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The Perfect Crime (El Crimen Perfecto)(Crimen ferpecto) (2004)

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85

Average Rating: 7.1/10
Reviews Counted: 53
Fresh: 45 | Rotten: 8

If you like your comedies wicked and pitch-black, El Crimen Perfecto delivers without flinching.

77

Average Rating: 6.9/10
Critic Reviews: 22
Fresh: 17 | Rotten: 5

If you like your comedies wicked and pitch-black, El Crimen Perfecto delivers without flinching.

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A playboy has the tables turned on him when he finds himself being used as a plaything by an undesirable woman in this black comedy from Spain. Rafael (Guillermo Toledo) is a self-styled ladies' man working at an upscale department store in Madrid. Rafael thinks of himself as suave and sophisticated, and he has two goals -- to run the store's apparel department, and to seduce every woman he works with. Well, every woman except for one -- Lourdes (Monica Cervera), a homely sales clerk who

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A story that begins as farce but that evolves into something approaching satirical profundity.

November 18, 2005 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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This Spanish-language romp is a delightful send-up of retail culture, movie thrillers and the eternal 'ladies' man' facing his just deserts.

November 18, 2005 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
Orlando Sentinel
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My advice is to choose the first half, where things are really funny until they aren't.

November 18, 2005 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
Globe and Mail
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An outrageous comedy of errors set at a Madrid department store.

October 7, 2005 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
Boston Globe
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An astute satire on the boundlessness of unchecked sexual fetishism and power.

September 23, 2005 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
Seattle Times
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It plays like one of those minor European oddball comedies of the 1970s ... neither realistic nor particularly clever but making up for that with a certain charm.

September 22, 2005 Full Review Source: Arizona Republic
Arizona Republic
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An outburst of filmic inventiveness and a nicely convoluted plot with elements of outright fantasy, nearly all of which works.

November 12, 2008 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Scattered clever moments do not a good dark comedy make.

December 2, 2005
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Long on outrageous style but short on real laughs.

November 18, 2005
Salt Lake Tribune

Toledo is hilarious as Rafael.

November 18, 2005 Full Review Source: Jam! Movies
Jam! Movies

Shrug off the shaky philosophy and instead savor the film's snarkier elements.

November 17, 2005 Full Review Source: Orlando Weekly
Orlando Weekly

[J]ust cuz a movie has subtitles doesn't make it deep or meaningful or even worth your time...

November 17, 2005 Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher | Comments (4)
Flick Filosopher

If twisted noir novelist Jim Thompson had scripted the Jerry Lewis vehicle 'Who's Minding the Store?,' the result might have been something like this...

November 7, 2005
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

The Perfect Crime is an outrageous fiesta of decadence.

October 17, 2005

A worthwhile and fairly amusing effort.

September 26, 2005 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

A well%u2013oiled machine of wit, sex and violence, as darkly funny as the Coen Bros. (almost) and as visually interesting as Tarantino (almost).

September 24, 2005 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

De la Iglesia is a mercilessly agile talent, turning his department store into its own little film-noir cityscape, only with better lighting and perfume samples.

September 23, 2005 Full Review Source: Oregonian
Oregonian

It's dark, well-paced fun, even as it sags from the over-eager absurdities de la Iglesia layers onto the well-established formula.

September 22, 2005 Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Audience Reviews for The Perfect Crime (El Crimen Perfecto)(Crimen ferpecto)

Hilariously wacky black comedy about a department store salesman whose comfortable life is turned upside down after he is passed over for a promotion. A modern, hip sensibility is beautifully integrated with deeply serious events, in this thoroughly winning Spanish farce. Indeed his life spins so wildly out of control, the results are delightfully ridiculous. Actress Mónica Cervera is particularly effective as Lourdes, a co-worker he would rather have nothing to do with.
September 20, 2010
hobster1

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Alex De la Iglesia is an expert connoisseur of the bizarrerie he likes to have in his films, and here it works perfectly. the ludicrous ending is the only big problem of this ultra hilarious noir comedy.
September 20, 2010
pier007

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This movie proves that there's more of Spanish film industry than Pedro Almodovar. It has a very good story with and excellent plot,it has a a very ironic type of humor. The cast makes very good performances. I has very good twists and the best of all is at the end of the movie
September 20, 2010
barrys

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(The Ferpect Crime : ) I kid you not, flixster buddies, this is the most spontaneous laughing I've done since Shaun of the Dead. It's been a good little while. And before that, it was Napoleon Dynamite. I can't remember the time before that : ) Of course if you didn't laugh at Shaun of the Dead or Napoleon Dynamite, then I guess this won't mean much to you. Brilliant acting, brilliant script, brilliant directiing. Toledo is just topped by Cervera, who's just a bit outdone by Villén, who takes a small step behind whoever the little girl is who plays Cervera's sister. And the mom and dad are hilarious, too. Hitchcock fans might love this; there are multiple tributes to his films. If you are into dark comedy, don't miss this. I miss Gene Siskel. I have a hunch he might have loved this movie.
September 20, 2010
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