The Perfect Score (2004)

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Critic Consensus: Neither funny nor suspenseful, this heist / teen flick also fails to explore its potentially socially relevant premise.


Movie Info

Produced by MTV Films, The Perfect Score is a teen crime comedy about a group of high school students who decide to steal the answers to the SAT exam. Kyle (Chris Evans) wants to be an architect, but his scores are too low to get into the school of his choice. Matty (Bryan Greenberg) is heartbroken when he is rejected from the school to which his girlfriend goes. Good girl Anna (Erika Christensen) is pressured by her parents to excel in academics and remain innocent. Desmond (Darius Miles) is a … More

Rating: PG-13 (for language, sexual content and some drug references)
Genre: Drama, Mystery & Suspense, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Mark Schwahn, Marc Hyman, Jon Zack
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 29, 2004
Box Office: $10.3M
Runtime:
Paramount Pictures - Official Site

Cast


as Desmond

as Desmond's Mother

as Attractive Woman

as Lobby Guard

as Mr. G

as Kyle's Mother

as Proctor

as Receptionist

as Anna's Mother

as Anna's Father

as Arnie Branch

as Kurt Dooling

as ETS Lobby Guard

as Tom Helton

as Francesa's Father

as Illinois Coach

as Kyle's Father

as SWAT Captain

as Test Instructor

as ETS Woman

as ETS Reception

as Security Guard

as Pregnant Girl

as Preppy Boy

as ETS Man

as Man in Jail
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Critic Reviews for The Perfect Score

All Critics (120) | Top Critics (36)

Not terrible, but this MTV teen movie falls flat.

Full Review… | December 28, 2010
Common Sense Media

Squarely aimed at teens with little regard for anyone else...

Full Review… | August 1, 2006
Reel Film Reviews

The work of a filmmaker and team of writers so conscious of their own formulaic crutch that they demand a production that feels like more than the sum of its parts.

September 16, 2004
Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)

The Perfect Score is amenable, enjoyable and as quickly forgotten as all those tricks you learned in your SAT prep class.

April 16, 2004

What could, and should, have been as fun and daring as skipping school turns out to be as dull as a two-hour detention.

Full Review… | March 16, 2004

The filmmakers need to re-watch "Ocean's Eleven" study up, and remind themselves of this important fact: Even teenagers want a movie that makes them think.

Full Review… | February 27, 2004
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

Audience Reviews for The Perfect Score

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I have no doubt in mind that The Perfect Score could have been an effectively edgy and thrilling heist movie, unfortunately it falls to tongue firmly in cheek humour and a lack of epic set pieces. But at times it can be pretty funny, except most of the time it is it's nothing more than mildly amusing. The premise is intelligent, the film not so much but it helms characters you can care about, brilliant performances by Scarlet Johanson and Chris Evans before they did The Avengers and score's a reasonable amount of laughs. However it often suffers staggeringly from the jokes that miss the punch line and the wooden acting of the supporting cast, and a huge lack of action, but what it executes perfectly that a lot of other caper movies are often incapable of doing is maintaining a light enough tone of seriousness. And in addition managing to make the comedy gags inbetween the important plot points work. Overall the chemistry of the ensemble and the handful of funny moments just about class The Perfect Score as a sucessful but unremarkable heist. I enjoyed it a huge amount more than most people who have seen it, without any doubt in mind I think it's Brian Robbin's best film.

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Directors Cat

Super Reviewer

Kids are pretty stupid. SATs really don't mean that much. If they couldn't get into the college they applied, they could've gone to a community college and transferred over. No big deal.

Anyway the movie was kind of boring, and really cliched. Like so many cliches, no joke. I only watched it because I didn't have anything better to do.

Japes
Japes .

Super Reviewer

Francesca: You look like a slut. I like it. 

"The S.A.T. is hard to take. It's even harder to steal."

The Perfect Score is a horrible teenage heist comedy that makes no effort to do anything original with it's characters or situations. Some of the worst performances I've ever seen done for cliche teenagers. The worst comes from Leonardo Nam as the "stoner." He talks really slow and with the surfer accent duuude. He gives his best Sean Penn impersonations and guess what; it was pretty shitty. Why Darius Miles was involved; I have no idea. It might of been because of his lack of success in the NBA, but come on. Why would you cast him? He's godawful as the "jock." You got your other cliche characters like the "brains," the "rebel," the "dumb" and the"smart, but not smart enough."

Everything about this movie annoyed the hell out of me, except Scarlett Johansson's looks. Her performance was below average, but she never disappoints. Erica Christensen was also horrible and might have given the second worst performance behind Nam. Her performance was so bad that I'm actually going to say that Darius Miles was better. He's not even a fucking actor. That's how bad Erica is. As for the story; it had potential. It could have been decent, but it never tries to be anything other than a typical bad heist movie. He doesn't seem like anyone really tried.

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Melvin White

Super Reviewer

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