The Score

2001

The Score

Critics Consensus

Though the movie treads familiar ground in the heist/caper genre, Robert DeNiro, Edward Norton, and Marlon Brando make the movie worth watching.

73%

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Total Count: 128

67%

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User Ratings: 60,044
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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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Audience Reviews for The Score

  • Jun 08, 2016
    Yes this heist movie is pretty standard and has a predictable twist, but it is still very entertaining. Edward Norton is especially impressive, playing a mentally challenged individual. Definetley recommended for heist lovers.
    Peter B Super Reviewer
  • Aug 27, 2015
    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. W Super Reviewer
  • Nov 26, 2013
    From director Frank Oz comes the heist film The Score. The plot follows a Montreal jazz club own who moonlights as a thief and is offered a score that will set him up for life, but to pull off the job he'll have to take on a partner that he doesn't trust. Starring Robert De Niro, Edward Norton, and Marlon Brando, the cast is especially strong. And, Oz does an impressive job at bringing tense and drama to the planning and execution of the robbery. But the script is weak, and doesn't develop the characters well enough to become invested in the heist's outcome. While the storytelling has its problems, The Score is still an exciting and entertaining thriller.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Jul 24, 2013
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