Variety - 07/16/2001
"THE SCORE is as close to a hat tick as any mainstream Hollywood entertainment in some time. Restoring the seductive style to the no-nonsense procedural heist movie to complete luster....[A] meticulously detailed thriller....A supremely solid movie..."
Entertainment Weekly - 07/20/2001
"...Smart, tense, clever, and methodical....This is the sort of movie you enjoy exactly because of its gadgety obsessiveness and deft clockwork design..."
Rolling Stone - 08/02/2001
"...Brando -- his eyes alive with mischief -- is the life of the movie..."
Los Angeles Times - 07/13/2001
"...A top-drawer heist movie that ratchets up the tension inch by careful inch....Engrossing..."
Sight and Sound - 10/01/2001
"...There's an undeniable pleasure in seeing De Niro taking to crime in earnest once more....And for Brandologists there's one more performance for the collection..."
Chicago Sun-Times - 07/13/2001
"...THE SCORE is the best pure heist movie in recent years..."
Every thief dreams of the big heist that will allow him to leave the business of crime behind. Every thief except Nick (Robert De Niro), a cool, methodical safecracker who never takes on long-shot jobs until his longtime partner, Max (Marlon Brando), offers him the big score--to filch a priceless scepter from the Montreal customs house. Wary about the job, Nick and the hotheaded customs house "insider," Jackie (Edward Norton), begin to dissect the elaborate details of entering the building, avoiding the security measures, blowing the safe, and escaping with the scepter. But as in every thrilling crime caper, plans go awry.
Skilled comic director Frank Oz is clearly comfortable working with the best method actors from the past three generations. Brando's Max bursts with joyful cynicism, while De Niro is Brando's perfect foil, so collected that every smile seems like a revelation. Norton's Jackie is far more expressive, but it is Norton's smallest movements--holding a gaze a half beat too long--that hint at the secret motives pulsing beneath his skin. Smooth like the scotch Nick likes to drink, and swirling with tension, THE SCORE provides the real payoff to the audience.