Critics love John Malkovich's new Poirot but he divides viewers

John Malkovich as Poirot (Credit: BBC)
John Malkovich as Poirot (Credit: BBC)

US actor John Malkovich premiered his take on Agatha Christie’s Poirot last night on the BBC, in the first of new series The ABC Murders.

The star of movies like Dangerous Liaisons and Being John Malkovich assumed the character of the Belgian detective investigating a serial murderer.

Critics have lauded his performance as a man lost in his own vanity and past his best professionally, with The Guardian calling Malkovich’s performance ‘magnificent’.

Jim Shelley in The Daily Mail said that Malkovich was ‘never less than entertaining’.

And many viewers loved it too (including celebrity vicar/former ballroom star Richard Coles).

Meanwhile, Rupert Grint’s stint as Inspector Crome got some plaudits too.

But some remained less convinced. Though, the main criticism appears to be that he’s simply not David Suchet, who inhabited the character for decades on ITV.

It returns tonight on BBC One at 9pm.

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