The Oxford Murders 2010

The Oxford Murders

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American math student Martin transfers to Oxford in the hope of persuading renowned philosopher Arthur Seldom to oversee his thesis, but the murder of Martin's landlady plunges the pair into a mathematical mystery. Could an "unsolvable" math problem provide the answers to their murderous conundrum?

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John Hurt
Arthur Seldom
Jim Carter
Inspector
Anna Massey
Mrs. Eagleton
Alex de la Iglesia
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Alex de la Iglesia
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Jorge Guerricaechevarría
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Critic Reviews for The Oxford Murders

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (3) | Fresh (2) | Rotten (10)

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

    August 13, 2010 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…
  • 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…
  • The murders are simply chalk marks on a blackboard with no build-up and little fallout.

    April 29, 2008 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • A duly international, duly orthodox, duly commercial production. [Full review in Spanish]

    October 28, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • A poorly formulated story that's nearly impossible to understand and accept.

    August 13, 2010 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Hurt sells the silliness almost convincingly, but even from such a skillful pitchman it comes out sounding, finally, like junk.

    August 13, 2010 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Oxford Murders

  • Nov 05, 2012
    If your a Math person you might enjoy this I didn;t, Just to much senless stuff to make it interesting 3 stars
    Bruce B Super Reviewer
  • Sep 28, 2012
    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.
    Clintus M Super Reviewer
  • Jun 25, 2012
    I am a sucker for âwhodunitâ? movies. And I am an even bigger sucker for movies that have a convoluted puzzle to solve (Sherlock Holmes). Plus I canâ(TM)t get enough of it when it involves delving into mathematics and philosophy. Youâ(TM)d think Iâ(TM)d give this movie highest possible rating, but alas I must be honest. The Oxford Murders is good, it isnâ(TM)t great but it certainly isnâ(TM)t as bad as some of the other reviews Iâ(TM)ve read have let on. John Hurt turns in a great performance here and even though you donâ(TM)t see Elijah Wood pop up all that often he is always pretty consistent when he does. This movie was an awesome idea that never fully reached its full potential in my humble opinion. But I must admit that I am such a sucker for the kind of discussion we see in the first five minutes of the film that I wish I could have just watched two hours of that. The movie lags at certain points, and some portions of the movie seemed a bit pointless and just distracted from the overall narrative. And it should be noted that the plot does get extremely convoluted and the mystery twists and turns and it should also be noted that if you donâ(TM)t follow along easily you will get lost. In the end this movie looks great, has good performances, and is technically well put together but depending on your tastes youâ(TM)ll either enjoy it or fall asleep half way through.
    Anthony L Super Reviewer
  • Jul 10, 2011
    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.
    Jay H Super Reviewer

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