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The Oxford Murders (2008)

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When an elderly woman is viciously murdered in Oxford, her body is discovered by two strangers whose lives are immediately changed forever: Arthur Seldom (John Hurt), a prestigious professor of logic, and Martin (Elijah Wood), a young graduate student who has just arrived at the university hoping to be Seldom's pupil. It quickly becomes clear that hers is the first in a series of increasingly bizarre murders, with each victim's corpse marked by strange symbols. Professor and student join forces

Oct 5, 2010

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This purported whodunit thriller never solves its main mystery: How and why did this film get made in the first place?

August 13, 2010 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Comment (1)
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A polished but verbose whodunit that's surprisingly buttoned-down given helmer Alex de la Inglesia's rep for comicbook wackiness.

May 22, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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Hurt sells the silliness almost convincingly, but even from such a skillful pitchman it comes out sounding, finally, like junk.

August 13, 2010 Full Review Source: San Francisco Examiner
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A math- and symbology-tinged thriller adapted by director Álex de la Iglesia, and pitched at a breakneck, didactic clip, absent any sensible, modulated emotional investment in the characters or material.

August 9, 2010 Full Review Source: Shared Darkness
Shared Darkness

The Scooby Doo ending requires nearly ten minutes of explanation and negates the need to follow the previous 90 minutes. It's also preceded by one character stating, "In life, nobody bothers explaining anything." Well, except in this movie.

August 8, 2010 Full Review Source: Examiner.com
Examiner.com

So bad it's good, then? Alas, the whole thing is uncomfortable and boring, scotching any ironic enjoyment of its awfulness.

August 5, 2010 Full Review Source: Oregonian
Oregonian

A wonderfully compelling mess of a movie. It's tricky trying to bond Hitchcockian flair with lecture hall semantics, but the director works his tricks with ace visual consideration.

July 24, 2010 Full Review Source: BrianOrndorf.com
BrianOrndorf.com

Disappointing, badly plotted thriller, let down by some dodgy acting, poor direction and a script that makes The Da Vinci Code look like a masterpiece.

May 1, 2008 Full Review Source: ViewLondon
ViewLondon

The murders are simply chalk marks on a blackboard with no build-up and little fallout.

April 29, 2008 Full Review Source: BBC

Not so terrible that you can understand why it's been practically buried by its distributors, but you can get better ridiculous whodunits on TV.

April 28, 2008 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
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Audience Reviews for The Oxford Murders

If your a Math person you might enjoy this I didn;t, Just to much senless stuff to make it interesting 3 stars
November 5, 2012
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The Oxford Murders is a DaVinci-esque mystery involving murder, deceit, jealousy, and even Pythagoras. If that sounds too convoluted, then we're in agreement. It involves the limits of mathematics and the meaning of truth as well as sub-plots, but it bogs down in labryninthian details. Elijah Wood was adequate and John Hurt was magnificent as usual, but I enjoyed Lenor Watling's performance most. I, like Watling's character Lorna, grew exasperated with Wood's and Hurt's characters. It was entertaining, but when the conclusion or mystery's unraveling must be painstakingly explained, something's wrong. Maybe I'm just not Pythagorean enough to get it.
September 28, 2012
Clintus M.
Clintus Maximus

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The film tries awfully hard to sell itself as a "smart" film by densely packing the script with big words and setting itself at Oxford with actors speaking with posh British accents, but it's really just a poorly-acted, miserably-directed farce whose purpose is only to make idiots think themselves members of Mensa for having understood what John Hurt or Elijah Wood was saying. The word choice in the script, Wood's lines especially, attempt to make the characters sound like the Oxonians they supposedly are, but everything that comes out of their mouths is really nothing but pure idiocy. Truly an awful, awful film.
July 10, 2011
rjayhutchinson

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An intriguing movie. A decent film for the intellectual, I guess, but confusing if math is not a strong point. Wood is an alright actor; much better when he was younger though, in my opinion. It is worth watching if you are interested, but PAY ATTENTION! Or you will be confused, like me...
January 25, 2011
itsjustme2004

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    1. Arthur Seldom: The butterfly that flutters it's wings and causes a hurricane on the other side of the world.
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