Flawless (2008)

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


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 … More

Rating: PG-13 (for brief strong language)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Edward A. Anderson, Edward Anderson
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 3, 2008
Box Office: $1.1M
Runtime:
Magnolia Pictures - Official Site

Cast


as Laura Quinn

as Sir Edmund Gottfried

as Mr. Hobbs

as Boland

as Guinean Negotiator
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Critic Reviews for Flawless

All Critics (95) | Top Critics (24)

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.

Full Review… | November 28, 2008
Time Out
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | July 16, 2008
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

A mopey character study only half-convincingly tricked out as a heist thriller.

Full Review… | April 28, 2011
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.

Full Review… | November 28, 2008
Empire Magazine

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

Full Review… | November 28, 2008

Fatuous and soulless.

Full Review… | November 28, 2008
Times [UK]

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.

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Apeneck Fletcher

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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.

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Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer

½

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.

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Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer

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