The Score (2001) A sturdily 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… 2001-07-13 R PT124M Action/Adventure Drama Robert De Niro Edward Norton Angela Bassett Marlon Brando Gary Farmer Andrew Walker Eagle Point Production Horseshoe Bay Productions Mandalay Pictures Paramount Pictures Paramount Pictures
Review

The Score (2001)

MPAA Rating: R
EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: Jul 13, 2001; Rated: R; Length: 124 Minutes; Genres: Action/Adventure, Drama; With: Robert De Niro and Edward Norton; Distributor: Paramount Pictures

A sturdily 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. Robert De Niro, gripping in his terse caution, is the veteran safecracker who agrees to team up with a brilliant and arrogant young thief (Edward Norton) for one Last Big Score. The movie offers the pleasure of seeing a master plan flawlessly executed as well as the equal and opposite pleasure of watching that plan go up in smoke. As De Niro's fence and comrade, Marlon Brando does a cross between Truman Capote and a very lordly elf.

Originally posted Jul 27, 2001 Published in issue #606 Jul 27, 2001 Order article reprints