Murder by Numbers | Full Movie

Murder by Numbers
  • R
  • 1h 56m
  • 2002
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Sandra Bullock stars as homicide detective Cassie Mayweather, a crime scene specialist on the trail of two high school students, Richard Haywood (Ryan Gosling) and Justin Pendleton (Michael Pitt), who may have committed the perfect crime. The students believe that with Richard's cunning nature and Justin's intellect they have created the "perfect" criminal mind and can elude the law at will. Known in the department for her ability to solve cases with her gut instincts and take-no-prisoners style, Cassie is saddled with an inexperienced new partner, Sam Kennedy (Ben Chaplin), who plays it strictly by the book. The homicide detectives must find a way to work together as they uncover a trail of shrewdly concealed evidence that links a murder to the boys.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Critics Consensus: A predictable police procedural that works better as a character study rather than a thriller.
Chicago Tribune
Mark Caro

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

June 17, 2017
Village Voice
Dennis Lim

As long as Schroeder stays with the kids, the film musters a good deal of restless tabloid intensi...

June 17, 2017
Ebert & Roeper
Richard Roeper

Bullock is good, the script is not.

June 17, 2017
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Predictable thriller is definitely not for kids.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie has some graphic violence, including murders and domestic abuse. Characters use very strong language, drink, use drugs, and smoke. A character has an exploitive sexual encounter that is secretly videotaped. Cassie has sex with Sam but won't allow him to get close to her. There's a homosexual connection between Justin and Rick. The movie's tension and creepiness may upset some viewers.

A Lot or A Little?

The parents’ guide to what’s in this movie.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama, Mystery, Thriller
  • Release Date:April 19, 2002
  • Highest Available for Purchase:HD

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