others. However in this tale, you have a bland, uninteresting guy making each scene feel long and boring. Max Irons, that plays the detective, is mundane and even dusty, in the role that makes the story drag on like waiting at the emergency room admitting office. The entire movie, except for some scenes near the end, almost became unwatchable as drab performances and ill-timed background music filled the film. A movie mystery from an interesting book was turned into a long walk in a small platoon of trees.This movie did have a number of great actors but it was obvious they were not used to their potential. And with the script going from one suspect to another suspect in a matter of minutes, the viewer only got a small potion of each character background right before changing to another scene with another character actor. For an Agatha Christie mystery, this film was lacking the excitement that was expected.

  • nieves-salom
    nieves salom

    It took me a while to realize who the woman was who was cutting up the scenery with her curt remarks and selfish behavior. Gillian I loved you in this, it took me aback because it was so not your previous acting parts. Very clever who done it. Watching over again right now.. Love, Kevin. It.

  • christiane-millet
    christiane millet

    …. unfair reviews, great acting, great stars and very stylish. Well made piece of film, great music score, fast paced from start to finish! Give it a watch, don’t listen to the trolls, i loved it!

  • else-vogt-solzer
    else vogt solzer

    We’d not watched this before, despite growing up with Agatha Christie books as a teenager. Glenn Close’s aristocratic British accent was nearly perfect. Thoroughly entertaining.

  • jyntii-loknaattyon
    jyntii loknaattyon

    There’s nothing I love more than a good whodunnit. And because I’ve never read any of Agatha Christie’s novels I get to watch each of her film adaptions fresh, with no prior knowledge of how they end. I was treated to that last year with the 2017 adaption of ‘Murder on the Orient Express’ and now here with ‘Crooked House’ and while I very much enjoyed both films, I would have to say I preferred ‘Crooked House’ (much to my surprise).First of all, what a cast! Maybe not quite as A-list as ‘Murder on the Orient Express’ but arguably a better set of actors. Glenn Close in particular was a scene stealer. The charisma she possesses is almost second to none. It’s criminal that she has never won an Oscar. There really wasn’t a weak-link in the cast at all though. Perhaps not every scene is of the same incredibly high standard as the last, but it’s still a heck of an effort all round.The story though was just terrific. Apparently this was Christie’s favourite novel out of her own work and I can see why. A delectable cast of characters, all with motives and all with the personalities to do such a dastardly thing. As an audience member it is just so much fun running through each character and the likelihood that they did the deed, basically playing detective yourself. That’s what the best whodunnits allow you to do. This was undoubtedly the best whodunnit I’ve seen in a long time and it is a film that I would highly recommend.

  • rachel-williams
    rachel williams

    This film is really excellent! It’s darker than the usual Agatha Christie. You have all the family members, brought to life by these wonderful performances by the likes of Glenn Close, Christina Hendricks, and Gillan Anderson –and everyone hates each other. And somehow, this gorgeous Max Irons, by not playing the stereotypical macho detective, adds a realistic sense of tension and pathos, as he struggles to solve the case and figure out his relationship with the victim’s granddaughter –beautifully played by Stefani Martini.

  • levi-jones
    levi jones

    If you want to spoil an Agatha Christie story, transfer it to the screen exactly as written, with all the earnest endless talk, cardboard characters and everyone taking themselves absolutely seriously. Then if you want to make the film really hopeless, add a few extraneous anachronistic bits which contribute zero to the plot – the Mafia, the CIA, a Sam Spade-like private investigator in 1950s Soho whose father had been a policeman and mysteriously murdered, nope, this one will be neither detailed further nor resolved nor relevant to anything at all… Can you possibly go more wrong if you were doing it on purpose? And get the aforementioned ‘Sam Spade’ character to be essayed by one Max Irons, an actor probably not destined for glory, first because he’s prone to puckering his face a lot and keeping mouth open when in doubt, and second because he doesn’t seem to have a clue who his character is and how he landed in this particular mess. Avoid at all costs.

  • kerry-stephens
    kerry stephens

    Twisted plot and nice acting! 10/10 for a mystery movie.

  • leigh-bryant
    leigh bryant

    It is so wonderful to see Agatha Christie’s work still in demand, on the small and big screen alike. Brave to see the production team take on Crooked House, a feat never before attempted. The results are pretty good, as a novel I think Crooked House is one of her best, it is outstanding, so the story is not in question, firstly it’s quite a faithful adaptation, and they were brave enough to stick with the shock ending. The acting is excellent, Glenn Close is commanding in every single scene, showing the class act she is. Gillian Anderson and young Honor Kneafsey also impress. The settings and fashions are flawless, it looks wonderfully glamorous, and is again in keeping with the text. If I were being critical I would pick on some of the editing and cutting, at times it was a bit clunky, which is a shame because the core elements are strong.I’m always glad to see a new production from Agatha Christie’s catalogue of brilliance. More please, 7/10

  • evelien-van-egisheim
    evelien van egisheim

    I love Agatha Christie’s works, and I sometimes love the TV or movie adaptations, in this case, LOVED IT. It’s so easy in a film to give away plot elements by focusing too much on certain characters but in this one (one of the few books I hadn’t read) I was constantly kept guessing at who the murder was, which is essential in a Christie adaptation, the whole point is to be guessing until the last chapter, or in this case scene, which the film did beautifully. Every single character had a motive or motives to be the murderer and they portrayed that really well, in some films it’s really obvious that they are only focusing on one or two people and then throw you a curve ball and present a character that has two minutes screen time and no real personality, and you leave feeling cheated because you never could have guessed or figured it out yourself. The best part in this film was that moment, when the murderer was revealed and I thought ‘Of course, I should have seen that’.

  • leonard-busko
    leonard busko

    As I write this, the five first reviewers all praise this film, they write in the exact same style, and they have all been a member on IMDb for less than two weeks.This is just undermining the whole meaning of film watching. This film is nothing special, the book was much better. This story has one of the British crime literature most amazing killer. A killer, that does so because he/she is a sociopath, and feels joy by killing anyway in the way. No boring motives, like money, sex or jealousy.

  • deborah-mason-roberts
    deborah mason roberts

    Agatha Christie’s this detective fiction first published in 1949 and this is its first film adaptation. Haven’t read the original novel yet, so can’t tell how well they have adapted it here but found it pretty entertaining with great production value and great cast including Christina Hendricks, Gillian Anderson (couldn’t recognize her first!), Glenn Close, Terence Stamp and Julian Sands. May be because it wasn’t one of her popular Hercule Poirot or Miss Marple stories, there wasn’t much charms of solving the mystery with clue by clue. Still it was enjoyable as it also offered one of her signature & most engaging mystery format…a gorgeous mansion of a wealthy Britt family and the house full of suspicious characters who each may got his/her own motive for the murder(s) and of course, with a nice surprise at the final revelation; particularly this story came with a real shocker!

  • emily-weaver
    emily weaver

    What I love about Agatha Christie novels is that under the elegance is always a dark secret. I read Crooked House many years ago, and I loved this adaptation. The scenes are beautifully set in the family’s manor house and 50’s London. The cast, from Glenn Close as the family matriarch to Max Irons, who does a great job as the young detective with an old soul, is excellent. They manage to make each character its own mystery, which contributes to the suspense as you try to figure out who the murderer is. The style makes it both typical of Christie and reminiscent of film noir, with a touch of Downton Abbey.

  • cameron-ramirez
    cameron ramirez

    Great cast, excelllent plot, and an unexpected ending. Add in a very good script and perfect scenery. From my experience it’s one of Agatha Christie’s best. My only two concerns were that the volume of the sound rose to ear piercing levels when any music came on, and there were so many characters that I sometimes got confused as to who was married to who and the relationships between them.

  • laura-rogers
    laura rogers

    One of the most faithful adaptations of a Christie novel I’ve ever seen. It was well cast, the production was beautiful, and I got the sense that it tried to stay true to the point of the book. It really drove home the way different types of ruthlessness and selfishness express themselves, and how that formed the killer. Who, of course, is not someone you’d suspect.

  • moiseev-boris-tarasovich
    moiseev boris tarasovich

    I mourn the movie this could have been in the hands of someone who knew what they were doing. This is below Lifetime-Movie-of-the-week levels of skill. Film-school style camera tracking. Terrible screen wipes. It’s too distracting to make this enjoyable. Shame since the actors are usual great.

  • jennifer-merritt
    jennifer merritt

    I enjoyed the film. That is personal choice, which I imagine is the whole point of a review. I was not aware that as suggested by one reviewer, an opinion was any less valid because ” five reviewers have only been members for two weeks ” or because another reviewer is such an expert on Agatha Christie, that they think the author is a ” HE ” and this was ” his favourite work “. in itself odd, given that Christie herself frequently said it would be ” And then there were none ” ? I enjoyed the film, that does not guarantee that everyone will. But at least watch it, then you will know. OK ?

  • katherine-martinez
    katherine martinez

    Agatha Christie is one of my all-time favourite authors, and, while ‘Crooked House’ is personally not one of my favourites of her books, it is not hard at all to see why she herself thought very highly of it (one of her favourites reputedly). It is a terrific book with a dark atmosphere, a lot of suspense, even more unexpected and delicious red herrings and twists, well-defined characters, a strong mystery and one of her most shocking and most ballsy endings. She didn’t have one quite like this, with a murderer that one does not expect with a quite frightening motivation.Can totally understand the mixed reception for this 2017 film adaptation of ‘Crooked House’, both from book purists and especially for those not familiar with the source material. Was very mixed on it myself, there are worse Agatha Christie adaptations as well as much better. As an adaptation, it is not exactly dumbed down, nor is it a complete re-write like some of the Geraldine McEwen adaptations. In fact, there are a lot of recognisable elements as well as having things that add nothing. On the flip side, ‘Crooked House’ feels bland, as an adaptation and as a standalone (a lot of the criticisms unusually this time round have actually come from those unfamiliar with the book beforehand). It lacks the suspense of the book, much tighter direction would have helped in particularly Hayward’s backstory scenes, which felt like irrelevant padding and slowed the story down in what was already a film that was prone to pedestrian direction. What it also lacks is the well-defined characterisation, here with so many suspects one doesn’t really get to know most of them. The characters that the film focuses most on are also the least interesting, while others especially Laurence are so underwritten that one forgets they are even there most of the time. The most interesting characters are actually Edith and Josephine. Max Irons is a dull, charmless lead and shares very little chemistry with Stefanie Martini as Sophia, who plays the character with charm and allure but could have brought a harder edge. Pacing is also odd, parts do feel pedestrian while the staging of the ending is slightly rushed. There are positives with ‘Crooked House’ conversely. Apart from some sloppy editing at times, it looks wonderful. Very elegant and atmospheric, with deliciously evocative attention to period detail and sumptuous photography. The music is haunting and jaunty if occasionally a little intrusive. The script, which has a lot of talk and requires full attention all the time, is thought-provoking and droll. It is thankful that the twisty nature of the story and its darkness are still intact, the red herrings and twists fascinate and shock. Likewise with the final revelation, it was very brave to keep it intact and because it is such an ingenious ending that really makes impact in the book it would have induced fury by me if changed. Luckily it also still leaves me floored, although the film rushes the pacing and staging of it, is chilling, in some ways affecting and in Christie’s time and now it’s pretty daring.Some other scenes leave impact. There is a suitably awkward and well-staged dinner scene, while the scenes between Hayward and Josephine actually feel relevant and add a lot of intrigue to the mystery and Josephine’s character. It is something of a shame though that the difference in acting quality is obvious, young Honor Kneafsey far outshines Irons when they’re together. Other than Irons, the acting is good. Particularly from an enigmatically regal Glenn Close, gravitas-filled Terence Stamp (underused but great) and beyond her years Honor Kneafsey. Unrecognisable Gillian Anderson (looking like Cleopatra risen from the dead in mid 20th century period detail) , vampish Christina Hendricks and firm Julian Sands are also fine. Christian McKay is pretty wasted. Concluding, a crooked mixed feelings adaptation of terrific source material. 5/10 Bethany Cox

  • seleznev-mechislav-cheslavovich
    seleznev mechislav cheslavovich

    I have not read the book, so I’m unable to make comparisons. Seeing as Agatha Christie thought this to be her best book, I’m guessing the novel was 10x better than the movie.I felt the film itself moved quite slowly, despite being nearly 2 hours long. I felt myself at points losing interest. I’m thinking we needed a Marple or Poirot in this to spice it up a bit! I’m absolutely obsessed with the Poirot series; I find it thrilling, jam packed with twists, and so when I come across any Agatha Christie adaptation, I’m expecting them to live up to these high standards, but this fell short. I don’t believe there was enough time with the suspects for the audience to build cases against them. However I must say that the big reveal of the actual killer left me speechless, it made up for the rest of the movie being quite boring, otherwise my score would be a lot lower. I’d say instead of big named productions, stick to the BBC/ITV adaptations of Agatha Christie’s work….so much better.By the way Glenn Close was fab.

  • adam-redko
    adam redko

    More than 40 years after her death, the almighty Mrs. Agatha Christie is more alive than she ever was! I’ve been a massive fan of her work since many, many years, so you can imagine how ecstatic I am with this Christie-revival. The BBC still regularly produces fancy mini-series based on her work (recently there was another great version of “And then there were none”, starring Sam Neill and Charles Dance) and within one and the same year there were no less than two large-budgeted film productions with impressive cast ensembles. Kenneth Brannagh played it safe, with another umpteenth but nevertheless enjoyable interpretation of “Murder on the Orient Express”, but most of all I was looking forward to the very first adaptation of the fantastically bonkers – and Agatha’s personal favorite – story “Crooked House”. At first, I was a bit concerned regarding the choice of director. The French born Gilles Paquet-Brenner’s first film “Walled In” really sucked, and he didn’t do a very impressive job transferring Gillian Flynn’s powerful novel “Dark Places” into a compelling thriller, neither. But hey, maybe it’s because I’m biased regarding the source material, but “Crooked House” nevertheless became a good old-fashioned and absorbing mystery-whodunit with a stellar cast, lovely decors and a thoroughly ominous atmosphere. But it’s the phenomenal story that is domineering here. Like I said, I’m biased, but if the novel is faithfully adapted it’s difficult to ruin a good Agatha Christie tale. If you haven’t read the novel or read any plot spoilers, I dare you to guess the denouement! The dead of 76-year-old family patriarch and self-made millionaire Aristide Leonidès quickly turns into murder when it’s discovered that his insulin got replaced by a lethal poison. Leonidès large and entire family, including a sexy young wife and a sister-in-law from his previous marriage, all live together at the immense family estate and, in familiar Agatha Christie style, each had a motive to murder the overbearing old man. His beloved granddaughter Sophie enlists the help of private detective, with whom she had a brief romantical history in Cairo, but he doesn’t make a lot of progress in unmasking the culprit. For people who aren’t as obsessed with Agatha Christie than me, “Crooked House” is perhaps slightly overlong and admittedly it takes too long before the second obligatory incident occurs. Meanwhile, however, there are many great dialogues and a continuously mounting suspense to enjoy. The young cast members (Max Irons, Stefanie Martini, Honor Kneafsey) do a more than adequate job, and it’s always a pleasure to see some veterans, like Glenn Close, Terence Stamp and Julian Sands.