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Murder by NumbersThe body of a young woman is found in a ditch in the woods of the small California coastal town of San Benito. The two gifted high school students who thought they had executed the 'perfect' murder must become engaged in an intellectual contest with a seasoned homicide detective.
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Directors of "Murder by Numbers"Barbet SchroederBirthdate: 26 August 1941, Tehran, Iran
Creators of "Murder by Numbers"Tony GaytonBirthdate: 1959
Critic Reviews of "Murder by Numbers"Chicago TribuneJuly 20, 2002
The outline of Murder by Numbers may be familiar, but the filmmakers and Bullock do an expert job of filling in the colors.L.A. WeeklyJune 01, 2002
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.New York ObserverMay 17, 2002
It's well worth catching for its interesting twists on the Leopold and Loeb story.Village VoiceApril 23, 2002
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.Ebert & RoeperApril 22, 2002
Bullock is good, the script is not.Washington PostApril 19, 2002
Turns potentially forgettable formula into something strangely diverting.Common Sense MediaDecember 26, 2010
Predictable thriller is definitely not for kids.Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)June 25, 2004
The problem is that there's no real mystery to this mystery.Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)January 07, 2004
... It leaves you feeling that it could have been so much more.Reel Film ReviewsAugust 01, 2003
Lesson learned: Never ask Ben Chaplin to lose his British accent.Film Quips OnlineFebruary 08, 2003
The literal cliffhanger ending is far too overblown to be convincing, but most of what comes before it deserves praise.Urban CinefileOctober 26, 2002
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.
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