Murder by Numbers
- compiled by Jeffrey Overstreet Copyright Christianity Today International
- 2002 1 Jan
Director Barbet Schroeder's
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"Unfortunately," says Paul Bicking (Preview), "the dialogue has a large number of obscenities and crude sexual comments. However, both Cassie and the boys learn that they have to face up to what they've done in the past."
Phil Boatwright and Steven Isaac (Focus on the Family) are troubled by the way the film's two villains unleash violence that might inspire young, ill-tempered viewers: "Following the Colorado Columbine High School massacre," writes Boatwright, "the story of two dysfunctional teenage sociopaths could be of interest, I suppose, to those studying criminal behavior. But … this film doesn't seriously examine antisocial behavior. I wondered if this production might somehow trigger a copycat crime." And Isaac asks, "Will a troubled teen watch it and pattern his or her own deadly plot after it? Will it further desensitize others to matters of life and death?"