When an elderly woman is viciously murdered in Oxford, her body is discovered by two strangers whose lives are immediately changed forever: 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 be Seldom’s pupil. It quickly becomes clear that hers is the first in a series of increasingly bizarre murders, with each victim’s corpse marked by strange symbols. Professor and student join forces to try and crack the code, setting into motion an elaborate game with the killer with ever–increasing stakes. As Martin gets closer to the facts, he grows increasingly unhinged from his grasp on the world around him. Based on Guillermo Martinez’s award–winning novel, THE OXFORD MURDERS is an edgy and intelligent thriller from cult–favorite director, Alex de la Iglesia.
Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
A polished but verbose whodunit that's surprisingly buttoned-down given helmer Alex de la Inglesia's rep for comicbook wackiness.Jonathan Holland, Variety, 07.26.2010
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, 08.12.2010
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, 07.26.2010
The murders are simply chalk marks on a blackboard with no build-up and little fallout.Stella Papamichael, BBC, 07.26.2010