Presents itself as the first SAT protest film... but predictably becomes a toothless pep rally for business as usual...
| Original Score: 1.5/4
"The Perfect Score" flunks its way right off the screen and right into the juvenile halls of film gone bad.
| Original Score: D
With a little more anti-authoritarian spirit, The Perfect Score might have been a rousing call to arms for a whole generation.
| Original Score: 2/4
Marked by jarring jumps in tone from broad comedy to drama, action-suspense and, most ridiculously, earnest 'message' material about the unfairness of standardized testing.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
Begins to feel like The Break and Enter Club.
| Original Score: 2/5
As standardized as the exam it seeks to debunk, and nearly as tedious.
The Perfect Score is not very academic...doesn't make the grade as convincingly as it should have in its showcase of mischievous adolescence.
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.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Lively and fun in places, but overall it has a listless, tepid feel.
I'd say this film is moronic, but that would be an insult to morons.
Rates an L for laziness, as none of the characters is developed beyond the broadest archetype, nor are their motives probed beyond the flimsiest of excuses -- nor is the heist itself more than a mountain of ridiculous improbabilities.
In the fleeting third act, The Perfect Score hints at what could have been. Unfortunately, its improvements arrive too little, too late.
This is the gang that couldn't test straight... What's needed here is not a run-in with ETS, but with Freddy Krueger or Jason Voorhees.
| Original Score: 1/5
Talks a pretty good game, but in the end the numbers just don't add up to much.
A bizarre mismatch of The Breakfast Club and Mission: Impossible.
Is there not something just plain wrong with a movie about cheating on exams that's less fun than taking one?
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.
| Original Score: 1/4
A dull film with unsympathetic characters brought together by a gimmicky premise that's handled with no imagination and a pristine fraudulence of emotion.
Seems meant for people who never placed higher than 600 on their SATs. For whom, in fact, Einstein is a bagel.
It's smarter and more purposeful than most teen flicks.
| Original Score: 7/10