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Can a homophobic former rent-a-cop find happiness learning to sing with a man in a dress? That's the big question in this comedy-drama. A retired security guard (Robert De Niro), deeply conservative and set in his ways, falls victim to a debilitating stroke. His doctors prescribe an extensive program of physical therapy once he's released from the hospital, including singing lessons to help him regain his full powers of speech. As it turns out, there's a vocal instructor living next door to the guard, so he signs up only to discover that his new teacher is a flamboyant drag queen… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 44%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Outdated and schematic, this two-character melodrama belongs to the 1970s, when transsexuals were "novel" dramatic persona; even the gifted Philip Seymour Hoffman is defeated by the writing and direction."
‑ Emanuel Levy, Variety
"You need a pair of huge, hairy ones to make a picture this bad and call it "Flawless.""
‑ Charles Taylor, Salon.com
"...a well-balance work that captures the often jaw dropping performances by the dancers."
‑ Robin Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"a piece of junk jewelry even Robert DeNiro and Philip Seymour Hoffman can't make sparkle. Heaven knows they try, though."
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
"The involvement of several real-life drag queens contributes to both the exhuberence, authenticity, and sheer panache to mark something of a return to form for the idiosyncratic director."
‑ David Wood, BBC.com
"For what it's worth, this could be Schumacher's best film."
‑ , Time Out
""Flawless" is contrived and overly schematic, but De Niro and Hoffman are such good actors that it never slips into pat sentiment."
‑ Edward Guthmann, San Francisco Chronicle
"What's worse than a film directed by Joel Schumacher? How about a film written and directed by Joel Schumacher?"
‑ Chris Gore, Film Threat
"Hoffman, who until now has played supporting roles in films such as "Boogie Nights" and "Happiness," proves a powerful peer for his macho co-star, even in stiletto heels."
‑ Annlee Ellingson, Boxoffice Magazine
"Flawless is a fractured picture, which is its most winning aspect."
‑ David Jays, Sight and Sound
"Its weary clichés and flat comic bits are apparently supposed to be fresh and insightful."
‑ Steve Murray, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"So awful it just might put an end to Hollywood's hypocritical infatuation with men in drag as symbols of its own supposedly liberated sexual attitudes."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"De Niro and Hoffman deliver the goods, but they are lost within a cockamamie, violent subplot that pulls down everything."
‑ Jeffrey Westhoff, Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
"Joel Schumacher has served up a big, steamy Butterball with all the trimmings."
‑ Scott Von Doviak, culturevulture.net
"Oh. My. God. Who came up with the idea for this piece of junk?"
‑ Christopher Null, Filmcritic.com
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