Murder by Numbers (2002)

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Avg Rating: 4.2 / 5. Voted: 11

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Directed by: Barbet Schroeder
Starring: Sandra Bullock (Cassie), Michael Pitt (Justin), Ryan Gosling (Richard), Ben Chaplin (Sam), Agnes Bruckner (Lisa), Chris Penn (Ray)
Country: United States
Language: English
Runtime: 02:00:00
Genres: Based on a True Story, Detective, Teens

Plot – Spoilers:
A couple of wealthy high school friends Richard and Justin keep their friendship secret in pursuit of executing the perfect murder. The idea emerges from ennui and a perceived intellectual superiority to the police they despise. And so they decide to randomly pick out a woman and stage the body in a manner designed to throw the detectives off their scent.

Murder by Numbers has its critics but is still noteworthy for the performances by Pitt and Gosling and the fact that it is based on a true murder (by Leopold and Loeb).

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August 5, 2023 5:32 pm

Terrific! Ryan Gosling really stands out. His very best in my opinion is: Fracture 2007

May 16, 2023 1:15 pm

That sucked

October 16, 2022 1:37 pm

Gosling’s schnozz

Knasleiv Karsk
Knasleiv Karsk
February 10, 2022 8:44 pm

Acting was ok , but movie was like typical almost all hollywood styled clitche.

Tony gay town eh sry Tony Gayton stands as writer hm explains some..
like ther many scenes the way Richard held justins head looking like he want to share more than some apprentice of murder with him …..

Anyhow best has to be when justin tells that girl they killed a girl . She then goes oh you luike could not had done that . you was seduced by him like me . Well she was sleepong with him ,so in other word she indirectly called him a shitshuffler right after he told he had killed someone …. Seems like a good time imply he had been seduced by sleeping with richard like she did …

But hey atleast we did not had to watch that and yea acting apart from Bullock play the type she play in like 90%+ her movies she acts good and not looks bad so … well guess oweral a good movie …

Zed Man
Zed Man
October 25, 2021 9:33 am

Yeah, enjoyable enough tho not really fucked up. Highlight was Sandra Bullock, I could watch her all day long. She is a top actress and not bad to look at either. Would not say no.

Sundance Kid
Sundance Kid
May 18, 2021 1:24 pm

I was hesitant to watch this but it turned out really good. The acting was fantastic, Ryan Gosling and Sandra Bullock were perfect. Not as gorey as other films on this site but still had fucked up scenes. Disturbing vibe throughout, very enjoyable. Definetly check this out if your into Mystery/Killers/Detective
I give this a solid 7/10

fred fat
fred fat
April 14, 2021 8:53 pm

interesting what people view as not fucked up – if u think this film is not fucked up then u r fucked up – great film by the way

January 23, 2020 11:34 pm

Gosling is surprisingly good in this. Not effedup though.

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June 24, 2022 6:04 am

He’s a superb actor, why would that be surprising??