Murder by Numbers (2002)



Critic Consensus: A predictable police procedural that works better as a character study rather than a thriller.

Movie Info

The body of a young woman is found in a ditch in the woods of the small California coastal town of San Benito. Cassie Mayweather, the seasoned homicide detective and tenacious crime scene specialist is assigned to the case with her new partner uncover. They discover a trail of shrewdly concealed evidence that links two brilliant young men to the murder. Through the investigation, the detective discovers dark secrets in the teenagers' past that explain how the two could be capable of such cold … More

Rating: R (for violence, language, a sex scene and brief drug use)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Tony Gayton
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 24, 2002
Box Office: $31.9M
Warner Bros. Pictures - Official Site


as Cassie Mayweather

as Sam Kennedy

as Richard Haywood

as Justin Pendleton

as Lisa Mills

as Capt. Rod Cody

as Al Swanson

as Ms. Elder

as Restaurant Manager

as Mr. Chechi

as Olivia Lake

as Male Officer In Flas...

as Lab Technician

as Lawyer

as Female Officer In Fl...

as Parole Board Marshal

as Fingerprint Technici...

as Criminalist at Ray's...

as Criminalist at Ray's...

as Richard's Mother

as Paramedic

as Justin's Mother

as Uniformed Cop
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Critic Reviews for Murder by Numbers

All Critics (146) | Top Critics (40)

The outline of Murder by Numbers may be familiar, but the filmmakers and Bullock do an expert job of filling in the colors.

Full Review… | July 20, 2002
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

We're less in suspense over how (or if) the killers will be caught than we are over the question of just who this tough, hedonistic detective is.

Full Review… | June 1, 2002
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic

Predictable thriller is definitely not for kids.

Full Review… | December 26, 2010
Common Sense Media

The problem is that there's no real mystery to this mystery.

Full Review… | June 25, 2004

... It leaves you feeling that it could have been so much more.

Full Review… | January 7, 2004
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)

Lesson learned: Never ask Ben Chaplin to lose his British accent.

Full Review… | August 1, 2003
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Audience Reviews for Murder by Numbers


A watchable thriller, but lacks real excitement! Bullock is great as always a watchable sunday movie!

Film Crazy

Super Reviewer


Two teens decide to commit the perfect murder just because they can. They figure they can set it up that obviously the murder was committed by a local janitor/drug dealer. Of course Sandra Bullock just knows that it wasn't the drug dealer, and the battle of wills and more between her and the two teens is on.

Red Lats

Super Reviewer

I often wonder why this is a much loved film of mine, it's certainly not one of the best murder tales nor is it the most suspenseful of Thrillers, but I feel the reason lies in the forensic analysis and planning of a perfect murder, alongside the battle of intelligences and ego.

This is a film I've watched countless times and never grow old of Ryan Gosling's smug performance.

Lady D'arbanville

Super Reviewer

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