Death on the Nile First Reactions

Welcome to the first-ever first reactions from our Ripe Banana film critics. A few critics saw an advance screening of Death on the Nile and shared their thoughts below. Do you plan on checking out the film? Let us know if you are!

What is the Banana Meter scale, you ask? 

When a film hits above 85% or higher from our critics, it means it hit Bonafide Bananas status.
When a film hits between 55-84% or higher from our critics, it means it hit Ripe status.
When the film hits under 55%, it means it hit Sour Status.

Our Critics First Reaction to Death on the Nile

Here is what our Ripe Banana Critics are saying about the film:

Edward Douglas

Banana Meter Rating: 70%

Despite some pacing issues, Death on the Nile looks glorious, offers a great ensemble cast, and a final act that Agatha Christie fans should greatly admire.

Matt Neglia

Banana Meter Rating: 30%

I enjoyed DEATH ON THE NILE less than Murder On The Orient Express. A deadly serious tone with inconsistent cinematography & visual effects. Kenneth Branagh’s Hercule Poirot remains a definite delight & Russell Brand is unrecognizable. I saw the plot twist coming a mile away.

Ricky Valero

Banana Meter Rating: 20%

Overall, Murder on the Nile is a two-hour and seven-minute waste of your time. From the terrible CGI to the bad acting to the rough script, I wholeheartedly believe you can skip this one

Scott Davis

Banana Meter Rating: 30%

As dry as the desert surrounding it, “Nile” throws the panache and drama from its predecessor overboard in favour of a cumbersome, overwrought and dull whodunit bathed in awful CGI landscapes, horrible editing and misjudged direction as well as a plethora of poor performances (only Mackey, Okonedo and French&Saunders save it).

Dom Fisher

Banana Meter Rating: 60%

Despite its top-notch cast, the film harbors a confusing tone along with a thinly veiled mystery. What should’ve been an impressive and exciting whodunnit, is unfortunately just okay.

Andrew Korpan

Banana Meter Rating: 65%

A fun cast and some nice cinematography cannot make up for the fact that Death on the Nile hides its twist with roughly the same amount of subtlety as the Little Rascals sneaking into a movie theater.

Aaron L. White

Banana Meter Rating: 80%

Very much liked this; much more than “Orient Express” in fact. Obviously great production value. Goes much deeper on Poirot. Mixes mystery + drama + humor + a bit of action well, and despite predicting the twisty whodunit about midway through, there were more surprises to be had and I still thoroughly enjoyed it to the conclusion. Oh, and mustache origin story!

Larry Chilson

Banana Meter Rating: 30%

Kenneth Branagh never settles in on a tone that works with Death On the Nile, delivering an uneven film that struggles to maintain intrigue as it plods along to finally get to the reason we are all here: the murder mystery! Add to that a showcase of sloppy cinematography, visual effects and editing and the mystery of a fun film was left unsolved.

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