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The Perfect Score (2004)

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17

Average Rating: 3.8/10
Reviews Counted: 108
Fresh: 18 | Rotten: 90

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

19

Average Rating: 3.6/10
Critic Reviews: 32
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 26

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

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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

PG-13,

Drama, Mystery & Suspense, Comedy

Marc Hyman, Mark Schwahn, Jon Zack

Jun 29, 2004

$10.3M

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Next time, director Robbins and his screenwriters should spend a few hours inside a real high school rather than re-hashing stock stereotypes from bad '80s movies.

January 31, 2004 Full Review Source: ReelViews
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Lively and fun in places, but overall it has a listless, tepid feel.

January 31, 2004 Full Review Source: Salon.com
Salon.com
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Talks a pretty good game, but in the end the numbers just don't add up to much.

January 30, 2004
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A bizarre mismatch of The Breakfast Club and Mission: Impossible.

January 30, 2004
Washington Post
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Is there not something just plain wrong with a movie about cheating on exams that's less fun than taking one?

January 30, 2004 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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Kids facing the SAT in real life may appreciate this movie, if only because it'll make them feel so much smarter than these characters. For the rest of us, it flunks.

January 30, 2004 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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Not terrible, but this MTV teen movie falls flat.

December 28, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

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

August 1, 2006 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
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.

March 16, 2004 Full Review Source: BBC.com
BBC.com

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.

February 27, 2004 Full Review Source: Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

Is it a heist movie? A teen coming of age flick? A high school comedy? A morality play? It's sort of all of those, but really none of them, as it doesn't quite hit the mark.

February 15, 2004 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

As a teen movie, "The Perfect Score" is just passable.

February 14, 2004 Full Review
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

Were it not for the recent "Arrival" of one Scarlett Johansson, The Perfect Score would still be holding down a shelf in the Paramount Pictures - Do Not Release office.

February 14, 2004 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

... Tries in vain to be both The Breakfast Club and Ocean's Eleven.

February 6, 2004 Full Review Source: Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)

Ocean's Eleven goes to high school and flunks out in a dumbed-down caper film.

February 5, 2004 Full Review Source: Boulder Weekly

In the end, everyone learns to do the "right" thing and, essentially, fulfills his or her standardized role in society.

February 5, 2004 Full Review Source: City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul

An even more lame-brained sitcom than that in which director Brian Robbins starred many eons ago.

February 5, 2004 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

...watchable enough

February 4, 2004 Full Review
Talking Pictures (U.S.)

Somewhere around the 20-minute mark, I was convinced that the title was a typo, and they really meant The Perfect Snore.

February 4, 2004 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

The characters are united in an ability to be more boring than anybody who went to high school in the real world.

February 4, 2004 Full Review

Unfortunately, here's the new math: Promising premise + pretty good heist plan = One Bad Movie.

February 3, 2004 Full Review Source: Lowell Sun

The script ... is chock full of callow teenybopper deep-think about how unfair the SAT is, but it's more interesting for the different ways the students justify their foray into high-tech burglary, and for the way they pull off the heist.

February 3, 2004 Full Review
Sacramento News & Review

Teenage stereotypes have seldom been done worse than this.

February 2, 2004 Full Review Source: CinemaBlend.com
CinemaBlend.com

Why must MTV stiffle the real talents of Brian Robbins?

February 2, 2004 Full Review Source: Film Snobs
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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.
July 24, 2012
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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.
August 27, 2011
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Japes .

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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.
August 24, 2011
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Melvin White

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

Good movie and I really liked it. I enjoyed it very much, it was easy to see and which guy couldn't with Scarlett Johansson glowing up the scene's with that cherry red hair and those amazing lips, wow she is so irresistible. Nice ending to a cool story with some smart and funny moments.

All-round good boy Kyle only obstacle to realizing his dream, studying architecture at Cornell, is his average SAT exam score. For best buddy Matty Matthews, getting into college is his hope to be reunited with dream girl Sandy. They realize haughty brat Francesca Curtis, owner of the Princeton building where ETS makes the SAT test, can provide them security codes so stealing the SAT results before the make-ups becomes an option. Charming Kyle talks her into it, but also enlists their senior high school near-valedictorian Anna Ross, whose Brown ambition is imposed by bossy parents. She brings along basketball dumbo Desmond Rhodes. Realizing their planning was overheard in the school toilet by marijuana addict Roy, the buddies take hum on board, ands find he's actually a natural genius without any ambition. Kyle nearly pulls off a first plan with luck, but blows it. His second plan is better, and the team improvises just enough to get the scores with one major sacrifice. But in the process, their states of mind change decisively.
July 4, 2011
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