Flawless (2008)



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

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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 the wealthy diamond magnates. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
PG-13 (for brief strong language)
Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Demi Moore
as Laura Quinn
David Henry
as Sir Edmund Gottfried
Michael Caine
as Mr. Hobbs
Nicholas Jones
as Jameson
Derren Nesbitt
as Sinclair
Ben Righton
as Bryan
David Barrass
as Fenton
Rosalind March
as Penelope
Simon Day
as Boland
Yemi Ajibade
as Guinean Negotiator
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Critic Reviews for Flawless

All Critics (92) | 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 27, 2008
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.

Full Review… | July 15, 2008
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.

Full Review… | April 25, 2008
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | April 11, 2008
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.

Full Review… | March 28, 2008
Seattle Times
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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.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

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.

Jim Hunter
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.

Bruce Bruce
Bruce Bruce

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