The Oxford Murders
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When an elderly woman is viciously murdered in Oxford, her body is discovered by two strangers whose lives are immediately changed forever: Arthur Seldom (John Hurt), a prestigious professor of logic, and Martin (Elijah Wood), a young graduate student who has just arrived at the university hoping to be Seldom's pupil. It quickly becomes clear that hers is the first in a series of increasingly bizarre murders, with each victim's corpse marked by strange symbols. Professor and student join forces to try and crack the code, setting into motion an elaborate game with the killer with… More
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"This purported whodunit thriller never solves its main mystery: How and why did this film get made in the first place?"
‑ David Lewis, San Francisco Chronicle
"A math- and symbology-tinged thriller adapted by director Ńlex de la Iglesia, and pitched at a breakneck, didactic clip, absent any sensible, modulated emotional investment in the characters or material."
‑ Brent Simon, Shared Darkness
"A wonderfully compelling mess of a movie. It's tricky trying to bond Hitchcockian flair with lecture hall semantics, but the director works his tricks with ace visual consideration."
‑ Brian Orndorf, BrianOrndorf.com
"Not so terrible that you can understand why it's been practically buried by its distributors, but you can get better ridiculous whodunits on TV."
‑ Kim Newman, Empire Magazine
"A polished but verbose whodunit that's surprisingly buttoned-down given helmer Alex de la Inglesia's rep for comicbook wackiness."
‑ Jonathan Holland, Variety
"The Scooby Doo ending requires nearly ten minutes of explanation and negates the need to follow the previous 90 minutes. It's also preceded by one character stating, "In life, nobody bothers explaining anything." Well, except in this movie."
‑ Adam Lippe, Examiner.com
"Disappointing, badly plotted thriller, let down by some dodgy acting, poor direction and a script that makes The Da Vinci Code look like a masterpiece."
‑ Matthew Turner, ViewLondon
"Hurt sells the silliness almost convincingly, but even from such a skillful pitchman it comes out sounding, finally, like junk."
‑ Rossiter Drake, San Francisco Examiner
"So bad it's good, then? Alas, the whole thing is uncomfortable and boring, scotching any ironic enjoyment of its awfulness."
‑ Stan Hall, Oregonian
"The murders are simply chalk marks on a blackboard with no build-up and little fallout."
‑ Stella Papamichael, BBC
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