The Perfect Score


Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 28 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 28
  2. Negative: 12 out of 28

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Critic Reviews

  1. In addition to being a good-looking movie with a pumping Foo Fighters anthem, "Score" is actually a philosophical argument against our culture of tests.
  2. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    The lark-ish Perfect Score is on the high side of the time-killer it sounds like.
  3. A thin, pleasant teenage heist comedy with a chewy nugget of social criticism buried inside it.
  4. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Energetic, smarter-than-expected teen comedy.
  5. Reviewed by: Scott Russon
    For its target teen audience, it's a decent enough movie.
  6. The comedy about a coterie of high school seniors plotting to steal the answers to the dreaded standardized test talks a pretty good game, but in the end the numbers just don't add up to much.
  7. It's amiable and smartly paced, if noticeably lacking in conviction.
  8. 50
    You may be able to find parallels between these characters and those in "The Breakfast Club." On the other hand, you may decide life is too short.
  9. The cast doesn't impress, the story doesn't compel and the characters are too bland to make people remember them.
  10. Only Nam, in a pot-induced drawl, infuses the film with great comic timing.
  11. 50
    Brian Robbins (Varsity Blues) actually has a clear sense of the way 21st-century teenagers behave, and his sleek style keeps the film moving briskly.
  12. 50
    An eminently defensible light entertainment, peopled with characters that are easy to like and care about.
  13. The heist itself is quite nicely filmed herein, but unfortunately, getting to it requires sitting through a bunch of noisy, fussy crap, from the overly busy soundtrack to the irritating narration of stoned guy Leonardo Nam.
  14. 40
    Disfigured by flabby dialogue (“You can't put a number on my dreams!”), unfunny pratfalls and criminally slack pacing.
  15. The story is flimsy, and when the dialogue touches on controversial issues regarding the SAT and its fairness, the slacker tone turns abruptly melodramatic.
  16. As forgettable as the humor is the film's predictable portrayal of adults as clueless, overbearing cretins.
  17. Only sharp dialogue and a suspenseful buglary might have given this lame, quasi morality play some energy. It has neither.
  18. 38
    Comes tantalizingly close to being interesting.
  19. Oh, it's perfect all right. In fact, The Perfect Score is a flawless example of the classic January movie release -- the kind of studio picture that even the studio loathes, and so consigns to the dumping ground of the year's frosty first month.
  20. 33
    It's "Ocean's Eleven" for people who can't count past six.
  21. 30
    At its core the film is as standardized as the exam it seeks to debunk, and nearly as tedious.
  22. 30
    Attempts at high spirits and the presence of Matthew Lillard all suggest that this is supposed to be a comedy.
  23. The movie, which strains to be hip in a faux-1985 beat-the-system way, takes such a light view of cheating that it has the ironic effect of rendering the heist that follows utterly innocuous.
  24. 25
    The script, attributed to Mark Schwahn, Marc Hyman and Jon Zack, is as confused as it is confusing, and the aimless direction by Brian Robbins doesn't help. It was apparently edited with a roulette wheel.
  25. A dull film with unsympathetic characters brought together by a gimmicky premise that's handled with no imagination and a pristine fraudulence of emotion. Aside from that, it's great.
  26. Reviewed by: Ed Park
    "X is to Y, as this shit is to boring."
  27. Luckily, life (just like the SAT) has its multiple-choice options. You don't actually have to watch this.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 24 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 11
  2. Negative: 2 out of 11
  1. Jan 14, 2012
    The Perfect Score is one of the worst heist movies of all time. The fact that its trying to be a comedy at the same time makes it even worse.The Perfect Score is one of the worst heist movies of all time. The fact that its trying to be a comedy at the same time makes it even worse. The story follows Kyle (Chris Evans) and his friend Matty (Bryan Greenberg) as they try to steal a copy of the SATs with the help of a ragtag group of other slackers with the likes of Scarlett Johansson and Erika Christiansen joining the effort. Sure its a snappy premise that could provide some decent laughs and light hearted enjoyment. However the script is terrible and there is absolutely no conflict in the film. It seems like this 'dangerous' heist is just a late night revision party, which is pretty much what it ends up being. It has no imagination, some incredibly poor performances (Chris Evans and Scarlett Johansson) and it just feels like no effort went into the writing at all. It's not empty of merit with at least a decent performance from Erika Christiansen who is always reliable but it comes pretty close. Full Review »
  2. Mar 2, 2011
    Great combination of two movies in one: The Breakfast Club and Ocean 11. Everyone is great and the high Asian guy is hilarious.