Murder by Numbers
Murder by Numbers (2002)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: September 24, 2002
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31%
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Critic Score: 31% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

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

Mark Caro
Chicago Tribune

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

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Dennis Lim
Village Voice

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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Greg Maki
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)

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

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F.X. Feeney
L.A. Weekly

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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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Predictable thriller is definitely not for kids.

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

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

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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer

It's well worth catching for its interesting twists on the Leopold and Loeb story.

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Judith Egerton
Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)

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

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John R. McEwen
Film Quips Online

The literal cliffhanger ending is far too overblown to be convincing, but most of what comes before it deserves praise.

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Flixster Audience Score: 50% Flixster User Reviews
Film Crazy
A watchable thriller, but lacks real excitement! Bullock is great as always a watchable sunday movie!
Luke Baldock
Murder by Numbers is certainly a by the numbers thriller. Two teenagers plan out the perfect murder. Just like the Hitchcock classic, Rope. Unlike that film,… More
Red Lats
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… More
Candy Rose
Two high school students plot and carry out perfect murders but hot on their tail is Cassie (Sandra) a detective. The movie has a good plot.
Lady D'arbanville
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… More
Dean !
A good, enjoyable thriller about the perfect crime.