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The Oxford Murders

HD   R Closed Captioning

Alex De La Iglesia

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About the Movie

A woman is murdered in Oxford. Her body is discovered by two men, Arthur Seldom (John Hurt), a prestigious professor of logic, and Martin (Elijah Wood), a young graduate student who has just arrived at the university hoping to study with Seldom. It quickly becomes clear that this is the first in a series of murders, all of which are announced by the murderer with strange mathematical symbols. Professor and student join forces to try and crack the code, and thus begins an elaborate puzzle, in which nothing is as it seems, and the truth is elusive.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 10
  • Fresh: 1
  • Rotten: 9
  • Average Rating: 3.8/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: A polished but verbose whodunit that's surprisingly buttoned-down given helmer Alex de la Inglesia's rep for comicbook wackiness. – Jonathan Holland, Variety, Jul 26, 2010

Rotten: This purported whodunit thriller never solves its main mystery: How and why did this film get made in the first place? – David Lewis, San Francisco Chronicle, Aug 13, 2010

Rotten: The murders are simply chalk marks on a blackboard with no build-up and little fallout. – Stella Papamichael,, Jul 26, 2010

Rotten: Not so terrible that you can understand why it's been practically buried by its distributors, but you can get better ridiculous whodunits on TV. – Kim Newman, Empire Magazine, Jul 26, 2010

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Customer Reviews

Excellent Film

A very intelligent demonstration of the distinction between the logical and the psychological, based on a book written by a professional mathematician, who is trained to know the difference. This is also an ideal instance of the undependability of professional critics, who can be depended on for one thing only - never to miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity, to adopt the observation of another well-known logician.


After watching this film I cannot comprehend the rotten tomatoes reviews. I was almost put off by those but the trailer proved promising. I thought it had an excellent cast, was well directed and the plot was exceptionally clever. Overall I found it thought provoking, exciting and quite contrary the thoughts expressed by the rotten tomatoes. This film may bring into question the idea of certainty but I would certainly recommend this film to anyone who wanted an english style whodunnit that has some level of thought behind it, a compliment I would sadly struggle to give to most of the films I have seen.

Shows Professional Critics don't know!!!

I have a Ph.D. I have travelled the World, lived in Egypt, Afghanistan, Europe and South America. With over 2000 books in my library and, also being a film buff. I was enthralled by this film because it is very intelligent but it requires prior knowledge. For example, the mentioning of Godel's Incompleteness Theorem in the movie sets the frame for what is to come. That Ludwig Wittgenstein has been the most influential philosopher of the 20th century or the Russian character in the film which is based on Perelman, who initially announced solving the Poincare Conjecture but was ignored and rejected until later, he was properly recognized. So if you are interested in a thriller that is written with intelligence and follows logical paradigms. Watch. You will be pleasantly entertained.