The Score

2001

The Score (2001)

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Critic Consensus: Though the movie treads familiar ground in the heist/caper genre, Robert DeNiro, Edward Norton, and Marlon 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 Max (Marlon Brando). Max is plotting the heist of the Montreal Customs House, and he's got a man on the inside, Jackie Teller (Edward Norton), a talented but volatile crook who has managed to ingratiate himself with the facility's staff as a fellow employee suffering from cerebral palsy. Jackie bristles at Nick's interference in "his" score, however, and threatens violence when it seems he's going to be cut out of the action. In the meantime, Nick grows increasingly ill at ease about the operation, as it violates his two most important dictums in thievery: always work alone and never pull a job in your own city. The part of Max in The Score was written specifically for Brando by screenwriter Salem, although the improvisational star and his director Oz reportedly clashed during filming. ~ Karl Williams, Rovi

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Critic Reviews for The Score

All Critics (128) | Top Critics (35)

Manages to waste a prestigious cast on a tediously long-winded caper plot.

Jul 20, 2001 | Full Review…
Observer
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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.

Jul 18, 2001
Variety
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Contains The Scene, a precious sequence already destined for infinite repetition.

Jul 16, 2001 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

A sturdily diverting old fashioned heist thriller.

Jul 16, 2001 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

A movie which gets the job done as simply, efficiently and intelligently as possible.

Jul 13, 2001

A droning, high-toned little heist picture with no dash and no raison d'être.

Jul 13, 2001
Slate
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Audience Reviews for The Score

Like a thick chunk of Grandma's extra cheesy, extra meaty lasagna this promises much insofar as admirers of Stanislavski go, 3 heavyweights in one cagematch as it were, generations represented. But one requires a script and action to use all of that muscle and unfortunately this film plays like having the Incredible Hulk fold yer underwear on moving day, which is to say not the best use of all the available talents. What you get instead is just them being there, their presence ("Oh look, there they are!") instead of the promised cagematch. That disappointment flavors this review, the viewing experience, and it'll do the same for you ... unless you are blessed to be ignorant of just who these giants are and their potential. Not being that soul I cannot say how this plays w/o knowledge of just whom it is that renders the work. For me it was like DaVinci turns in one of those big eyes, little cat lost pictures.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

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½

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Directors Cat
Directors Cat

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

Graham Jones
Graham Jones

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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
Chris Weber

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