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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

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Critic Reviews for Flawless

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  • 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.

    Nov 28, 2008 | Rating: 2/6 | Full Review…

    Dave Calhoun

    Time Out
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  • Fatuous and soulless.

    Nov 28, 2008 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Kevin Maher

    Times (UK)
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  • 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.

    Nov 28, 2008 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Nov 28, 2008 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Jul 16, 2008 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Apr 25, 2008 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Flawless

  • Sep 24, 2012
    Not a bad flick to watch. Really slowly paced yet well delivered. A lady executive comes to meeting up with a disgruntled janitor that has a plan on sticking it hard to the company that didn't help him when he needed it the most as a "valued" employee...possibly implicating her up in the mess...provokingly interesting. See this.
    Fascade F Super Reviewer
  • Apr 05, 2012
    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. W Super Reviewer
  • Feb 22, 2011
    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 H Super Reviewer
  • Sep 19, 2010
    Disappointing film. The film needed a rewrite. Demi Moore in my opinion was miscast. I think another actress like Cate Blanchett would have done better in that role. Michael Caine is great in the film and makes the film worth watching.
    Sol C Super Reviewer

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