Murder by Numbers Reviews

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Todd McCarthy
Variety
July 9, 2008
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Derek Adams
Time Out
February 9, 2006
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
August 9, 2002
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Mark Caro
Chicago Tribune
July 20, 2002
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Arizona Republic
June 13, 2002
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F.X. Feeney
L.A. Weekly
June 1, 2002
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.
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Atlanta Journal-Constitution
May 23, 2002
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
May 17, 2002
It's well worth catching for its interesting twists on the Leopold and Loeb story.
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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
April 28, 2002
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Dennis Lim
Village Voice
April 23, 2002
As long as Schroeder stays with the kids, the film musters a good deal of restless tabloid intensity, and even the occasional twinge of pathos.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
April 22, 2002
Bullock is good, the script is not.
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
April 20, 2002
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
April 19, 2002
Turns potentially forgettable formula into something strangely diverting.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
April 19, 2002
Murder by Numbers' isn't a great movie, but it's a perfectly acceptable widget.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
April 19, 2002
[Gayton's script] telegraphs every discovery and layers on the gloss of convenience.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
April 19, 2002
There's nothing really wrong with Murder by Numbers -- it's just that you've seen it all before.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
April 19, 2002
A respectable but uninspired thriller that's intelligent and considered in its details, but ultimately weak in its impact.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
April 19, 2002
A preposterously dull thriller.
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
April 19, 2002
Doesn't add up to much.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
April 19, 2002
This is Sandra Bullock at her teasing, wonder woman best.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Houston Chronicle
April 19, 2002
This should've been called Moviemaking by the Numbers. That would be a truthful description.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
April 19, 2002
Murder by Numbers gives Sandra Bullock her best role in recent memory.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
April 19, 2002
Fans of CSI and Patricia Cornwell novels are not likely to find Murder by Numbers any more convincing than the Simpson jury found blood tracings.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Steven Rosen
Denver Post
April 19, 2002
Murder By Numbers plays like two separate movies awkwardly joined together.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Paul Tatara
CNN.com
April 19, 2002
At 118 minutes, the running time allows for too much dawdling and not enough legitimate tension.
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Chris Fujiwara
Boston Globe
April 19, 2002
For much of its length, the film is plausible, if predictable and ponderous. Its strongest assets are its actors.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
April 19, 2002
What's missing in Murder by Numbers is any real psychological grounding for the teens' deviant behaviour. Being latently gay and liking to read are hardly enough.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
April 19, 2002
A mixed bag.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
April 19, 2002
Bullock does a good job here of working against her natural likability.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Mike Clark
USA Today
April 19, 2002
After an uncertain start, Murder hits and generally sustains a higher plateau with Bullock's memorable first interrogation of Gosling.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
April 18, 2002
You might think that people dumb enough to make a by-the-numbers movie about a murder would at least be smart enough not to call it Murder By Numbers.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
April 18, 2002
When Bullock is on screen, Murder by Numbers is as far away as a sleepwalker's gaze. But when Schroeder focuses on the teenagers, the film is wide awake, eye-to-eye with adolescent angst and anomie.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
April 18, 2002
Follows well-worn paths of the cops-and-psycho-killer routine.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
April 18, 2002
Though [Schroeder] makes you squirm more than you want to at the inevitable scenes of the trussed-up female murder victim, he also has the proclivity and the skill to make at least the B-picture half of 'Murder by Numbers' of more than passing interest.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
April 18, 2002
Ryan Gosling and Michael Pitt make a truly sinister pair of culprits.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
April 18, 2002
Schroeder is sometimes able to disguise his contempt for the material and elevate it into something serviceable (like Single White Female). In Murder by Numbers, though, even Schroeder can't keep his own boredom from showing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
April 18, 2002
Mediocre.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
April 17, 2002
An unpleasant though sometimes effective psychological thriller that is noteworthy for being the film in which actress Sandra Bullock has gotten her act back together.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
April 16, 2002
There are things to like about Murder By Numbers -- but, in the end, the disparate elements don't gel.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
April 10, 2002
Bullock ... seems to have nothing deeper in mind than doing a sappy big-screen version of TV's CSI.
| Original Score: 2/5