Mixed or average reviews - based on 33 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 33
  2. Negative: 7 out of 33
  1. Reviewed by: Joel Schumacher
    It's clear that Schumacher has risen from the self-imposed dreck of "Batman & Robin" and has returned to Hollywood to tell a good story.
  2. It says a lot for Joel Schumacher's Flawless that you can see the picture's high-concept heart a mile away and still be won over by it.
  3. 75
    More fable than slice of life, and all these people and props give Robert De Niro and Philip Seymour Hoffman their opening to create two screwy characters from opposite ends of the great personality divide
  4. Contrived and overly schematic, but De Niro and Hoffman are such good actors that it never slips into pat sentiment.
  5. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    A smartly crafted throwback to the gritty Manhattan crime melodramas of the '40s .
  6. One of the season's biggest delights.
  7. 67
    Not content to whisper its truths; it would rather flaunt its valuable lessons and its good intentions, proudly boasting its sentiments like a (rainbow-striped) badge of honor.
  8. 66
    Perhaps most depressingly, in pulling out all the stops for an ugly, violent climax, he (Schumacher) cheapens this vividly drawn slice of life, turning it into a tiresomely flawed, garden-variety vigilante thriller.
  9. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    Worth stumbling into on cable not all that far into next year.
  10. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    This surprisingly grim comedy-drama is about as good as director Joel Schumacher gets.
  11. 60
    If you want to see an object lesson in how brilliant acting can transcend high concept, this movie's for you.
  12. Flawless this Joel Schumacher film is not, but it plays so well that scarcely matters.
  13. 60
    This 'heartwarming' thriller refuses to distinguish realism from stylization, and much of the plot is a twisted mess of repetition and unpersuasive motivation.
  14. It finally just rings false as a human drama.
  15. 50
    At its best when it simply lets Hoffman and De Niro play off each other .
  16. 50
    De Niro gives a technically brilliant performance as Walt, struggling with a body that will no longer obey him.
  17. It's obvious and stereotypical. It's leaden and unconvincing. It's not nearly as outrageous as it thinks it is.
  18. 50
    An appallingly crude film, with dialogue lifted off bumper stickers, characters stitched together from shorthand clichés (the brassy black drag queen; the fiery little Latin number) and a plot that's on cruise control from the opening credits.
  19. 50
    Flawless never approaches the rancid bluster of "8MM," but it's an equally dishonest piece of manipulative hackwork.
  20. Reviewed by: John Hartl
    Crass and depressing drama.
  21. 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.
  22. Reviewed by: Emanuel Levy
    Schumacher takes a step in the right direction with Flawless, a small-scale, intimate serio-comedy.
  23. 50
    A coy seriocomedy distantly related to--but missing the sting of--"Kiss of the Spider Woman."
  24. 40
    You need a pair of huge, hairy ones to make a picture this bad and call it Flawless.
  25. Reviewed by: Eliza Truitt
    Corny, predictable, and packed with gay stereotypes.
  26. 38
    In making a movie that preaches love for odd ducks, Schumacher has turned Flawless into the oddest duck of all.
  27. Save your breath, and your money.
  28. Hoffman's turn as the drag queen has its endearing and comically catty moments, but Flawless' utter phoniness subsumes all efforts at honest acting.
  29. A long, slow pity party full of characters who constantly bemoan their fate while telling other people not to pity themselves.
  30. While this film has got a good head on its shoulders and a nicely made-up face, flawless it's not.
  31. This noisy, disorganized story is riddled with clichés, stereotypes, and self-indulgence from beginning to end.
  32. Flawless is what happens when a filmmaker has no sense of naturalism, no sense of realism and no real natural sense.

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