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The Score

  R HD Closed Captioning

Frank Oz

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Plot Summary

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.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 128
  • Fresh: 94
  • Rotten: 34
  • Average Rating: 6.5/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: A sturdily diverting old fashioned heist thriller. – Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly, Sep 7, 2011

Fresh: 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. – Robert Koehler, Variety, Jul 7, 2010

Rotten: 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. – Charles Taylor,, Jul 7, 2010

Fresh: A solid suspense thriller that's fun. – Bob Graham, San Francisco Chronicle, Jun 18, 2002

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Customer Reviews

The Score

Great cast, Excellent movie. Very good story line... The movie was a little slow but the suspense continues through out to see what their next move is. Great ending... I have to say the ending did surprise me. I kind of said "Wow". The language was not a problem. The movie is rated so you should know what to expect... I will recommend "The Score" to my friends to watch.

Hated this.

It's a very cliche story. The twists never surprised and because of all the issues between Frank Oz and Brando, Brando's barely in the thing. If you haven't seen and want to, I would say rent it.


This is my favorite movie, and i didn't know it was on iTunes until i saw it looking at movies. It is an awesome movie if you haven't seen it, and Edward Norton's acting in The Score is just amazing. Starts off slow, but stick with it. It's worth it.

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