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The Score (2001)



Average Rating: 6.5/10
Reviews Counted: 128
Fresh: 94 | Rotten: 34

Though the movie treads familar ground in the heist/caper genre, DeNiro, Norton, and Brando make the movie worth watching.


Average Rating: 6.2/10
Critic Reviews: 35
Fresh: 23 | Rotten: 12

Though the movie treads familar ground in the heist/caper genre, DeNiro, Norton, and Brando make the movie worth watching.



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Three generations of method acting giants unite for this crime thriller written by Kario Salem and directed by Frank Oz. Robert De Niro stars as Nick Wells, an aging thief whose specialty is safecracking and who is on the verge of retiring to a life of ease, running his jazz club and romancing his girlfriend Diane (Angela Bassett). But before he can ride off into the sunset, Nick is pressured to do one last job by his mentor and business partner, a flamboyant and extravagant upscale fence named


Drama, Action & Adventure

Kario Salem, Lem Dobbs, Scott Marshall Smith

Dec 11, 2001


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All Critics (151) | Top Critics (40) | Fresh (94) | Rotten (34) | DVD (25)

Manages to waste a prestigious cast on a tediously long-winded caper plot.

July 20, 2001 Full Review Source: New York Observer | Comment (1)
New York Observer
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Restoring the seductive style of the no-nonsense procedural heist movie to complete luster, this is the kind of pic that knows the difference between being masculine and being macho.

July 18, 2001 Full Review Source: Variety
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Contains The Scene, a precious sequence already destined for infinite repetition.

July 16, 2001 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
Globe and Mail
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A sturdily diverting old fashioned heist thriller.

July 16, 2001 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
Entertainment Weekly
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A movie which gets the job done as simply, efficiently and intelligently as possible.

July 13, 2001 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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Part of the fun is watching and listening to Brando parody his slurred speech

January 30, 2011 Full Review Source: Old School Reviews
Old School Reviews

The Score, a competent if nothing-special heist thriller on paper, showcases three generations of acting giants.

August 18, 2007 Full Review Source:

Three of the most accomplished actors of their respective generations, Brando, De Niro, and Edward Norton, are underused in this old-fashioned heist crime picture.

December 2, 2006 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com

The story is so dull and perfunctory, the audience just enjoys watching the actors...

January 15, 2005
Looking Closer

While you'll telegraph its plot twist ten minutes before it actually happens, you'll be too wrapped up in the performances to care.

August 18, 2003 Full Review Source: RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)

A heist film with several issues, but ultimately enjoyable.

January 29, 2003
Cinema Sight

Apesar de suas qualidades, A Cartada Final certamente ficou nos devendo o tão prometido duelo de interpretações.

May 30, 2002 Full Review Source: Cinema em Cena
Cinema em Cena

"The Score" has one of the more frustrating of success stories: It succeeds mostly through its cast.

May 25, 2002 Full Review Source:

Opens and closes with tour-de-force action, acting, and camera work. In the middle is some dead space.

February 28, 2002 Full Review Source: Goatdog's Movies
Goatdog's Movies

When all is said and done, the only reason this movie rises above a certain level is because at one point Marlon Brando, Robert De Niro, and Edward Norton share the screen.

February 26, 2002 Full Review Source: Mark Reviews Movies
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February 24, 2002 Full Review Source: 3BlackChicks Review
3BlackChicks Review

Si se pudiera describir el resultado final con una sola palabra, ésta sería la de decepcionante.

January 15, 2002 Full Review Source: Moviola

A workmanlike film that is technically fine and emotionally vacant.

December 16, 2001 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central

...all things considered, The Score scores.

December 5, 2001
Movie Metropolis

The script's refusal to take any chances is the film's death knell

November 23, 2001 Full Review Source:

En efecto, se trata de una larga colección de clichés del género, pero el resultado es agradable y los dos estelares llenan la pantalla...

October 29, 2001

DeNiro and Norton score while Brando simply sweats.

October 10, 2001 Full Review Source:

Oz courts first-rate performances from each of his stars.

September 17, 2001 Full Review Source:

You could take the same cast and do another Killer Tomatoes sequel, and it would still be worthwhile to watch.

September 15, 2001 Full Review Source:

A good heist movie, flawed but thoroughly competent, with an amazing cast and precise, almost Mametian dialogue.

August 6, 2001 Full Review Source: Film Blather
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Audience Reviews for The Score

July 24, 2013
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Three generations of acting giants and a great director fail miserably in this generic caper film.
November 24, 2012
Graham Jones

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You'd think that with this being a heist film that features Robert De Niro, Edward Norton, and Marlon Brando (in his final film role), that it would be 8 million kinds of awesome. Instead, it's merely somewhat better than average.

The set up is a typical one: veteran longing to get out of the business is wrangled into pulling one last job with an ambitious and arrogant rookie looking to really make a name for himself. The take is a very profitable one, but of course there are complications, namely egos.

With Frank Oz at the helm I alos expected this to have been executd better, or at least have a stronger variation on an old theme. What we get instead though is a more low key and underplayed film. I sort of liked that, but at the same time, it didn't really take the time to deliver something special.

I will say that the heist centerpiece is well done, and yes, the performances are good (the best thing about it), but that's about it. If the film didn't have the talent behind it, this would be really forgettable.

See it if you want, but don't expect a masterpiece.
June 26, 2012
Chris Weber

Super Reviewer

What Director Frank Oz has put together here are three generations of outstanding Talent.

A sophisticated Heist movie, character driven, with an exciting build up to the Criminal Mastermind Operation. Exciting, tense at times and genius work with the use of the character ?Brian?.

This film gets added to my favourite film endings list.
December 4, 2009

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    1. Nick Wells: If somebody built it, somebody can unbuild it.
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