User Score
6.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 34 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 34
  2. Negative: 7 out of 34
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  1. GaborA.
    Apr 13, 2006
    2
    Let me start by saying that no script ever written could be made into an enjoyable movie done with the terrible, straight to TV directing of this film. It was laughable. On top of that the script was aweful. This is the worst type of thriller, boring and dry and then still inconceivable and stupid. This film really ends up with no redeeming qualities because what would have been good Let me start by saying that no script ever written could be made into an enjoyable movie done with the terrible, straight to TV directing of this film. It was laughable. On top of that the script was aweful. This is the worst type of thriller, boring and dry and then still inconceivable and stupid. This film really ends up with no redeeming qualities because what would have been good acting is dissolved by the stupidity of the scenes in which they try to act. Expand
  2. JackD.
    Oct 10, 2002
    3
    The first half is very good, but then it all falls apart, and the end is both stupid and sadistic... too bad because Bullock is excellent.
  3. Sep 2, 2014
    3
    A somewhat acceptable ending saves Murder By Numbers from being a total mess. But, it is still cliché and derivative; it's poorly executed, poorly edited, poorly written, and poorly directed. The idea and story are okay, but the movie as a whole sinks. It starts to get a little better in the second half, but nothing can stop it from being typical genre fare. The whole thing just seems amateurish.
Metascore
50

Mixed or average reviews - based on 35 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 35
  2. Negative: 3 out of 35
  1. 50
    In Murder by Numbers, though, even Schroeder can't keep his own boredom from showing.
  2. 40
    A moralizing thriller so listless that it plays out like a game of mouse and mouse.
  3. 50
    But owing no doubt to the requirements of Sandra Bullock, the movie's above-the-line star, executive producer, and worst enemy, this potboiling procedural never stands a chance of disproving its title.