Flawless (1999)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: November 24, 1999
DVD Release Date: August 14, 2001
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Critic Score: 43% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Uneven performances, formulaic.

Emanuel Levy

Outdated and schematic, this two-character melodrama belongs to the 1970s, when transsexuals were "novel" dramatic persona; even the gifted Philip Seymour Hoffman is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.

Charles Taylor

You need a pair of huge, hairy ones to make a picture this bad and call it "Flawless."

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

There's nothing flawless about this clunker.

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Time Out

For what it's worth, this could be Schumacher's best film.

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Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle

"Flawless" is contrived and overly schematic, but De Niro and Hoffman are such good actors that it never slips into pat sentiment.

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Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews

...a well-balance work that captures the often jaw dropping performances by the dancers.

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Steve Murray
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Its weary clichés and flat comic bits are apparently supposed to be fresh and insightful.

Stephen Holden
New York Times

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.

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Chris Gore
Film Threat

What's worse than a film directed by Joel Schumacher? How about a film written and directed by Joel Schumacher?

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Flixster Audience Score: 53% Flixster User Reviews
Fernando Rafael Quintero Castañeda
Philip Seymour Hoffman's master-class performance as troubled drag queen Rusty sadly goes to waste in this laughable film. "Rusty" stands as the… More
Jesse Ortega
I enjoyed this movie far more than the rating implies. The problem I have with the movie is that it never really seems to stick to one form of storytelling.… More
Lady D'arbanville
Another great film from Joel Schumacher, with a great performance from De Niro (as always) who very convincingly played a Stroke patient, but even more… More
Mike T.
One of the main issues I have with this movie is that I can't possibly think of who Schumacher was trying to speak to with his script. It's not… More
Panta Oz
I cannot believe that this film is so underrated... I found the story of Walter Koontz (Robert De Niro) - highly decorated "local hero" police officer… More
Marcus Woolcott
De Niro as a tough retired cop. Hoffman as a insecure drag queen. And Schumacher proving yet again that the lower his budget, the better the film. It's… More