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The Perfect Score

6/10
Crime . Comedy
 

Six high school seniors decide to break into the Princeton Testing Center so they can steal the answers to their upcoming SAT tests and all get perfect scores.

 
Actors: Leonardo Nam , Paul Campbell , Matthew Lillard , Erika Christensen , Scarlett Johansson , Bryan Greenberg , Chris Evans
Directors: Brian Robbins
Country: USA , GERMANY
Release: 2004-01-30
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  • Allison Benedikt

    In addition to being a good-looking movie with a pumping Foo Fighters anthem, "Score" is actually a philosophical argument against our culture of tests.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Mike Clark

    The lark-ish Perfect Score is on the high side of the time-killer it sounds like.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Scott Russon

    For its target teen audience, it's a decent enough movie.

    Empire Full Review
  • Dana Stevens

    A thin, pleasant teenage heist comedy with a chewy nugget of social criticism buried inside it.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Brian Lowry

    Energetic, smarter-than-expected teen comedy.

    Variety Full Review
  • Roger Ebert

    You may be able to find parallels between these characters and those in "The Breakfast Club." On the other hand, you may decide life is too short.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Chris Kaltenbach

    The cast doesn't impress, the story doesn't compel and the characters are too bland to make people remember them.

    Baltimore Sun Full Review
  • Angel Cohn

    Brian Robbins (Varsity Blues) actually has a clear sense of the way 21st-century teenagers behave, and his sleek style keeps the film moving briskly.

    TV Guide Full Review
  • Ellen A. Kim

    Only Nam, in a pot-induced drawl, infuses the film with great comic timing.

    Seattle Post-Intelligencer Full Review
  • Stephanie Zacharek

    An eminently defensible light entertainment, peopled with characters that are easy to like and care about.

    Salon.com Full Review
  • Michael O'Sullivan

    The comedy about a coterie of high school seniors plotting to steal the answers to the dreaded standardized test talks a pretty good game, but in the end the numbers just don't add up to much.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Andrea Gronvall

    It's amiable and smartly paced, if noticeably lacking in conviction.

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • Luke Sader

    The story is flimsy, and when the dialogue touches on controversial issues regarding the SAT and its fairness, the slacker tone turns abruptly melodramatic.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • John Patterson

    Disfigured by flabby dialogue (“You can't put a number on my dreams!”), unfunny pratfalls and criminally slack pacing.

    L.A. Weekly Full Review
  • Luke Y. Thompson

    The heist itself is quite nicely filmed herein, but unfortunately, getting to it requires sitting through a bunch of noisy, fussy crap, from the overly busy soundtrack to the irritating narration of stoned guy Leonardo Nam.

    Dallas Observer Full Review
  • Kenneth Turan

    As forgettable as the humor is the film's predictable portrayal of adults as clueless, overbearing cretins.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Jack Mathews

    Only sharp dialogue and a suspenseful buglary might have given this lame, quasi morality play some energy. It has neither.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Wesley Morris

    Comes tantalizingly close to being interesting.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    Misses the mark.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Rick Groen

    Oh, it's perfect all right. In fact, The Perfect Score is a flawless example of the classic January movie release -- the kind of studio picture that even the studio loathes, and so consigns to the dumping ground of the year's frosty first month.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Marc Mohan

    It's "Ocean's Eleven" for people who can't count past six.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • Marc Savlov

    At its core the film is as standardized as the exam it seeks to debunk, and nearly as tedious.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Keith Phipps

    Attempts at high spirits and the presence of Matthew Lillard all suggest that this is supposed to be a comedy.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Lou Lumenick

    The script, attributed to Mark Schwahn, Marc Hyman and Jon Zack, is as confused as it is confusing, and the aimless direction by Brian Robbins doesn't help. It was apparently edited with a roulette wheel.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Mick LaSalle

    A dull film with unsympathetic characters brought together by a gimmicky premise that's handled with no imagination and a pristine fraudulence of emotion. Aside from that, it's great.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Owen Gleiberman

    The movie, which strains to be hip in a faux-1985 beat-the-system way, takes such a light view of cheating that it has the ironic effect of rendering the heist that follows utterly innocuous.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Ed Park

    "X is to Y, as this shit is to boring."

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Desson Thomson

    Luckily, life (just like the SAT) has its multiple-choice options. You don't actually have to watch this.

    Washington Post Full Review
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