The Perfect Crime (El Crimen Perfecto)(Crimen ferpecto) (2005)



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

Movie Info

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 … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Mystery & Suspense, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Jorge Guerricaechevarría, Álex de la Iglesia
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 3, 2006
Vitagraph Films - Official Site



as Don Antonio

as Inspector Campoy

as Roxanne

as Senora Despistada

as Taxi Driver

as Police Commissioner

as Video Salesgirl

as Dona Asuncion

as Police Officer

as Senora Enfadada

as Perfume Salesgirl
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Critic Reviews for The Perfect Crime (El Crimen Perfecto)(Crimen ferpecto)

All Critics (60) | Top Critics (27)

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

Full Review… | November 18, 2005
Toronto Star
Top Critic

This Spanish-language romp is a delightful send-up of retail culture, movie thrillers and the eternal 'ladies' man' facing his just deserts.

Full Review… | November 18, 2005
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

My advice is to choose the first half, where things are really funny until they aren't.

Full Review… | November 18, 2005
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

An outrageous comedy of errors set at a Madrid department store.

Full Review… | October 7, 2005
Boston Globe
Top Critic

An astute satire on the boundlessness of unchecked sexual fetishism and power.

Full Review… | September 23, 2005
Seattle Times
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | September 22, 2005
Arizona Republic
Top Critic

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.

Mark Hobin

Super Reviewer

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.

Pierluigi Puccini

Super Reviewer


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

Jose Zamudio

Super Reviewer

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