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The Score

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About the Movie

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.

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Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews

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73%
  • Reviews Counted: 128
  • Fresh: 94
  • Rotten: 34
  • Average Rating: 6.5/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: A spiritless, unimaginative exercise in professionalism for its own sake. – A.O. Scott, New York Times, Jul 16, 2008

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

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

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Customer Reviews

Big names, poor movie.

Not a great movie by any means, though the actors in it are traditionally great actors. Of course, bringing on board a bunch of big names doesn't mean big performances. De Niro and Norton deliver a pretty standard character job - nothing we haven't seen before. The action plot is decent but again nothing we have not seen before. Is it worth renting? Sure. Not sure about buying though. Too bad Apple doesn't have a $5 bin like Wal-Mart does!

Nice twist!

Edward Norton does an excellent job in this movie and the ending is superb. A little too much language for my taste, though.

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.

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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 2001

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