An Honest Review

The Score – An Honest Review

An honest, biased review of the 2001 heist film ‘The Score’ starring Robert De Niro and Edward Norton

The 2001 heist movie was directed by Frank Oz and written by Daniel E. Taylor, Kario Salem, Lem Dobbs and Scott Marshall Smith. It’s the story of Nick Wells ( Robert De Niro ) a veteran heistman looking to do one last job.


Nick is mostly retired, having spent the last decades of his life hubbed in Montreal, while going out of town for other missions. His boss, Max ( Marlon Brando, also his last movie role ) is in the movie, but overall doesn’t actually mean much to the plot. Wanting a nightclub for himself, and the option to settle down with his girlfriend, he decides to break his code of honor and do one last job…in Montreal.

( Marlon Brando ) Photo by Studio Publicity Still

For this mission, Max recruits the Jack ( Edward Norton ) who in public pretends to have down syndrome, and convienently works at the warehouse the scepter will be located. Long story short, they do some planning, some things go wrong, nobody dies, De Niro does his thing and makes money. Honestly not much to report here.

( Edward Norton ) Photo by Steve Jurvetson


Overall, the quality of the cast did not quite reflect the quality of the film. De Niro, Norton AND Marlon Brando in a film?! That sounds like it should go down as one of the greatest films in history. Instead, it goes out as a mostly forgotten, relatively decent heist movie, that doesn’t live up to what it could have been. 4.5/10 ( not for quality, but for not living up to my expectations ).

-The Screenwriter

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