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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
- 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
- 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
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Nick Davis - Nick's Flick Picks
David Poland - Hot Button
- Film Threat
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
Margaret A. McGurk - Cincinnati Enquirer
Joshua Tyler - CinemaBlend.com
Kevin N. Laforest - Montreal Film Journal
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Betty Jo Tucker - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Jimmy O - Film Snobs
Apesar de suas qualidades, A Cartada Final certamente ficou nos devendo o tao prometido duelo de interpretacoes.
Pablo Villaca - Cinema em Cena
"The Score" has one of the more frustrating of success stories: It succeeds mostly through its cast.
Collin Souter - eFilmCritic.com
Opens and closes with tour-de-force action, acting, and camera work. In the middle is some dead space.
Michael W. Phillips, Jr. - Goatdog's Movies
When all is said and done, the only reason this movie rises above a certain level is because at one point Marlon Brando, Robert De Niro, and Edward Norton share the screen.
Mark Dujsik - Mark Reviews Movies
Kamal 'The Diva' Larsuel - 3BlackChicks Review
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
Si se pudiera describir el resultado final con una sola palabra, esta seria la de decepcionante.
Jorge Avila Andrade - Moviola
"The Score" is basically a three-man show, but when those men are actors of this caliber, the proceedings become worthy.
Ted Murphy - Baseline.Hollywood.com
A workmanlike film that is technically fine and emotionally vacant.
Walter Chaw - Film Freak Central
...all things considered, The Score scores.
John J. Puccio - DVDTown.com
John J. Puccio - Movie Metropolis
Jules Brenner - Cinema Signals
The script's refusal to take any chances is the film's death knell
Andrew Howe - eFilmCritic.com
En efecto, se trata de una larga coleccion de cliches del genero, pero el resultado es agradable y los dos estelares llenan la pantalla...
Alex Ramirez - Cinenganos
DeNiro and Norton score while Brando simply sweats.
Scott Weinberg - eFilmCritic.com
- Irish Times
Oz courts first-rate performances from each of his stars.
Jamie Russell - BBC
You could take the same cast and do another Killer Tomatoes sequel, and it would still be worthwhile to watch.
Widgett Walls - Needcoffee.com
Emily Blunt - Blunt Review
A good heist movie, flawed but thoroughly competent, with an amazing cast and precise, almost Mametian dialogue.
Eugene Novikov - Film Blather
"While the actors hold back on the emoting, they are so convincing in their roles that you really believe they are master thieves."
Matt Easterbrook - Matt's Movie Reviews
Adam Nayman - eye WEEKLY
Offers nothing particularly new or different from films like it of the past.
Eric Monder - Film Journal International
a solid piece of old-fashioned genre work starring a brilliantly assembled cast of heavyweight American actors
James Kendrick - Q Network Film Desk
Scott A. Mantz - Scott Mantz' Movie Reviews
An old-fashioned heist movie.
Dennis Schwartz - Ozus' World Movie Reviews
In a season of CG effects and thespians, the film's old-fashioned feel is not only refreshing but feels downright innovative.
Michael Dequina - TheMovieReport.com
Well paced and perfect for moviegoers who want their minds occupied as well as their adrenal glands stimulated.
Brian Webster - Apollo Guide
- Ebert & Roeper
'The Score' is a caper movie featuring big-time talent hampered by a drowsy story line.
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
Gary Brown - Houston Community Newspapers
Oz seems determined to show us his tough-guy chops, but this simply isn't his bag, and it shows.
Gregory Weinkauf - New Times
Witnessing De Niro, Norton, Brando and Bassett act in this film is like watching Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa play softball. You're not sure why they're doing it, but you wouldn't miss the game for anything.
Edward Johnson-Ott - NUVO Newsweekly
Here you have three generations of truly great actors.
Jim Chastain - Norman Transcript
This crackling heist thriller is a creative study in minimalism, never giving away any more than necessary to get the job done.
Sean Means - Salt Lake Tribune
We're not just talking an A-list cast, we're talking A+.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
A missed opportunity, one that will undoubtedly go down as little more than a footnote in these fine performers' respective careers.
Dustin Putman - DustinPutman.com
Mark R. Leeper - rec.arts.movies.reviews
The story might not have much that's new, but it is still fun to see a thief look at an intimidating new safe utterly undaunted.
Nell Minow - Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
Our pleasure derives from watching all the creative participants in this movie go through their paces and riff creatively on the established themes.
Marjorie Baumgarten - Austin Chronicle
There's not much originality on display in The Score, but occasionally it's nice to take comfort in sheer competence.
Robert W. Butler - Kansas City Star
Mostly just went gaga over the three generations of extremely talented and 'method' actors appearing on the screen at the same time.
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Cynthia Fuchs - Philadelphia City Paper
Three generations of actors score in an intruiging film that centers not on melodramatic action but on brainwork.
Harvey S. Karten - Compuserve
A taut, suspenseful heist flick that'll keep you on the edge of your seat.
- E! Online
The Score has its requisite plot twists and they're dandies. What really makes The Score a must-see film are the three central performances.
Louis B. Hobson - Calgary Sun
Its single-mindedness still makes for a refreshing change from the preposterous bloat of most contemporary action movies.
Rene Rodriguez - Miami Herald
A snappy little heist movie with acting performances both deft and brilliant.
Barry Johnson - Oregonian
When Norton and De Niro aren't firing away on the screen together like machines, The Score rapidly falls into a 'been there, done that' coma.
Marc Fortier - Reel.com
It is the human spectacle of three of America's finest screen actors passing on their wisdom and gifts from one generation to the next that lends this movie a self-reflexive glow and lifts it above the cliches on which it is constructed.
Jan Stuart - Newsday
A solid suspense thriller that's fun.
Bob Graham - San Francisco Chronicle
One of the worst heist pictures in recent memory.
Wade Major - Boxoffice Magazine
Strictly by the numbers -- you can almost hear all four screenwriters counting off the obligatory plot points one by one.
Dave Kehr - Citysearch
The patient and meticulous Oz discards the camera tricks and MTV-style quick cuts that allow directors like Dominic Sena and Simon West to have careers, relying solely on a well-thought-out script.
Sean O'Connell - Eclipse Magazine
One heist that goes down real easy.
Tanya L. Edwards - TV Guide's Movie Guide
One of the smartest pieces of filmmaking to come from a major studio this year.
Jeff Vice - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Snug, but not too smug.
David Elliott - San Diego Union-Tribune
Even working with actors of such stature, Oz's methodical direction covers the bases but never really allows us to lose ourselves in the world he creates.
Donald Munro - Fresno Bee
Good acting defeats lame writing.
Lawrence Toppman - Charlotte Observer
Decent and generally enjoyable but ultimately nothing overly special.
Jim Judy - Screen It!
Like The Score itself, there are moments when we get a little lost, when we even get dull for a while. But if approached right, growing older can leave us feeling invigorated. Just like The Score.
John Zebrowski - Seattle Times
Fans of first-rate acting won't want to miss The Score. Everything else in the film is gravy.
Jack Garner - Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
The Score works beautifully on the relationship level.
Liz Braun - Jam! Movies
An absolute pleasure from start to finish.
Staci Layne Wilson - Fantastica Daily
Once the heist swings into action, every moment is enthralling.
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
Has a feeble plot that gets in the way.
Joe Baltake - Sacramento Bee
The film has a very long buildup for what turns out to be rather pedestrian robbery. It is the scenes among De Niro, Brando and Norton that are the most interesting.
Jay Stone - Ottawa Citizen
affable but disastrously cliched
Tom Block - culturevulture.net
A fun, simply directed heist picture that's smart enough, darkly stylish enough and suspenseful enough to keep you very satisfied.
Dave White - IFilm
The problem with this film is the script. It's entirely conventional, and in fact a little boring, but it's in fact worth it to see De Niro and Brando in the same room together.
Eric Lurio - Greenwich Village Gazette
Plays like a slow motion version of Entrapement with De Niro attempting a geriatric rendition of Catherine Zeta-Jones.
Steve Rhodes - Internet Reviews
De Niro and Norton play off of each other beautifully.
Paul Tatara - CNN.com
The results are admirable and entertaining if a little underwhelming; the cumulative star power isn't as impressive as might have been expected.
Philip Booth - Orlando Weekly
Could've been so much more, but the stars make it worth checking out.
Eleanor Ringel Gillespie - Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Now here's one that hits the mark. What's weird is, it's not the actual story or script that makes it work -- it's the actors.
A pulse-racing break-in thriller that shatters the mold because of its absolutely brilliant performances and its handful of entertaining twists.
Rob Blackwelder - SPLICEDWire
An old-fashioned adventure drama that grabs us by gradually accelerating the tempo and by dangling a few 'Wait a minute. Why did he do that?' moments in front of us to keep us guessing.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
...no worse or no better than the rest, which makes it just good enough.
Duane Dudek - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
The script is only so-so but it has a terrific retro style, it's well-directed and it makes an engrossing showcase for its trio of stars.
William Arnold - Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Like a diet cola, The Score has fizz, but very little savor and no calories to speak of.
Cody Clark - Mr. Showbiz
Well-executed and satisfying.
Mary F. Pols - Contra Costa Times
From it's opening sequence to the film's conclusion -- The Score played out with an intelligent and understated grace.
Tony Toscano - Talking Pictures (U.S.)
An extravagantly cast buddy movie, a summertime caper flick, peppered with a few thrills and many laughs.
Francesca Chapman - Philadelphia Daily News
A handsomely mounted yawn.
Bruce Newman - San Jose Mercury News
A routine heist drama distinguished only by the names above the title.
Terry Lawson - Detroit Free Press
The Score plays a familiar tune, but plays it well.
Todd Anthony - South Florida Sun-Sentinel
There's nothing particularly bad about this movie, and there are a number of scenes that are competently done. But given the acting talent involved, such faint praise is pretty damning.
Glenn Whipp - Los Angeles Daily News
With the talent involved, "The Score" promises to be a worthy caper flick. Instead, it robs viewers of two hours and the cost of a ticket.
Dan Lybarger - Lawrence Journal-World
Let down by a tepid script, plodding direction and--amazingly, in view of the talent involved--indifferent acting; this isn't a winning 'Score.'
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
The Score manages to pull off a feat seen so rarely in cinema today: It makes you forget you're watching a movie.
Christopher Null - Filmcritic.com
Offers little more than a strange combination of heist-flick cliches and cop-flick cliches.
Jon Popick - Planet Sick-Boy
The immensely charismatic and ballsy Norton and De Niro could have been playing scrabble the whole time, and it would still be nearly impossible to take your eyes off them.
Prairie Miller - WBAI Web Radio