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The Score (2001)



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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Edward Norton
as Jack Teller/Brian
Serge Houde
as Laurent
Martin Drainville
as Jean-Claude
Richard Waugh
as Sapperstein
Marie-Josee D'Amours
as Woman in Study
Gavin Svensson
as Man in Study
Lenie Scoffie
as Storekeeper
Charles V. Doucet
as Old Engineer
Norman Mikeal Berketa
as Bureaucrat Official
Eric Hoziel
as Ironclad Tech
Mose Allison
as Himself
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Critic Reviews for The Score

All Critics (128) | Top Critics (39)

Oz courts first-rate performances from each of his stars.

September 17, 2001 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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

July 20, 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 18, 2001

Our pleasure derives from watching all the creative participants in this movie go through their paces and riff creatively on the established themes.

July 16, 2001 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Contains The Scene, a precious sequence already destined for infinite repetition.

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

The story might not have much that's new, but it is still fun to see a thief look at an intimidating new safe utterly undaunted.

July 16, 2001 | Rating: 3/5
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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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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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