The Perfect Crime (El Crimen Perfecto)(Crimen ferpecto)
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The Perfect Crime (El Crimen Perfecto)(Crimen ferpecto)
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 obviously has a crush on Rafael, but is too nervous to talk to him. Rafael's primary rival for… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 85%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A story that begins as farce but that evolves into something approaching satirical profundity."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"An outrageous comedy of errors set at a Madrid department store."
‑ Wesley Morris, Boston Globe
"An outburst of filmic inventiveness and a nicely convoluted plot with elements of outright fantasy, nearly all of which works."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Toledo is hilarious as Rafael."
‑ Bill Harris, Jam! Movies
"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..."
‑ John Beifuss, Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
"This Spanish-language romp is a delightful send-up of retail culture, movie thrillers and the eternal 'ladies' man' facing his just deserts."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"An astute satire on the boundlessness of unchecked sexual fetishism and power."
‑ Tom Keogh, Seattle Times
"Scattered clever moments do not a good dark comedy make."
‑ Paul Doro, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
"Shrug off the shaky philosophy and instead savor the film's snarkier elements."
‑ Steve Schneider, Orlando Weekly
"The Perfect Crime is an outrageous fiesta of decadence."
‑ Larry Ratliff, San Antonio Express-News
"My advice is to choose the first half, where things are really funny until they aren't."
‑ Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
"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."
‑ Richard Nilsen, Arizona Republic
"Long on outrageous style but short on real laughs."
‑ Sean Means, Salt Lake Tribune
"[J]ust cuz a movie has subtitles doesn't make it deep or meaningful or even worth your time..."
‑ MaryAnn Johanson, Flick Filosopher
"A worthwhile and fairly amusing effort."
‑ Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle