A sturdily diverting old fashioned heist thriller.
Owen Gleiberman - Entertainment Weekly
A spiritless, unimaginative exercise in professionalism for its own sake.
A.O. Scott - New York Times
Dean Essner - Guardian [UK]
There are explosions, double-crosses and chase sequences, but it just doesn't add up to edge-of-your-seat tension.
Claudia Puig - USA Today
Rita Kempley - Washington Post
The best heist flick since The Usual Suspects.
Desson Thomson - Washington Post
Nobody's going to think of The Score as trail-blazing, but there's nothing small-time about its dramatic and acting payoff.
Jay Carr - Boston Globe
Attends to its heist-thriller obligations with needless solemnity and a studious lack of imagination.
Dennis Lim - Village Voice
Alternating on trumpet and tenor sax, Norton does some terrific solos. De Niro is the ace drummer providing rhythmic backbone, and Brando tickles out gorgeous filigrees on piano.
Eric Harrison - Houston Chronicle
With its star lineup, The Score is an important film that allows its cast room to explore the characters.
Philip Wuntch - Dallas Morning News
After sitting through such sloppy and reckless high-concept heist films as Mission: Impossible and Entrapment, it's refreshing to witness the careful, methodical attention to details that distinguishes The Score.
Steven Rosen - Denver Post
Peter Rainer - New York Magazine
The best pure heist movie in recent years.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
Isn't a noir masterpiece, like Rififi, but then, with Brando, De Niro and Norton acting up a storm, maybe it doesn't need to be.
Michael Wilmington - Chicago Tribune
Jonathan Rosenbaum - Chicago Reader
The acting amplitude of Marlon Brando, Robert De Niro and Edward Norton gives Frank Oz's finely wrought film dimensions and resonance rare in a heist drama.
Carrie Rickey - Philadelphia Inquirer
Oz allows both stars more time than they deserve to flesh out their characters. Still, it's fascinating to watch these two superb actors in highly detailed turns.
Susan Stark - Detroit News
Manages to waste a prestigious cast on a tediously long-winded caper plot.
Andrew Sarris - New York Observer
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
Frank Oz keeps the suspense taut and doesn't have to resort to gratuitous violence to get our adrenaline going.
Lou Lumenick - New York Post
Spends so much time establishing a shadowy, jazzy neo-noir tone that the details of the heist are slighted and much of the excitement drains away.
Jay Boyar - Orlando Sentinel
A movie which gets the job done as simply, efficiently and intelligently as possible.
Geoff Pevere - Toronto Star
Contains The Scene, a precious sequence already destined for infinite repetition.
Rick Groen - Globe and Mail
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 - Salon.com
A droning, high-toned little heist picture with no dash and no raison d'etre.
David Edelstein - Slate
As heist movies go, this one is on the low side of mediocre.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
A smart, satisfying throwback to the days when editing still allowed for a little breathing room.
Michael Rechtshaffen - Hollywood Reporter
Got class and smarts that put recent bombastic heist flicks such as Swordfish and 3000 Miles to Graceland to shame.
David Germain - Associated Press
There's nothing you can't see coming in this flick, including the surprise ending.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
A top-drawer heist movie that ratchets up the tension inch by careful inch, The Score will remind you of classic caper films of the past, and that is a good thing.
Kenneth Turan - Los Angeles Times
Part of the fun is watching and listening to Brando parody his slurred speech
John A. Nesbit - Old School Reviews
Felix Vasquez Jr. - Cinema Crazed
Mark Halverson - Sacramento News & Review
The Score, a competent if nothing-special heist thriller on paper, showcases three generations of acting giants.
Rob Gonsalves - eFilmCritic.com
Joe Lozito - Big Picture Big Sound
Dean Essner - Empire Magazine
Three of the most accomplished actors of their respective generations, Brando, De Niro, and Edward Norton, are underused in this old-fashioned heist crime picture.
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
Derek Adams - Time Out
Steven Snyder - Zertinet Movies
The story is so dull and perfunctory, the audience just enjoys watching the actors...
Jeffrey Overstreet - Looking Closer
Christopher Tookey - Daily Mail [UK]
Alexander Walker - This is London
While you'll telegraph its plot twist ten minutes before it actually happens, you'll be too wrapped up in the performances to care.
Harry Guerin - RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)
Wilson Morales - BlackFilm.com
Susan Tavernetti - Palo Alto Weekly
John R. McEwen - Film Quips Online
A heist film with several issues, but ultimately enjoyable.
Wesley Lovell - Oscar Guy
Wesley Lovell - Cinema Sight
Nick Davis - Nick's Flick Picks
David Poland - Hot Button