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Murder by Numbers Reviews

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 26, 2010
Predictable thriller is definitely not for kids.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
August 1, 2003
Lesson learned: Never ask Ben Chaplin to lose his British accent.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
John R. McEwen
Film Quips Online
February 8, 2003
The literal cliffhanger ending is far too overblown to be convincing, but most of what comes before it deserves praise.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Matthew Turner
October 30, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
October 26, 2002
Director Barbet Schroeder, whose Barfly (1987) remains one of the most memorable in my mental filmbank, shoots this script with the kind of concentrated power that turns every scene into the most effective tool emotionally as well as expositionally.
Jon Niccum
Lawrence Journal-World
August 22, 2002
There are times when the movie plays like a version of Alfred Hitchcock's Rope if the Jimmy Stewart role were replaced with the team from TV's C.S.I.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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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.
| Original Score: 3/4
Luis Martinez
June 22, 2002
Murder by Numbers nos obliga a identificarnos no con los representantes de la ley, sino con los autores del crímen.
| Original Score: 8/10
June 7, 2002
The story has some nice twists but the ending and some of the back-story is a little tired. The performances are all solid; it merely lacks originality to make it a great movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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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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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
May 17, 2002
It's well worth catching for its interesting twists on the Leopold and Loeb story.
Blake French
May 16, 2002
...the plot weaves us into a complex web.
| Original Score: 3/4
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
May 6, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Doris Toumarkine
Film Journal International
April 30, 2002
Murder by Numbers is a handsome production that isn't Oscar bait, but will surely hook sizeable audiences.
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
April 24, 2002
Some will not like this film because it doesn't offer easy answers. It doesn't have the usual, pat Hollywood ending.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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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.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
April 22, 2002
The conventional crime film seems lively when it isn't trying too hard to be so cute.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Dustin Putman
April 20, 2002
A psychological thriller that is as thoroughly involving and taut as it is intelligently written.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Rick Bentley
Fresno Bee
April 19, 2002
An interesting psychological game of cat-and-mouse, three-dimensional characters and believable performances all add up to a satisfying crime drama.
| Original Score: B-
Staci Layne Wilson
Fantastica Daily
April 19, 2002
Murder by Numbers isn't a mystery -- we know whodunit right away -- the fun of it is in guessing how they did it, if they plan on doing it again, and whether or not they'll get caught.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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