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  • Summary: Faced with the challenge of solving a "perfect murder," homicide detective Cassie Mayweather (Bullock) is forced to face and free herself from the tormented past she buried long ago. (Warner Bros.)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 35
  2. Negative: 3 out of 35
  1. Turns potentially forgettable formula into something strangely diverting.
  2. 75
    The story may be about cold-blooded murder, but Bullock's pulsating performance is about the getting of wisdom.
  3. 70
    Bullock shades what she normally does into something more interesting -- the angriest and sexiest work she's done. [6 May 2002, p. 138]
  4. Neither the crime nor its detection is especially interesting, and screenwriter Tony Gayton doesn't appear to be aiming for psychological insights.
  5. 50
    In Murder by Numbers, though, even Schroeder can't keep his own boredom from showing.
  6. 50
    Doesn't necessarily make Murder by Numbers an awful film; it's certainly watchable, but it never escapes its paint-by-numbers design.
  7. 20
    This premise could, just maybe, make for a decent thriller, but everything about Murder by Numbers is so flavorless and rote, so devoid of real suspense and human interest, that you never suspect for a moment that the answers are likely to be engaging.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 10
  2. Negative: 3 out of 10
  1. Apr 20, 2014
    With a young Ryan Reynolds a bad plot and an absolutely bad acting you have Murder by numbers.This is a bad crime/action movie but you can watch it if you have nothing better to do. Expand
  2. Aug 11, 2010
    In May of 1924, two young Jewish men named Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb had planned to commit the perfect murder they had it all thought out in there heads taking seven months to put their devious little murder into motion. They picked there target a young Polish immigrant named Robert Franks; everyone called him Bobby, Franks was an extended relative and neighbor of Richard Loeb. The duo lured young Bobby Franks into the car where either Loeb or Leopold struck Franks with a Chisel and stuffed a sock into his mouth young Franks died soon after. They covered the body and drove to a remote location near Wolf Lake in Hammond Indiana; they removed Frankâ Expand
  3. Sep 2, 2014
    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. Expand
  4. GaborA.
    Apr 13, 2006
    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. Collapse

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