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Flawless (2008)

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56

Average Rating: 5.7/10
Reviews Counted: 93
Fresh: 52 | Rotten: 41

Michael Caine's excellent performance makes Flawless something more than an average heist movie.

68

Average Rating: 5.8/10
Critic Reviews: 25
Fresh: 17 | Rotten: 8

Michael Caine's excellent performance makes Flawless something more than an average heist movie.

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Movie Info

Michael Radford (Il Postino and The Merchant of Venice) directs screenwriter Edward Anderson's script about an aging janitor and an American executive who form an unlikely alliance in order to carry out an elaborate jewel heist. Set in 1960s-era London, the tense crime thriller stars Michael Caine as the scheming maintenance man who longs to relieve his employers at the London Diamond Corporation of their valuable inventory, and Demi Moore as the savvy executive who is completely perplexed by

PG-13,

Mystery & Suspense, Drama

Edward A. Anderson

Jun 3, 2008

$1.1M

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All Critics (96) | Top Critics (25) | Fresh (52) | Rotten (41) | DVD (7)

The problem is that as heist movies go this is about as captivating as watching someone dodge a bus fare. Almost everything about the film is second-rate: the direction, the plotting, the intrusive modernist production design.

November 28, 2008 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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For about 100 of its 108 minutes, this film treats the viewer to a stylish, suspenseful roller coaster peppered with all manner of ugly, money-grubbing corporate types.

July 16, 2008 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Screenwriter Edward Anderson drops the South African angle in favor of more conventional developments and has a hard time bringing this across the finish line without a number of implausibilities.

April 25, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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The inspired pairing of Demi Moore and Michael Caine as a pair of thieves in the diamond-heist semi-caper movie Flawless goes a long way toward overcoming the film's slack, leisurely pacing.

April 11, 2008 Full Review Source: Miami Herald
Miami Herald
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[It's got] some neat little twists and turns.

March 31, 2008
Ebert & Roeper
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Those of us who'll happily watch Caine in pretty much anything will find enough pleasures here.

March 28, 2008 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
Seattle Times
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A mopey character study only half-convincingly tricked out as a heist thriller.

April 28, 2011 Full Review Source: East Bay Express
East Bay Express

There's little by way of thrills. Still, as a caper with a great cast and clever premise, Flawless works, despite its, um, flaws.

November 28, 2008 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Ignore the dull framing device and this is a watchable period crime drama. Pity about the dull, oft-used title though.

November 28, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4

Fatuous and soulless.

November 28, 2008 Full Review Source: Times [UK]
Times [UK]

You will need a very sweet tooth for this kind of thing, and, to be quite frank, the heist itself is not dramatised all that excitingly or clearly. But I quite like thrillers featuring enormous circular vault doors.

November 28, 2008 Full Review Source: Guardian
Guardian

Calling a diamond-heist movie Flawless is a valiant choice - especially when it's anything but. Suspense is essential to this genre, but here you couldn't care less what happens next.

November 28, 2008 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

"Hang on lads, I've got a great idea..." said Michael Caine at the end of The Italian Job. Presumably he didn't mean waiting 40 years before pulling off a caper that wouldn't blow the bloody doors off a rabbit hutch.

November 28, 2008 Full Review Source: Sky Movies
Sky Movies

Diamonds aren't forever in this sluggish heist caper from Michael Radford that partners Michael Caine and Demi Moore for the first time since 1984's Blame It On Rio.

November 28, 2008 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

They don't make thrillers like this any more, and for good reason.

November 28, 2008 Full Review Source: Daily Mail [UK]
Daily Mail [UK]

Like many Christmases, the whole thing leaves you stressed, exasperated and longing to leave for home.

November 28, 2008 Full Review Source: Daily Mirror [UK]
Daily Mirror [UK]

If ever a film title begged to be abused, this is it.

November 28, 2008 Full Review Source: Sun Online
Sun Online

Demi Moore will do as the ghost of Hollywood past, rattling her jewelled accessories like a drag-queen Jacob Marley.

November 28, 2008 Full Review Source: Financial Times
Financial Times

If only the plot was as sleek.

November 28, 2008 Full Review Source: Independent
Independent

Yet for all the imperfections, Flawless is a film you find yourself rooting for. Heists involving a keen sense of history are pleasant to stumble across.

November 28, 2008 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

Enjoyable heist thriller with strong performances from Moore and Caine, though the ending is slightly disappointing.

November 28, 2008 Full Review Source: ViewLondon
ViewLondon

Terrific performances elevate this extremely low-key heist thriller into something thoroughly intriguing. It may never crank up much excitement, but the 1960s vibe it generates is very cool.

November 28, 2008 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

What a cast - Michael Caine, Demi Moore, Joss Ackland. Yet here it is, released at the fag end of the year just in case anyone notices. It makes you despair.

November 27, 2008 Full Review Source: Teletext
Teletext

Demi Moore is excellent as the catalyst for the crime caper with a profoundly personal motive, something we don't discover until late in the film, and Michael Caine is wonderfully dry as the office cleaner with an agenda

October 25, 2008 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile | Comment (1)
Urban Cinefile

Audience Reviews for Flawless

In 1960's London two disgruntled employees for the world's main diamond retailer plan to rob it: a heist movie. The two characters, in an unusual and unlikely pairing, are Michael Caine and Demi Moore, from different societal stratums, and watching them find a way to work together, their chemistry is what makes this interesting film-making.
April 5, 2012
ApeneckFletcher

Super Reviewer

Demi Moore is never allowed to do an accent again. The script may account for some of the inconsistencies by remarking that she's a expatriated American, but such excuses can only go so far.
The film is about disgruntled employees of a diamond company organizing a heist.
There are a few moments when we're drawn in by the slickness of the plan, but there is little mystery beyond the logistics. We know Hobbs's motivations early on, and if this is where the film attempts to extract suspense, I didn't see it. Likewise, points about gender inequality and colonial pillaging seem tacked on. It is not as though this film leverages heist genre conventions in order to make a sociological point; rather, it is as though on the way to the set, the filmmakers realized that they should.
Overall, though Michael Caine is always slick and fun to watch, the script fails to either pull itself together or keep us on the edge of our seat.
February 22, 2011
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Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer

Not the best Michael Caine Film that?s out there but still its worth watching. About a robbery in 1969 of a Diamond Thief from the London Diamond Exchange. Demi Moore teams up with Michael Caine to pull off this heist. 3 1/2 stars.
September 12, 2010
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Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer

its an okay movie, i like the concept and the stry isnt obvious so it does keep you wondering but it just doesnt entertain you for very long and it gets a little boring!
i liked the ending and the way the story was portrayed but it was a little borimg!
August 6, 2010
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