The Score (2001) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Score (2001)



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

Movie Info

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 Max (Marlon Brando). Max is plotting the heist of the Montreal Customs House, and he's got a man on the inside, Jackie Teller (Edward Norton), a talented but volatile crook who has managed to ingratiate himself with the facility's staff as a fellow employee suffering from cerebral palsy. Jackie bristles at Nick's interference in "his" score, however, and threatens violence when it seems he's going to be cut out of the action. In the meantime, Nick grows increasingly ill at ease about the operation, as it violates his two most important dictums in thievery: always work alone and never pull a job in your own city. The part of Max in The Score was written specifically for Brando by screenwriter Salem, although the improvisational star and his director Oz reportedly clashed during filming. ~ Karl Williams, Rovimore
Rating: R (for language)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By: Kario Salem, Lem Dobbs, Scott Marshall Smith
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 11, 2001
Box Office: $70.3M
Paramount Pictures - Official Site


Edward Norton
as Jack Teller/Brian
Serge Houde
as Laurent
Martin Drainville
as Jean-Claude
Richard Waugh
as Sapperstein
Marie-Josee D'Amours
as Woman in Study
Gavin Svensson
as Man in Study
Lenie Scoffie
as Storekeeper
Charles V. Doucet
as Old Engineer
Norman Mikeal Berket...
as Bureaucrat Official
Eric Hoziel
as Ironclad Tech
Mose Allison
as Himself
Show More Cast

News & Interviews for The Score

Critic Reviews for The Score

All Critics (151) | Top Critics (40)

Part of the fun is watching and listening to Brando parody his slurred speech

Full Review… | January 30, 2011
Old School Reviews

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

Full Review… | August 18, 2007

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.

Full Review… | December 2, 2006

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.

Full Review… | August 18, 2003

A heist film with several issues, but ultimately enjoyable.

January 29, 2003
Cinema Sight

Audience Reviews for The Score

Like a thick chunk of Grandma's extra cheesy, extra meaty lasagna this promises much insofar as admirers of Stanislavski go, 3 heavyweights in one cagematch as it were, generations represented. But one requires a script and action to use all of that muscle and unfortunately this film plays like having the Incredible Hulk fold yer underwear on moving day, which is to say not the best use of all the available talents. What you get instead is just them being there, their presence ("Oh look, there they are!") instead of the promised cagematch. That disappointment flavors this review, the viewing experience, and it'll do the same for you ... unless you are blessed to be ignorant of just who these giants are and their potential. Not being that soul I cannot say how this plays w/o knowledge of just whom it is that renders the work. For me it was like DaVinci turns in one of those big eyes, little cat lost pictures.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer



Directors Cat
Directors Cat

Super Reviewer

Three generations of acting giants and a great director fail miserably in this generic caper film.

Graham Jones
Graham Jones

Super Reviewer

The Score Quotes

– Submitted by Ahmed I (2 years ago)

Discussion Forum

Discuss The Score on our Movie forum!