EW Staff
December 04, 2001 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Score

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
124 minutes
Wide Release Date
07/13/01
performer
Robert De Niro, Edward Norton, Angela Bassett, Marlon Brando, Gary Farmer, Andrew Walker
director
Robert De Niro, Frank Oz
Producers
Eagle Point Production, Horseshoe Bay Productions, Mandalay Pictures, Paramount Pictures
distributor
Paramount Pictures
author
Kario Salem
genre
ActionAdventure, Drama

We gave it a B+

In The Score, a hard-boiled heist movie that stars Robert De Niro as a brooding master thief and Marlon Brando as a cagey old fence, the scene-stealer is Edward Norton, who plays a brash hotshot trying to outshine his partners in crime. Since his character spends half the movie posing as a simpleminded janitor while casing the joint they’re planning to rob, Norton is, in effect, giving a virtuoso dual-role performance. But ultimately the main attraction is the caper itself, which unfolds during a rivetingly suspenseful 38-minute climax. A smart thriller for grown-ups? What a quaint concept.

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