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Based on 35 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 0 )
  • 40
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    A sappy big-screen version of TV's "CSI." show more

  • 50
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    A near miss, a respectable but uninspired thriller that's intelligent and considered in its details, but ultimately weak in its impact. show more

  • 75
    Mike Clark USA Today

    The result is two or three cuts above genre standard. show more

  • 40
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    The shallow-seated problem with Murder by Numbers is that it's serious and doggedly intricate but not much fun. show more

  • 63
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    When Bullock is on screen, Murder by Numbers is as far away as a sleepwalker's gaze. But when Schroeder focuses on the teenagers, the film is wide awake, eye-to-eye with adolescent angst and anomie. show more

  • 50
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    Ultimately, Murder by Numbers has been reduced to a tease, giving us a hint -- mostly through the fine performances of Gosling, who creates a charismatic sociopath, and Pitt, who's character seems genuinely troubled -- of the kind of relevant social drama it might have been. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Bullock does a good job here of working against her natural likability, creating a character you'd like to like, and could like, if she weren't so sad, strange and turned in upon herself. show more

  • 75
    Mark Caro Chicago Tribune

    The outline of Murder by Numbers may be familiar, but the filmmakers and Bullock do an expert job of filling in the colors. show more

  • 75
    Michael Sragow Baltimore Sun

    The story may be about cold-blooded murder, but Bullock's pulsating performance is about the getting of wisdom. show more

  • 63
    Lou Lumenick New York Post

    In effect gives you two movies for the price of one. The better one doesn't star Sandra Bullock. show more

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