“ There is not much drama nor much character development but one the action kicks off about halfway through the movie, it is pretty entertaining.
“The Bottom Line: If you go to see this movie, understand that it is slow, with no real surprises.
“ It's supposed to be intriguing because of the mechanics of it.
“ The story is pretty dull and despite the good acting, the film has a very sleep inducing feel to it.
“ Brando's role, while not very large, adds a lot to the film, a bit of light material to an otherwise intense film.
“ It has an empty screenplay that never scores.
“ Well what can i say,it was a good movie,maybe not for everyone,but i personally enjoyed it immensley.
“ The creation of a film with such a wonderful balance of an interesting set-up and such well-outlined characters makes for a very satisfying and entertaining film.
“ The heist itself is obviously the most exciting portion of the film, and the tension escalates more and more with every passing minute.
“ This movie is pretty suspenseful, yet very predictable.
“ Fairly tedious though.
“ The final scene had me literally on the edge of my seat.
“ The Score plods agonizingly through its first two acts only to lead to a visually frenetic third act with predictable twists, loose ends galore, and an abrupt, anti-climactic resolution.
“ Save your money.
“ All these activities seem pointless if they are not developed nor shot in a manner that is gripping and comprehensible.
“ All in all a fine movie that will keep you on the edge of your seat.
“ More than anything else, it is the climax of the movie, which makes it complete as an entertaining thriller.
“ The Score is a movie which really kept me on the edge of my seat when I first saw it.
“ Slightly predictable .
“ It is a perfectly well done movie with an exceptional cast and a very entertaining dialogue developing an interesting story which leads towards a quite stirring climax and surprises with an unexpected ending.
“ The slow-moving story and camera allows you to appreciate the composition of the shots.
“ Painfully slow.
“ The ending is unexpected and efficient.
“ Also worth watching in that it was the great Marlon Brando's last movie.
“The Score is smooth and sophisticated, and while it does present the occasional cliche (such as DeNiro's character looking to get out of "the business") it is throroughly enjoyable.
“ And since then, an empty husk.
“ There are too many wasted moments of dull editing and sequencing, with little to distract the audience (which doesn't say much about the dialogue).
“ Banal and somewhat pathetic!
“ Some have commented about the slowness of the film and the lackluster performance of DeNiro.
“ As for this film, there are many other elements that lack which drowns The Score' into a tiresome film.
“ If watched with keeping the brain aside to rest, it is thrilling and entertaining, and can be savored at best.
“ The Score is essentially a Hollywood crime flick of the worst kind: big stars, big budget, bad story, bad characters and a terribly predictable "twist".
“ Not a great film, but interesting and exciting, especially where thay are planning the caper.
“ The guts of the film contain a lot of standard robbery fare; state-of-the-art vault, surveillance system disabled by computers, unexplained gadgetry used to bust into the high tech safe, ZZZZzzzzzzz.
“ This story, full of twists and turns, leaves you satisfied when you leave the theater.
“ Cliche after cliche occurs, both in the dialogue and in the plot.
“ The Score (2001)Wow, the last half hour is gripping, exciting stuff.
“ Instead, it's a mildly entertaining heist film.
“ It is suspenseful, it is explosive, it is pure fast-paced fun.. despite being noticeably underdeveloped.
“ The most amazing thing about this movie is the fact that the plot depends entirely on old worn-out cliché of heist flicks the hero retiring, wants out and pulling off the final score.
“ I have no idea why actors of the caliber of Ed Norton and Robert DeNiro would be involved in such a lackluster, slow moving film.
“ Three powerhouse performances, good dialogue and characters, and exciting twists and turns that don't cheat the audience.
“The movie starts off a little slow.
“ It started off pretty slow as you would assume and built as the heist was planned.
“ He is young and impulsive, he is confident, he is intense.
“ Should be enjoyable stuff for most, especially gadget geeks and DeNiro fans.
“ Rather than relying on a series of banal subplots, worthless characters, or, worst of all, a convoluted plot that disconnects the viewer just as quickly as it could've grabbed them, the writers work to keep The Score rooted in being precisely what it should be - a heist film with shady characters with self-centered ideologies with the element of deception being so present it disappears quite frequently amidst what appears to be complete honesty amongst the characters.
“ Not that "The Score" is a great movie; it's a good movie, entertaining with competent direction, enjoyable dialogue and solid acting.
“ The movie builds to what I consider to be one of the most suspenseful and surprising endings I have seen in a very long time.
“ The movie started slow.
“ II agree with most people who liked the movie and I highly recommend it.
“ It's a decent but formulaic movie that brings three excellent performers together.
“ So predictable .
“ Even the filming in Montreal was boring.
“ The movie was utterly predictable.
“ This is a solid, professional attempt at a heist movie with many enticing sequences and riveting dialogue.
“ The characters are shallow and the plot predictable.
“ Now I am thinking, it is flawed but well worth watching if you like Heist movies or even if you don't.
“Initially, The Score moves slowly and predictably enough, but as its subtly humorous tone prevails, underscoring the setup, the character exposition, and the narrative ins and outs, the movie becomes alluring in an unexpected way, hitting you with a refreshing sort of earnest integrity.
“ had some old movie qualities but became intense, (3 viewings)
“ Derivative, But Still Enjoyable .
“ But I think that if it were nearly as "exciting!
“Perhaps the most attractive, engaging aspect of The Score is the variety of its three lead actors, arguably the best actors of their time.
“ As in all caper movies, the plot is intricate, suspenseful and studded with unexpected twists and turns.
“ Anyways, I enjoyed The Score, and I highly recommend it.
“ It's well worth watching and definately one of the better films of its genre.
“ The pace quickens, a bunch of conflicts put you on the edge of your seat, and you actually start caring who comes out ahead in the end.
“The Last Word: Boring.
“The music's pretty awful as well: composer Howard Shaw evidently fell asleep after the first bridge, so that the score is as bad as every other score chronicled in this film -- monotonous, repetitive, unoriginal.
“ Frank Oz's direction is so slick as to be invisible, the seemingly slow pace at the start of the film matched by a racing climax.
“ Rather it relies on the screenwriters words and the actors to create a compelling story.
“The plot is fantastic.. Even if it seems quite boring, too slow and it sounds obvious at first, you will soon realize that the time flies to the end.
“, the cinematography of THE SCORE was steadily and slowly paced so you could pick out some beautifully subtle touches.
“The pace is good and even though there are a fewer, shall we say, slower moments to break up the main story, they are necessary and they don't ruin the overall pace of the film.
“' This electrifying intense film stars Robert Deniro, Edward Norton, and Marlon Brando (ever heard of them?
“ On that note, the act of the heist itself felt dull and mundane.
“ Engrossing Heist Movie .
“ Not for Everyone, but those with Patience and Strong Attention Spans will most likely get a Kick out of the Actors and Enjoy the Suspenseful Conclusion.
“ If you have, though, avoid this stale, tedious Frank Oz foray into one of the basic variations of the crime drama genre.
“ but this movie bored me from the first to the last take.
“ The twists and turns it takes will keep you on the edge of your seat.
“ Don't waste your time.
“ So what makes the movie boring?
“ What sets the score apart is its stellar cast, all of whom are fairly bland.
“ Brando's is well-nigh unwatchable.
“ There isn't much action in this action flick, and whenever there is action, it is very predictable.
“ In fact, the only thing that really does evoke any suspense at all is the music, and that gets tiring after you realize, "Hey, the only thing that was exciting in that scene was the musical score.
“ Everything in this movie screams cliche.
“ But that said, The Score is entertaining and you could do far worse at the video store.
“ Of course, having one of the most exciting casts ever to be assembled for a movie didn't hurt Oz's efforts either.
“As for the plot, it is very riveting after a methodical buildup, and certainly the ending was well worth the wait.
“ The Bore .
“ Her character was boring.
“ Flawed but worth watching.
“ Slick but formulaic heist movie with obligatory twist thrown in at end.
“ While not a spectacular movie, The Score does a nice job of providing a good heist story and unexpected plot twists.
“ They create a fine, taut drama with a rousing twist at the end.
“ Really it was just so bland as to be almost monotonous.
“ Interesting Story with Unexpected Twists .
“ Whilst it is certainly no 'Heat', it is a fairly enjoyable movie that is worth a look, if only to watch De Niro and Norton act on screen together.
“ The thrill of the heist and getting caught kept me on the edge of my seat...
“ Instead we're left with a finely performed snoozer.
“ De Niro looked a little bored.
“The movie isnt really what you would call "action packed.
“ I endured the boring pre-heist moments, expecting a good final scene.
“ Worth watching if for nothing else than to see three legends doing what they do best in one film.
“ this movie was a waste of my money.
“see this at home so you can fast forward through the slow parts.
“ This is an all around enjoyable movie, with a great setting.
“ Should be called the Bore .
“ The cost of this authenticity is a slower movie, which is not as exciting as it could be.
“ This film, which features a pedestrian screenplay riddled with predictable movie cliches, is still fun to watch .
“ "The Score" is still an entertaining film and provides a not often seen setting (Montreal).
“ Immersed in an Immense Minutia of Tradecraft connected with High-End Jewel Thieves, the Film Unfolds at a "Cool Jazz" Pace, and Literally a "Cool Jazz" Place.
“ All fans of slow moving formula action pictures line up here.
“ Too much is left to chance or quite formulaic.
“ To say the least, it was very linear, yet unpredictable at the same time.
“ It drags in some places and some of the plot twist were predictable.
“ But Frank Oz went behind the camera to manage the team of a very taut and compelling suspense movie with three actors that could all bat clean-up by themselves--each representing a different generation: Marlon Brando who began his career in the 1950's playing lower middle class urbanites, Robert DeNiro, who began playing tough-talking New York Italians on the rough end of New York and Brooklyn in the 1970's, and Edward Norton, the new kid on the block, whose similar resumé includes amoral characters with a nervous-angst that comes off like Anthony Perkins on speed; he began his acting career in the mid-1990's in films also in urban settings.
“ It is a heist movie, we've seen it before in different variations, but this movie was compelling nonetheless.
“ Oz' compelling direction is as good as anything Brian DePalma or Martin Scorsese could have dreamed up.
“ ******SPOILERS*********** The beginning of this movie is pretty slow.
“ Overall this was a very enjoyable movie - well worth the price of admission.
“'Despite its banal nature, though, `The Score' still manages to entertain, if only because its cast and its director lend their best efforts towards giving life to this tired material.
“ Great cast here, folks, and we get a great story which they have immersed themselves into.
“ It wasn't a bad story, it was pretty typical and predictable.
“ A Score Bore .
“ Angela Bassett's character is underdeveloped, and most of the twists the film takes are fairly predictable.
“"The Score" is a snoozing snore of a movie.
“ the fact that a lot of the action takes place on computers also doesn't help, and there's a predictable twist at the end.
“ The most "exciting" scene of the movie dragged out for what seemed to be hours.
“ The telling is a little slow but holds the attention pretty well, while the job itself is unspectacular but enjoyable.
“ Overly complex and contrived plot.
“That,however,shouldn't't deflect away from the fact that this is one last chance to see an American legend in Brando on film(to be sure,it seems Marlon's film appearances after the mid-1960s were increasingly rare),or a chance to see the quiet tension that builds between the slow-burning DeNiro and the hyper-kinetic Norton,as cat burglar-in-retirement and an aspiring young con,respectively.
“ Simply put, Director Frank Oz (Bowfinger', In & Out' and the voice of Yoda in the Star Wars' films) cannot master the fine art of suspenseful filmmaking as demonstrated in his film The Score'.
“ The technical achivement of sneaking into a maximum security facility and getting out with what you came for is a fascinating idea for all of us.
“ Along with its healthful entertaining value, the score itself, of THE SCORE, by Howard Shore is good music for the ears.
“ You HAVE to concentrate on Ed Norton having the most perfectly formed neck in the human species or YOU WILL DIE OF BOREDOM!!!
“ Very Good Film has slow start .
“ Flaws are a slow start, and the wasting of Angela Bassets character which in many ways was underdeveloped and probably not even neccesary.
“ Sometimes, the story feels a bit cliche of the "aging great thief" hired to do one last job and a multitude of different twists happen along the way.
“ the only good part about it, was predictable at best.
“ His simple movements and actions are very entertaining and amusing.
“ The film's only flaw is the slow-moving romantic-interest plot, which really isn't necessary anyway.
“ This is a complete mess and a total bore.
“ Enjoyable overall; trailer ruins ending .
“ Entertaining enough, I guess.
“ To end off my review, I must say that The Score is a brilliant piece of film-making and that the director and cast should all deserve Oscars for their engrossing performances.
“ So the movie starts out slow.
“ Alas, "The Score" is not one of those instances, albiet it is EXTREMELY entertaining.
“The movie still tries to put some life into the movie by giving it some twists and creating some unpredictable characteristics for the two main characters.
“ The plot is predictable and moves at an excruciatingly slow pace.
“ The Score was simply a boring crime caper with a script to weak to really liven anything up.
“ Enjoyable heist-movie .
“BLOWS AWAY the bloated and pretentious director David Mamet when it comes to directing a crime caper!
“ From this movie on, I'll be more careful - the film is as boring, eventless, unoriginal and monotonous as they get.
“ I tried to watch this movie on 3 different occasions and every time I fell asleep during it, only to wake up and find the damn thing still going.
“ Because of the films slow pacing,it doesn't really get the adrenaline flowing like this type of filmshould.
“ Sadly, the combined talents fail to ignite the intense and energized quality as seen in Sexy Beast.
“ And of the three performances, the most compelling may surprise you.
“it was very cliche, predictable and formulaic.
“ the whole "one last heist" thing was very tiring.. boring, ya de dah, who cares, we all know hes gonna do it anyway, etc.. the whole girlfriend thing is tiring too.....
“ It had me on the edge of my seat.
“ It really is very poor and spoiled my enjoyment of this movie big time The storyline is suspenseful involving a criminal masterminds one last heist job.
“ OK-ish - really only worth watching for its historical significance .
“ Overall its just another movie, it lacks the luxury of a Mission Impossible type movie, lacking the James Bond scenes, giving it a dull ambiance.
“The rest is just an average though entertaining safe cracker story, far from being anything like inventive.
“ Methodically made, articulately put together with a final 20 minutes that are taut, tense and exciting.
“ He has a style about him, both in physical expressions and delivery of lines, that makes watching him very enjoyable.
“ While the acting from all parts was spectacular, the movie itself was predictable and unoriginal.
“ The Bore .
“ Good, but slow .
“ I enjoyed it and think it is worth watching for that.
“ Although, at times, I did feel it get kind of dull and not very fast moving.
“ The only word for Ed Norton is simply Stunning - I could not take my eyes off the screen during the final 20 mins of the film !!!
“ Some scenes are a bit slow at the beginning.
“ A nice entertaining film that can use a little bit more suspension.
“ Slow start, fast ending .
“ The Slowest Robbery Ever .
“ Don't waste your time.
“ I found this to be very entertaining and didn't think it was slow at all...
“ Let's be honest, the movie is completely clichéd, nothing new here: last job before retirement in the name of love, brash young vs cool oldest guy, mentor (Brando) and a oh-so predictable twist which thus is not one.
“ While Pacino never appeared with Brando again, de Niro gets to be paired with the old master of Method in The Score, a slightly lethargic but exciting heist caper.
“ In fact, it's dull.
“ Nevertheless, the quality of acting on display - particularly between De Niro and Norton - more than makes up for the often bland dialogue and predictable story.
“ "The Score" itself starts out slow and develops to late int he film.
“ Yes this story has been done a million times, yes it is quite slow at the beginning, and yes, there could have been a bit more development on the main characters.
“ Smart, suspenseful heist flic .
“ Above all, though, there is the intriguing casting of three terrific actors from three generations.
“ Otherwise, it's a bit talky with a few lulls.
“ The actors delivered for the most part, considering the cliche-heavy script.
“ The firsthalf of the film is very slow as they set up the score, and in thesecond half when they finally go to do it, it still is plodding.
“Besides those two points, the movie was suspenseful, had a good deal of action and was well acted.
“A boring story is boring no matter how good the actors.
“ The movie was exciting, funny and one I would definitely see again.
“ Really it was just so bland as to be almost monotonous.
“ I always like Edward Norton and respect what he was trying to do but he was working with a boring script.
“All in all, this movie is a total bore and total waste and I have been completely puzzled by all the people that have thought this film is soooo great.
“ one dull movie.
“The Real McCoy for God's sake), this wouldn't be worth watching at all.
“ Don't waste your time.
“ Overall this is quite a cliched,unoriginal film that is also quite predictable.
“This is a highly entertaining heist movie, with a bit of a twist at the end.
“ You can usually bank' on a heist movie to be entertaining.
“ They are intricate and sometimes confusing but seldom (if done correctly) boring.
“ Then see 'The Usual Suspects' and don't waste your time on this film.
“ Seeing De Niro and Brando work off of one another, especially in one later scene that takes place in a pool, is a rousing good time.
“ What a snore!
“I only give a score of 6.5 because its lack of story.
“ This movie was slow from start to an anti-climatic finish.
“ It's all 'scene setting' and I was getting pretty bored.
“ Either the caper overwealms the plot and characterizations ("Dead Heat on a Merry-Go-Round") or plays uninteresting second fiddle to cutesy romance ("How to Steal a Million," "Gambit").
“ "The Score" is a trite, plodding piece of formula hack.
“ consistent, disregarding contrived ending .
“ The film has its lulls, but with a cast like this it's hard to doze off.
“ There is a whole wealth of useless lines, characters, episodes going NOWHERE and pretty much taking care of the film fitting in the time it fit.
“ There are some good light moments between De Niro and Basset and some comical lines given to Norton, which although keeping with the naturalistic dialogue was a nice contrast from the talk given to the heist itself, which was bland on the whole (see THE KILLING).
“ Instead of engaging me this movie left me fidgeting in my over sized stadium seat.
“ Entertaining crime drama.
“ Pretty entertaining heist flick for Friday or Saturday evening at home with no children.
“ Plot is predictable almost through the whole movie.
“ This movie was fairly dark yet enjoyable.
“Pedestrian movie, pedestrian script, exciting at times.
“ Marlon Brando doesn't have a gigantic role, but he is still entertaining and still has a presence.
“ Of course every well-planned movie heist has something go wrong, but this one will have a very unexpected twist.
“ "The Score" is shallow and predictable from the get-go.
“It's not that any given scene drags; in fact almost every scene in the movie is well done, well acted, filled with atmosphere, and absorbing.
“ The plot is derivative, there's not much original material here, but somehow, I overlooked this and was immersed in the film.
“ No, The Score had all it needed to have: An all-star cast; a solid plot line; some suspenseful "man-versus-his-own-decision" conflict scenes; shiny things; a lot of cursing (which this reviewer sheepishly admits she is a sucker for); and a few punchy one-liners thrown into the mix for good measure.
“ Director Frank Oz starts the film off with a painstakingly slow pace that the film seems never to recover from.
“ The Score: Boredom 10- Movie 0 .
“ Probably one of the most entertaining movie I have ever seen!.
“ One of the worst movies ever made.
“ This flick is riddled with cliché upon cliché of the conventional `heist' genre flicks.
“ Boring and Predictable With Interesting Gadgets .
“ He again shows us that he can give us an intense performance that is also funny, and shows more of how the character is.
“Only worth watching for its historical significance.
“ This film is classy, enjoyable and engrossing.
“ This was fun to watch it was fun to watch these great actors have fun making a movie that was fast paced & entertaining and had some nice twist and left you smiling.
“"The Score" is a solid, enjoyable heist film that boasts the kind of performances you'd expect.
“ It is entertaining, and has some very thrilling moments, enough to keep you engaged, especially during the heist.
“This is not a classic or even a Ten Best of 2001, but a very enjoyable rental, targeted for crime fans.
“ Anybody over age thirty who suffers from attention deficit disorder might find it difficult to endure both the quieter, contemplative moments and the deliberate, suspenseful pacing.
“All of the setup scenes leading to the heist were paced in such a way that was exciting and kept me on the edge of my seat.
“ A good film that delivers a dull punch at the end.
“ so thumbs up for frank, this one made my evening an entertaining one.
“ About as bland as they come .
“ The Score was one of the most enjoyable movies I've seen in a long time.
“ The Score was simply a boring crime caper with a script too weak to really liven anything up.
“ Frank Oz does a good job of wrapping the abundant clichés in a nifty package that is somewhat entertaining and suspenseful.
“ It was pretty boring.
“ It was very suspenseful and intriguing.
“ I was embarrassed to see his talent wasted in such a relentlessly dull movie.
“ As for the actors, Brando (in his last on-screen role) is alright but his character is minor; De Niro is dull, while Edward Norton's performance as a man for whom disability is a disguise is palpably inferior to Kevin Spacey's masterclass in 'The Usual Suspects'.
“ "The Score" is a litttle dark, a little slow, a little not up to the competition.
“ It was all set up for the final heist, but certain scenes got downright boring.
“Though the film was rather predictable, and overall not the best, despite the powerhouse abilities of its lead characters, it has its moments.
“ If the entertaining, suspenseful plot of "The Score" without blood and guts or car chases is too 'clean and tidy' for you, try director Jonathan Glazer's "Sexy Beast" 2000, a thrilling British crime drama, brilliantly scripted by Louis Mellis and David Scinto, with sensational performances from Ben Kingsley and Ray Winstone.
“Suspenseful, enjoyable entertainment.
“'The Score', then, is trite and tired from beginning to end, an embarrassing waste of time for all concerned and especially any viewer daft enough to have paid to see it.
“The final heist is, however, very exciting and very original.
“ *yawn* Oh well.
“ Although the latter film had more action, "The Score" was just more entertaining.
“ While the probability of a double cross is pretty transparent, the ending twists a couple of times, first giving the viewer what he has been set up to expect and then delivering the unexpected.
“This film is virtually a mind blowing movie that fills you up with suspense throughout the entire film.
“ The slow pace was perfectly suited to building up suspense on a psychological level.
“ Brando's Max character is excruciatingly boring.
“ The development of the film was agonizingly slow, only drawing my interest in the admittedly exciting execution of the heist.
“ I guess there was good acting (+1) good directing (+1) but pacing was slow almost like a bad 80's thriller.
“ There is still suspense here and there, but a trifle on the cliché side.
“ Marlon Brando is helpless with the trite role assigned to him.
“ slow plot,easily detectable clips-NOT a must-see.
“ `The Score' is a out-and-out clinic on outstanding acting, and for that alone it's worth watching.
“ From this movie on, I'll be more careful - the film is as boring, eventless, unoriginal and monotonous as they get.
“ But it's entertaining in its convention and done well, and with modest expectations, it delivers.
“ Great characters and the plot is simple yeah, but its executed well enough to be entertaining.
“ These three actors make theis whole film dynamite from start to finish even is its slow in parts.
“ The Score is his first entry outside of the comedy genre, and he's done a fantastic job creating an intelligent, absorbing, and refreshingly different kind of crime flick.
“ too long, too predictable .
“ Very well acted, very predictable, quite forgettable.
“very good when you need some excitment, that's if you stay awake the first hour or so, it's worth it.
“ I had almost stopped watching his films, but he made a pretty predictable story a fun thriller.
“ The Snore .
“ The Score is a tight, suspenseful film, DeNiro's best since Heat.
“ An enjoyable film.
“ It is very entertaining, from the first scene where we see Robert De Niro working his magic, all the way to the very end.
“ The movie was extremely good, but slow to get started.
“ To create an entertaining thriller director Frank Oz inserted some twists and at least a surprising end but it remains always predictable.
“ "The Score" is a heist - a rather suspenseful one, especially when we get to watch De Niro's character Nick cracking safes in such technical detail.
“ Great acting, great plot, and lots of suspenseful moments make this one a must see for everyone.
“ This was a very quiet, tense, suspenseful film.
“ While others may call it slow I call it engaging.
“ Tedious Beyond Telling .
“Heist movies are pretty formulaic.
“ The film is worth watching for Norton's performance, if nothing else.
“ At least this movie didn't have a bunch of different twists, making it confusing.
“ Leave the jazz-clubs at Melville's door, next timeA most wonderfully unexpected pleasant surprise.
“ Frank Oz is a versatile and fascinating man, and I look forward to better and better things from him in the future.
“ And intense.
“ Nothing new, yet entertaining .
“ suspenseful, keeps you glued .
“ I strongly hoped for a better ending, still the movie as such is definitely worth watching.
“ Oz's execution might be old school but it works, if it's ought to be slow then let it be slow since the script is gripping enough to keep the audience invested in it.
“Overall, an enjoyable heist picture, just don't expect too much original material.
“ This is an enjoyable, well-acted build to a great nail-biting heist.
“ Subtitle: Pointless boring movie, packed with stars, which ultimately has no soul.
“ underdeveloped, yet entertaining .
“ It turns out to be one of the most boring movies I've gotten to see in a while.
“ The direction is a bit of a cliche type approach, not really showing colorful images of the city like 2002's The Good Thief did.
“ The movie winds up with a great robbery sequence and a few unexpected developments.
“The second half of the film makes it all worth watching.
“ Nevertheless he makes watching the film enjoyable because he is consistently good.
“ "The Score" bares very strong similarities with "Heist" (also 2001), but the energy of "The Score" is much more tense and gripping.
“ It is cliche and feels contrived and hackneyed - thrown in the film out of necessity of an overly dramatic climax rather than one built constructively from intelligent character development.
“' The movie starts slow and moves progressively faster leading up to both surprising, and pleasing, ending.
“ While The Score may sometimes seem to tread familiar ground in its plotting, the bevy of talent bursting from the three lead actors more than makes up for story lulls; in fact, it makes The Score feel more like an authentic, old-school thriller than an explosion-filled, testosterone-fueled heist flick.
“ A nice plot, easy to follow, great characters and a very compelling story.
“ There are those who say this movie was slow and boring.
“ While the story, was slow and predictable at times I found the film demonstrated a certain class to it.
“ And viewing the movie as such, I enjoyed it.
“There's no story.
“ I found this to be a very strange film, as it features both moments of high intensity and moments that are painfully slow.
“ I have watched this film and i have to say that i found it very enjoyable to watch.
“ then like.. they need the passwords, de niro calls his guy, bit of tension (oh im so on the edge of my seat) at the park, where they exchangee.
“ This movie was very, very slow.
“ First we are on the edge of our seat because Jack is downstairs, turning cameras on and off for Nick, while we know that his janitor friend Danny is waiting for him upstairs, growing increasingly suspicious.
“ This movie nearly put me to sleep: although it was well acted by DeNiro,Norton and Brando (what else would you expect)- the movie is a basic documentary of the methodology of a safe cracker, and despite its little twist at the end, it was fairly and generally boring.
“ Too often, actors rely solely on slow, slurred speech, and fail to master the intricacies of their physical performance.
“ Even though it was fairly predictable it still managed to keep me interested throughout.
“ I was on the edge of my seat.
“ Heat dragged in scenes between the stars and their significant others for no good reason.
“ More like, "the BORE"!!!
“ The movie was very entertaining and is one of those under-hyped summer movies I hope makes out well in the box-office.
“ Entertain you, but too slow.
“The middle of the movie dragged in some parts.
“What makes it worth watching over many other similar twisty heist movies is the cast, who manage to make the material seem better by their inclusion.
“ Not only does he assemble this great cast, but he delivers and unbalanced, poorly written, bland piece of filmmaking that is laughable at best in terms of its' standards as a heist film.
“ It was a bit weak, quite predictable, and did not felt special.
“ The rest is predictable nonsense.
“ The location was neither exotic nor prestigious, the movie should of been developed more into a longer film, though the end was surprising it was too quick and snappy.
“ The whole thing is just real intense.
“ Moving at the slower pace lets some smaller moments unfold (watch the background for the way certain characters float in and out of a scene) it's refreshing to see scenes build at a gradual pace instead of having them jammed whole down the throat.
“De Niro and Brando generate real drama and emotion in one scene (set in Brando's half finished basement swimming-pool), and the 20 minutes or so of "heist" footage that rounds off the movie is riveting.
“ The filmakers know this all to well and parley this presience into a well-constructed movie with a predictable ending (SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER!
“ What a crashing bore this film is, capped by its total lack of an ending.
“ "Robert De Niro" and "Edward Norton" put on great performances along with a star stunning co- stars such as "Angela Bassett" and the great legend "Marlon Brando".
“ The movie is a non-stop crime/thriller that keeps you on the edge of your seat.
“"The Score", which has a very run-of-the-mill plot, is far more enjoyable than it would otherwise be because it's set in Montreal and features three great actors in the lead roles.
“ The rest is slow, filled with cliches and vapid dialogue.
“ Still, I found myself entertained even as I groaned at the predictable plot.
“ More of a character study than an action piece yet once it gets moving you're on the edge of your seat.
“ And the last 20 minutes during that robbery were a little intense but the other part of the movie was boring.
“ The club provides a good model for 'The Score', with talent a-plenty in the line-up but which proves formulaic and unremarkable in practice.
“ Also this movie is boring.
“ When the big day comes, there are of course, unexpected complications and unexpected twists.
“ A stellar cast is entertaining and enjoyable.
“ "The Score", although predictable, is still a very entertaining film.
“ It won't be nominated for any awards, but "The Score" manages to succeed where so many other supposed 2001 summer blockbusters have failed -- "The Score" is entertaining.
“ Frank Oz is a good director of comedies like "In and Out," but here he gives us a movie that is alive with great acting and exciting action scenes.
“ Anyhow, I should have been more cautious with a movie that has the name of (Frank Oz) as a director, since he made once (The Indian In The Cupboard) which was one of worst movies I've ever seen (at the top 10 of my worst 100 movies' list !
“This movie finally made me realize that these kinds of movies are pretty boring.
“ Far, far from being a great treat, it's predictable and slow paced for a crime thriller.
“ This is a very boring movie as well.
“ What a bore!
“ Tedious , very Tedious .
“ The best and exciting part was the showdown at the end.
“ I actually fell asleep for 20 minutes in the theater, woke back up, and was able to pick up where I left off because the story line moves so slow.
“ We enjoyed it enormously.
“ The plot was nothing spectacular, but I was certainly on the edge of my seat throughout the movie.
“ But those wouldn't be a waste of your time either.
“ "The Score" contains an engaging amount of good material.
“ The first half was spent getting to know the characters, but was great, exciting and tense the last half.
“ Starting off a bit slow The Score gave me a feeling that the movie is going to suck.
“ What makes "The Score" a very absorbing and successful variation on the usual formula is, first of all, the quality of the cast (Robert de Niro, Ed Norton, Angela Bassett and Marlon Brando) and the air of conviction imparted by the director, Frank Oz.
“ His character, "Jack Teller" was very intriguing.
“ moves real slow...
“ It does liven up and, if not the most original, it is an on the edge of your seat type film with a reasonable (if unconvincing) twist at the end.
“About this movie,I think it's boring.
“ I left the theater spouting off things I heard idiots say about the Blair Witch Project; "what a rip off!
“ The last part of the film is white-knuckle suspenseful.
“ The plot gives nothing new to the "first-we-plan-then-we-hit"-scenario, but it's enjoyable enough.
“The movie is exciting all the way through and has a good ending to end this great movie.
“" Howard Shore's music is so jazzy, befitting the exciting moments and suspenseful sequences; while at times, the wisdom of having no music at all in the background worked simply well.
“ The main problem though is that it's a bit slow paced, as incredible as these actors are, even they didn't look to interested in this film.
“ Overall this film was exciting to the end, although I did get the feeling that there was also something remarkably ordinary about this.
“ Seeing these characters go through so much crap for there number one score is very entertaining.
“ slow and steady .
“ The journey to the crime is brilliant, but slow and perhaps too tedious.
“ I found that I was actually about to fall asleep in places with this movie and the ending, seemed to be up in the air.
“ The strong cast and solid performances help fuel the story even further, creating an exciting and engaging feel that holds the audience tightly within it's grasp.
“ Sure it has three of the greatest acting icons of the last 50 years in one movie but that doesn`t save it from having a predictable script of planning a heist , carrying out the heist and having a double cross at the end .
“ It is about a heist and planning for one, it's all compelling.
“ There are some nice moments of suspense here and there but many of the scenes feel dragged out a little too long and the pacing is just off.
“ Clearly one of the worst movies ever made.
“ I felt a much better movie could have come out of the plot premises, which were genuinely engaging.
“ Throw in the fact that there's a couple of unexpected twists along the way, and it makes for quite a show.
“ It's twists are easily predictable and offers no real elements of suspense.
“ For another, it includes some great plot twists and turns, and enough excitement to keep most of the audience on the edge of their seats.
“ The film's attempts to add personal dimension to Robert De Niro's character feel contrived.
“ In a summer filled with dreary motion pictures, this is clearly one of the best film's playing in theaters right now.
“ In the end,it's just a story about two guys taking something that isn't theirs,and that proves to still be an absorbing film idea.
“Running down the plot is sort of a waste of time here,but it involves a long time heist man agreeing to-- here's one you've never heard before -- one last job!
“ The cast was very strong and powerful and basically held the movie through its dull moments.
“ The lines are stilted and boring, there is no action or drama, and the actors deliver bad lines with disinterested disinterest.
“If you can enjoy the first hour or so and watch the slow building up, and enjoy seeing Brando in a role that seems made for him and little extraneous, you'll eventually get to the heist itself, and it gets complicated and interesting.
“ Plus, seeing Ed Norton, sweaty, in a beater, looking rather suspicious and intense, is surprisingly -- and almost even disturbingly -- appealing.
“ This is a dull, uninvolving story that contains virtually nothing new.
“ It is slow, badly written, predictable and it seems as if the actors are bored performing their parts.
“ Brilliant acting and strong plot make for an enjoyable evening of cinematic pleasure.
“Robert De Niro's performance as Nick Wells, a jazz club owner slash underground thief who is thinking seriously of retiring from the latter profession, is relatively bland and not notably exciting to watch.
“ Though a bit slow for the action junkie, it is an engaging film with plenty of entertainment value.
“From a slow and settling start to an interesting end, it has standard plot, detailed setup, zero violence and no diversions.
“ Satisfying and entertaining film-making .
“ Situations are seen hundreds of times (cop walking out the night-bar in the most inappropriate moment) and are, quite frankly, boring.
“ ..entertaining to me.. .
“ Fairly Predictable...
“ This is not, as I have heard some people report, cliché ridden or even predictable, and the ending has a very nice touch to it.
“Nortons' worst movie in my book.
“ It's an absolute pleasure from start to finish, just to watch and study these men -- but then, they could probably be taking turns reading the phone book and make it seem fascinating.
“ The pace of this movie will keep you on the edge of your seat for sure!
“ The fact that good thespian skills were hung on a strong frame just makes it all that much more enjoyable.
“ Love these actors but the story is boring.
“I found much of the first half pretty dull.
“Yes, it is slow...
“ Crime pays only for the best of the bad guys in director Frank Oz's "The Score," an entertaining, straightforward, procedural heist melodrama in the tradition of Michael Cimino's "Thunderbolt & Lightfoot" (1974) and John McTiernan's "The Thomas Crown Affair" remake.
“ The challenge they take on is enormous and the problems they encounter generate plenty of suspense which becomes most intense during the actual heist when predictably, not everything goes according to plan.
“ There is a whole wealth of useless lines, characters, episodes going NOWHERE and pretty much taking care of the film fitting in the time it fit.
“ But the film is good, not great, the ending I found sadly predictable.
“ However, I must admit the usual goosebumps I feel before every movie got more intense when I went to see this one.
“ This is just plain dull.
“ The scenes between these two pros was enjoyable.
“ No computer effects, a lot of actions, excellent play, long lasting time, just The entertaining masterpiece.
“ It was smart, darkly funny, entertaining, and suspenseful and it boasts two of my favorite actors (Norton and De Niro).
“" is arguably a better picture, but I think "The Score" is more enjoyable).
“" and "riveting!
“ It was interesting and fun to watch but predictable.
“ I agree that the story builds, and the pace starts of slow, then speeds up towards the end.
“ "Sexy Beast" is entertaining, suspenseful, with some blood and guts, some car scenes, and a clever and tidy plot with a locale of Costa del Sol, Spain, besides the underworld of London for a jewelry heist.
“ It was predictable.
“ All together now: One, two, three zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz...
“ Instead, it keeps itself focused on the meat of the movie, cutting scenes only as necessary, resulting in a very enjoyable pace that lets you absorb the textures of the movie more thoroughly, and lets the tensions of the movie surface nicely without the unnecessary distractions.
“ The movie is entertaining, but due to reasons, other than the performances of its stellar cast: Angela Bassett has just a few and dull moments on the screen.
“ The people who find this slow are the people that need something exploding every 5 minutes or some kind of assinine car chase.
“ ***Danger SPOILERS*** Another cookie cutter Hollywood off-season action bore-a-thon.
“ Predictable Crime thriller .
“ I can't believe the comments I've read about this horrible, horrible waste of time.
“ An entertaining safe-cracking story that comes through without blood-spilling/killing is absolutely rare for a successful Hollywood movie these days.
“ I enjoyed it.
“ Good acting in a dull story .
“ That said i do recommend to seeing this movie once on a boring evening - it does its job.
“What also hurt this movie is that I was bored out of my mind.
“ Entertaining .
“ And `The Score' is certainly very entertaining on its own terms.
“ The most unfortunate thing for me was that this movie kinda lacked any third act, because when the score finally ends and some double crossing do come up, it kinda ends there on the most predictable note.
“ The story was an exciting setting-up of a heist that these men are all about.
“de Niro plays Nick, who runs a jazz club and subsidizes his cushy upper crust life by occasionally doing high-end heists for Brando's character Max, a rather cliché fence borrowing from Sidney Greenstreet's famous work in _The Maltese Falcon_.
“ The heist itself is satisfyingly clever, and certainly the film makes for gripping viewing.
“ Heist movies are either stupid and unbelievable (3000 Miles to Graceland) or realistic and boring (The Score & Heat).