Murder by Numbers Synopsis
Two murderous men (Ryan Gosling, Michael Pitt) try to outwit a homicide detective (Sandra Bullock) .
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75

Chicago Tribune

By Mark Caro
The outline of Murder by Numbers may be familiar, but the filmmakers and Bullock do an expert job of filling in the colors.
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
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...
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75

USA Today

By Mike Clark
The result is two or three cuts above genre standard.
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63

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
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...
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63

Boston Globe

For much of its length, the film is plausible, if predictable and ponderous. Its strongest assets are its actors.
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58

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Even though Bullock engages in a climactic scene of blue-screen peril, she essentially cedes the match to the kids. In this mediocre murder...
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
A near miss, a respectable but uninspired thriller that's intelligent and considered in its details, but ultimately weak in its impact.
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50

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
Ultimately, Murder by Numbers has been reduced to a tease, giving us a hint -- mostly through the fine performances of Gosling, who creates...
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40

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
The shallow-seated problem with Murder by Numbers is that it's serious and doggedly intricate but not much fun.
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40

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
A sappy big-screen version of TV's "CSI."
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Rated R
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Common Sense Media says not for kids Predictable thriller is definitely not for kids.
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