Murder by Numbers
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When a pair of bright-but sociopathic teens conspires to commit the perfect murder, a troubled cop teams with her eager new partner to solve the case that left the community in fear and the police without a clue. High school ladies' man Richard Haywood (Ryan Gosling) and outcast Justin Pendleton (Michael Pitt) have no motive to commit murder, but they soon conspire to choose a random victim and pin the crime on local pot dealer Ray (Chris Penn), under the guise that the police will never suspect them of such a brutal act. Determined Det. Cassie Merriweather (Sandra Bullock) is assigned to… More

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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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