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July 20, 2001
Manages to waste a prestigious cast on a tediously long-winded caper plot.
July 18, 2001
Restoring the seductive style of the no-nonsense procedural heist movie to complete luster, this is the kind of pic that knows the difference between being masculine and being macho.
July 16, 2001
Contains The Scene, a precious sequence already destined for infinite repetition.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 16, 2001
A sturdily diverting old fashioned heist thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
July 13, 2001
A movie which gets the job done as simply, efficiently and intelligently as possible.
July 13, 2001
A droning, high-toned little heist picture with no dash and no raison d'être.
July 13, 2001
Like The Score itself, there are moments when we get a little lost, when we even get dull for a while. But if approached right, growing older can leave us feeling invigorated. Just like The Score.
July 13, 2001
A solid suspense thriller that's fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 13, 2001
The movie is so determinedly low-key that after a while it sits on the screen like a layout from Architectural Digest. Even the actors seem dimmed.
July 13, 2001
Spends so much time establishing a shadowy, jazzy neo-noir tone that the details of the heist are slighted and much of the excitement drains away.
July 13, 2001
It is the human spectacle of three of America's finest screen actors passing on their wisdom and gifts from one generation to the next that lends this movie a self-reflexive glow and lifts it above the clichés on which it is constructed.
July 13, 2001
A spiritless, unimaginative exercise in professionalism for its own sake.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/5
July 13, 2001
Frank Oz keeps the suspense taut and doesn't have to resort to gratuitous violence to get our adrenaline going.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
July 13, 2001
Its single-mindedness still makes for a refreshing change from the preposterous bloat of most contemporary action movies.
July 13, 2001
As heist movies go, this one is on the low side of mediocre.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
July 13, 2001
Alternating on trumpet and tenor sax, Norton does some terrific solos. De Niro is the ace drummer providing rhythmic backbone, and Brando tickles out gorgeous filigrees on piano.
July 13, 2001
Oz allows both stars more time than they deserve to flesh out their characters. Still, it's fascinating to watch these two superb actors in highly detailed turns.
July 13, 2001
After sitting through such sloppy and reckless high-concept heist films as Mission: Impossible and Entrapment, it's refreshing to witness the careful, methodical attention to details that distinguishes The Score.
July 13, 2001
The best pure heist movie in recent years.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
July 13, 2001
Nobody's going to think of The Score as trail-blazing, but there's nothing small-time about its dramatic and acting payoff.
July 12, 2001
Got class and smarts that put recent bombastic heist flicks such as Swordfish and 3000 Miles to Graceland to shame.
July 12, 2001
A handsomely mounted yawn.
July 12, 2001
A routine heist drama distinguished only by the names above the title.
July 12, 2001
The best heist flick since The Usual Suspects.
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
July 12, 2001
The acting amplitude of Marlon Brando, Robert De Niro and Edward Norton gives Frank Oz's finely wrought film dimensions and resonance rare in a heist drama.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
July 12, 2001
Like a diet cola, The Score has fizz, but very little savor and no calories to speak of.
July 12, 2001
A top-drawer heist movie that ratchets up the tension inch by careful inch, The Score will remind you of classic caper films of the past, and that is a good thing.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
July 12, 2001
With its star lineup, The Score is an important film that allows its cast room to explore the characters.
July 12, 2001
De Niro and Norton play off of each other beautifully.
July 12, 2001
There are explosions, double-crosses and chase sequences, but it just doesn't add up to edge-of-your-seat tension.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
July 12, 2001
Isn't a noir masterpiece, like Rififi, but then, with Brando, De Niro and Norton acting up a storm, maybe it doesn't need to be.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
July 12, 2001
Could've been so much more, but the stars make it worth checking out.
Read More | Original Score: B-
July 12, 2001
A smart, satisfying throwback to the days when editing still allowed for a little breathing room.
July 10, 2001
There's nothing you can't see coming in this flick, including the surprise ending.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
July 10, 2001
Attends to its heist-thriller obligations with needless solemnity and a studious lack of imagination.