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.

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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 … More

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


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

Graham Jones
Graham Jones

Super Reviewer

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.

Chris Weber

Super Reviewer

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