The Score

User Score
7.2

Generally favorable reviews- based on 71 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 48 out of 71
  2. Negative: 3 out of 71

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  1. AndyS.
    Oct 8, 2001
    4
    A fitfully entertaining, but utterly pointless caper flick with one of the weakest tacked-on sub-plots in the history of movies not made by George Lucas. I'm talking about the relationship between De Niro and Bassett which utterly backfires, backlighting the paper-thinness of De Niro's character rather than providing it with any depth, and badly embarrassing both actors in the A fitfully entertaining, but utterly pointless caper flick with one of the weakest tacked-on sub-plots in the history of movies not made by George Lucas. I'm talking about the relationship between De Niro and Bassett which utterly backfires, backlighting the paper-thinness of De Niro's character rather than providing it with any depth, and badly embarrassing both actors in the bargain. In fact, De Niro's entire performance blends so seamlessly with his previous half-dozen that they could've used out-takes from his earlier work and spliced them into this movie with no loss of spontaneity. You certainly can't say that about Brando's performance; but, then again, that's about the only thing you can't say. Expand
  2. DonD.
    Jul 19, 2001
    6
    This movie had some exciting moments and as usual, De Niro carried the day. Brando seemed to sleep walk through this one (which is nothing different since the "Godfather"). Edward Norton was great with his split characters. But, when the ending came, this viewer was left facing a most implausible and empty wrap-up!
  3. BrunoB.
    Jul 30, 2001
    4
    Another sad example of twisted Hollywood at work attempting to condition our minds in a silent, subliminal fashion! What was Angela Bassett's presence all about? "Political correctness" gone public?
  4. R.B.
    Jul 19, 2001
    5
    I really wanted to like this movie, but in the end I felt like there was a lot of build up for a very common ending. Loved the actors...wish I would have rented it though.
  5. CharlesR.
    Aug 27, 2001
    4
    A classic case of wasted talent. The movie is derivative, flawed, predictable, and almost a parody of the heist movies of the 1950s. De Niro seems uninterested and unwilling to do any more than walk through his part and pick up a hefty paycheck.
  6. Aug 8, 2015
    6
    In what was widely considered to be a passing of the torch, three generations of Hollywood superstars, joined forces for a thriller known as The Score. I found this to be a very strange film, as it features both moments of high intensity and moments that are painfully slow. Robert De Niro stars as Nick Wells, the best safe cracker you could find, but as he's getting older and seeking moreIn what was widely considered to be a passing of the torch, three generations of Hollywood superstars, joined forces for a thriller known as The Score. I found this to be a very strange film, as it features both moments of high intensity and moments that are painfully slow. Robert De Niro stars as Nick Wells, the best safe cracker you could find, but as he's getting older and seeking more stability in his life. Considering retirement, Wells is asked to be part of one last big score, that will have him, and his fence, set for life. Wells reluctantly agrees, before finding out there is a catch, he'll be working with his possible replacement, an arrogant and cocky young man, who could wind up getting them all caught. As far as acting goes, you may never see a better trio of leading men, De Niro, Marlon Brando, and especially Edward Norton were absolutely terrific in their roles. The film however doesn't really take off until the crime actually begins. For over an hour they are in the planning stage, painstakingly going over every detail, and it really is as bad as it sounds, in fact, I almost turned it off, until the wheels were set in motion. From that point, the film really is terrific, with an ending that will leave your jaw on the floor! I was very happy with the last forty minutes of the film, and all three actors were fantastic, but so much of this film moves at a snails pact that I really couldn't give it a higher rating. This is a two hour film, that could have easily been shortened to an hour and a half, without losing any of it's integrity. All the detailed plans and unnecessary back and fourth make the first hour of this film painful, but if you can stick with it, the second hour is certainly worth it. Expand
Metascore
71

Generally favorable reviews - based on 29 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 29
  2. Negative: 1 out of 29
  1. A sturdily diverting old fashioned heist thriller that looks like a masterpiece of sheer competence next to the slovenly action fantasy F/X grab bags that have been passing for summer entertainment.
  2. 50
    What's fatal to the film is that De Niro's character, though compelling, is so temperate and wise he gives no indication of why he was drawn to a life of crime.
  3. 80
    You begin to wonder whether a story is ever going to show up. When it does, it's worth the wait for a long and well-turned set piece coordinating the heist, and two lovely flips in the plot.