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50

Metascore

Based on 35 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
80
Washington Post
Turns potentially forgettable formula into something strangely diverting.
75
Schroeder's misstep is trying hard to please his star, whether it be her character's empathetic past or one very fake-looking action climax. His greatest service is keeping her toe-to-toe with her talented co-stars -- and both are the better for it.
63
ReelViews
Towards the end, Murder By Numbers reverts to form with cheesy clichés, plot twists, and a fair amount of unnecessary action, but that's easily the film's low point.
63
Boston Globe
For much of its length, the film is plausible, if predictable and ponderous. Its strongest assets are its actors.
50
Miami Herald
In Murder by Numbers, though, even Schroeder can't keep his own boredom from showing.
50
Village Voice
But owing no doubt to the requirements of Sandra Bullock, the movie's above-the-line star, executive producer, and worst enemy, this potboiling procedural never stands a chance of disproving its title.
50
Film Threat
Doesn't necessarily make Murder by Numbers an awful film; it's certainly watchable, but it never escapes its paint-by-numbers design.
50
The real surprise, given the secondhand material, is that not everything proceeds by rote in Murder by Numbers.
40
The A.V. Club
A moralizing thriller so listless that it plays out like a game of mouse and mouse.
30
In context, it's utterly, dismayingly typical.

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