Murder by Numbers
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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 calculated crimes.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 31%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The outline of Murder by Numbers may be familiar, but the filmmakers and Bullock do an expert job of filling in the colors."
‑ Mark Caro, Chicago Tribune
"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 Lim, Village Voice
"... It leaves you feeling that it could have been so much more."
‑ Greg Maki, Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
"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."
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"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."
‑ Jon Niccum, Lawrence Journal-World
"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."
‑ F.X. Feeney, L.A. Weekly
"Predictable thriller is definitely not for kids."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"Lesson learned: Never ask Ben Chaplin to lose his British accent."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Bullock's complete lack of focus and ability quickly derails the film"
‑ Jason Clark, Matinee Magazine
"An interesting idea turned into a movie about too many things. Maybe complexity in today?s dumbed down cinema is good; but complexity is not the same as "too much.""
‑ Karina Montgomery, Cinerina
"It's well worth catching for its interesting twists on the Leopold and Loeb story."
‑ Andrew Sarris, New York Observer
"The problem is that there's no real mystery to this mystery."
‑ Judith Egerton, Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)
"The literal cliffhanger ending is far too overblown to be convincing, but most of what comes before it deserves praise."
‑ John R. McEwen, Film Quips Online
"Despite the presence of Ms. Bullock, Murder By Numbers doesn't add up to very much, and like those old paint-by-numbers kits, the movie can easily be set aside and forgotten."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"Dizer que "Cálculo Mortal" é uma decepção é constatar o óbvio."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
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