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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A by the numbers heist movie which succeeds for the reasons that it shouldn't.
I was drawn to this movie by the mixture of Bobby D, Edward Norton and the late Marlon Brando all sharing the screen, but in the end, I enjoyed it for a vastly different reason to the acting (which on all accounts apart from Norton's, was inexcusably poor.)

The way this film succeeds is strange.
It takes all the clichés of the heist movie:
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Published on 13 Mar 2009 by Gareth Edwards

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3.0 out of 5 stars A different type of crime piece.
Robert DeNiro plays Nick Wells, a professional criminal, who after planning to leave crime behind for good, is tempted into one last job by his partner Max {Marlon Brando}. It's a job too good to turn down, but Nick must work with someone he doesn't know or trust, Jackie Teller {Edward Norton}.

If the above summary doesn't scream out as exciting, well you would...
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A by the numbers heist movie which succeeds for the reasons that it shouldn't., 13 Mar 2009
This review is from: The Score [DVD] (DVD)
I was drawn to this movie by the mixture of Bobby D, Edward Norton and the late Marlon Brando all sharing the screen, but in the end, I enjoyed it for a vastly different reason to the acting (which on all accounts apart from Norton's, was inexcusably poor.)

The way this film succeeds is strange.
It takes all the clichés of the heist movie:
1. The middle aged guy who wants to go straight but gets roped into doing "one last job" by his old friend/superior/boss/all 3 at once
2. The old friend/superior/boss/all 3 at once who is greatly uncharacterised that ropes the "one last job" guy into said job. Sub-plot about getting into debt with some dodgy mob types is usually included.
3. The cocky, volatile young gun.
4. The girlfriend of the "one last job" guy that's only there because if there were any more testerone in the film, dvd players all around the world would begin imploding.

And then it combines them all into the same picture, totally by the numbers, and the effect this gives is that you imagine the characters breaking the fourth wall and winking at you, letting you know that it's self-referentialist idiocy, which makes it all okay.

Because these 4 clichés are a cinematic legacy which you can't help but love, this film knowingly exacts each cliché PERFECTLY, leaving you with a smile on your face despite the fact you know this is in all likelihood the most unoriginal film ever made.
And through its complete and utter lack of originality, it almost becomes the exact opposite, and makes for a tongue in cheek thrill ride.

Bonus points for Edward Norton proving his versatility by playing basically 2 people at once.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Film, 15 July 2011
This review is from: The Score [DVD] [2001] (DVD)
This is an absolutely excellent movie with some superb acting performed by both De Niro and Norton ( in particular ).

An excellent storyline with several plot twists, not least being the final one !!

The suspense builds throughout the film and at times will have you squeezing the arms of your seat.

A very clever plot line and you're never quite sure who has the upper hand until the very last scene.

Very, very recommended viewing.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars GOOD RATHER THAN GREAT BUT WELL WORTH WATCHING!!!, 8 Sep 2002
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Mr. N. Carnegie (Kirkcaldy, Scotland, UK.) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Score [DVD] [2001] (DVD)
Aren't heist movies great? Warm and familiar like a comfy old armchair, they are one of the oldest and (if done well) most enjoyable film genres around. You can sit back at the movie theatre with your popcorn in one hand or at home in front of the TV with a beer, safe in the knowledge that some craggy, world weary old thief set on retirement will be persuaded to do one last job, with a rookie understudy whom he doesn't trust, on a job which you just know wont go as smoothly as planned.
The Score is no different in that respect in that it stars Robert De Niro as a craggy old world weary thief, persuaded to take on one last high risk job before retiring. Ed Norton plays the rookie understudy scamming his employers by posing as Brian, a man with a disability and learning difficulties. Of course Robert De Niro's character Nick, always works alone and doesn't trust anybody but he is persuaded by his camp bloated old fence, Max (Marlon Brando) to work with Jack (Ed Norton). You see Max (Brando) is in up to his eyeballs in gambling debts and is likely to be forcibly shuffled off this mortal coil unless he comes up with the money, Jack (Norton) is working on the inside and Nick (De Niro) is the only man with the knowledge and the skills to get the job done.
Like most heist movies it's a bit of a slow burn build up, it's all about building up the tension until showtime. Inevitably there are a few scares along the way and Director Frank Oz (yes that's right Yoda, or at least the voice of Yoda) does a decent job in building up the tension. Of course one of the great draws of this movie is Frank Oz's coup in getting Brando, De Niro and Norton all on screen at the same time in the same movie. Brando was in his day was considered to be the world's greatest living actor, a mantle De Niro has carried for the past 20/25 years. Edward Norton is not far behind and is generally considered by many (including myself) to be the greatest actor of his generation on the back of great films (American History X, Fight Club) and great performances (Primal Fear, Rounders, Keeping The Faith, The People Versus Larry Flynt, Everybody Says I Love You). Robert De Niro is of course reliably good but not at his brilliant best and it is Ed Norton in the dual role of Jack and Brian who has the meatiest part and adds some energy and vitality to the whole production. Marlon Brando's role however, is something of an oddity. It's not much more than a cameo and its something that he could do in his sleep, which is just as well because it looks like that's exactly what he did.
If there are any criticisms to be levelled at The Score it has to be on the basis that it really is a by the numbers crime caper and lacks none of the originality or vitality of something like Reservoir Dogs and nor does it really take full advantage of its AAA list cast. The opening sequences whilst interesting, perhaps lack the action and intensity you might wish, although they do serve as an insight into Jack's MO (he always works outside the country, he always plans meticulously, doesn't take chances and is never greedy). That said The Score is enjoyable first and foremost for its excellent cast and the opportunity to see them share screen time. Secondly the last forty minutes of the movie where we eventually get to witness the heist are excellent; the heist is great edge of your seat stuff and there are plenty of unexpected twists and turns and an excellent climax. Ultimately though, you are left with the feeling that you've seen this all before and done better. It's more like that trusty old arm chair, warm and comfortable rather than new and exciting. That said it's an enjoyable yarn. Good rather than great BUT still well worth a watch.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A different type of crime piece., 11 Aug 2011
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Spike Owen "John Rouse Merriott Chard" (Birmingham, England.) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Score [DVD] (DVD)
Robert DeNiro plays Nick Wells, a professional criminal, who after planning to leave crime behind for good, is tempted into one last job by his partner Max {Marlon Brando}. It's a job too good to turn down, but Nick must work with someone he doesn't know or trust, Jackie Teller {Edward Norton}.

If the above summary doesn't scream out as exciting, well you would be right. For this Frank Oz directed caper is more about the actors and the characters they portray than any sort of Ocean's Eleven coolness and zip. There's a good argument for saying The Score suffers because of the weight of expectation that comes with its leading stars. Lets face it, the names Brando, DeNiro and Norton offer three generations of men considered to be in the best of their time. But scratch away at the picture on repeat visits and you find that outside of the small written part for Brando {his last feature film}, expectation is met as regards it being an actors film. Yes the plot in essence is straight and safe in formula, but it's with the dialogue and character forming that Oz's film breaks free from being a muchness of a muchness. Sure most would have liked to have seen a Michael Mann meets Tarrantino crime flick, with Bob and Ed laying waste to all in their paths-offering up quips as they go. But this is a different animal and it's obvious to the discerning eye and ear why Messrs DeNiro and Norton chose to do this film. 6.5/10
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great film, okay blu-ray, 10 Jan 2010
This review is from: The Score [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
This is a really good movie and well worth a watch. Both Ed Norton and Robert De Nero are brilliant in this film. The blu-ray quality was okay. Not the best ever seen but not too bad. Sound was okay, nothing outstanding. All in all a good flick, good price and worth a look.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars De Niro and Norton at their best!, 5 Feb 2007
This review is from: The Score [DVD] (DVD)
Robert De Niro plays a guy called Nick who is part-time safe breaker and Jazz club owner who is about to retire when approached by Brando he is persuaded to accept this "one last job".A young and cocky Edward Norton is the inside man and plays a brilliant part as a mentally backward person who is not!Brando has a somewhat cameo role and Angela Bassett is the love interest.The film runs at a fast pace throughout with a fair amount of edge of seat drama and a superb end twist.I do not want to give away any of the plot.A really good film, well-produced and directed and a bargain buy.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars De Niro, Brando, Norton - a Method Cast List made in Heaven, 14 Dec 2005
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This review is from: The Score [DVD] [2001] (DVD)
You know that old plot line - you've probably seen it a million times before (Heist, Heat, Carlito's Way etc etc - Im sure you can think of plenty more). A world weary criminal looking to get out of the game for good but he has a weakness - he just can't say no to completing one last job....
Frank Oz's movie, The Score retreads this familiar story but what really elevates it above the normal offering for the genre is of course the actors involved and what a cast list it is. De Niro, Brando & Norton. A Method acting marriage made in heaven & quite possibly the 3 greatest actors of their generation.
De Niro is Nick Wells, jazz club owner by day, expert thief by night who longs for a quiet life with his girlfriend (played by Angela Bassett). However soon an old buddy comes calling (Brando), offering him the job of a lifetime - to steal a valuable sceptre from the Montreal Customs House. Once the job is done Nick can return to his new life. However it's not going to be easy - not only is the building security extremely tight but he's going to have to work with a young pretender determined to prove himself as a expert thief (played by Norton).
What the plot lacks in originality it more than makes for it with sheer class. The big heist is well set up and executed and it really is such a joy to watch old pros like Brando & De Niro together at last. However its Edward Norton's performance that almost steals the movie alternating between master thief and a clever masquerade as a mentally challenged cleaner to gain access to the Custom House. He proves beyond doubt that he's more than a match for the Method masters.
However if we must be critical perhaps the movie just lacks that a bit of spark, that extra bit of drive & excitement at times. A few more action set pieces would have been gratefully appreciated but overall it's a minor quibble.
Verdict:
A comfortable way to spend a few hours watching great actors at work. The Score elevates itself above the normal run of the mill heist movie through sheer Method acting class.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Yeah a little formulaic but......., 30 July 2002
This review is from: The Score [DVD] [2001] (DVD)
Young kid on the up. Old Fox of a master thief.
Intrigue, twists, turns - something to keep you on the edge of your seat.....
In truth it uses a lot of the old standby's for this sort of film - sure. But it's well done and the setting is very different from most heist movies. In my case it's the sort of film that I'll be watching on Sunday afternoon's and loving every minute of.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad..., 12 Feb 2010
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This review is from: The Score [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
Although it's not the masterpiece you'd expect having 3 legends of film like these on the screen together, it's still a decent film. The Blu Ray transfer doesn't really do much to impress but it's by no means terrible and a definite improvement from the DVD. No extras.

Overall decent film, average transfer and rubbish extras.

6/10
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Missed by a mile., 23 Aug 2004
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This review is from: The Score [DVD] [2001] (DVD)
In persevering to the end of The Score, I not only suspended but sprained my disbelief while avoiding holes in the plot. But watch to the end I did, and in doing so I think I see what the makers were aiming for. Even with Brando at his most naturalistic they missed by a mile, though.
It's a watchable if uneven suspense/action/heist caper. If it were on TV you'd watch it until something better came on another channel. Pleasant enough but entirely unengaging.
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