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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wacky Charm
Phillip Seymour Hoffman's death has touched most of us. We feel a personal loss. Today, I heard an interview Seymour Hoffman gave to Terry Gross on a. 'Fresh Air' program about his career. One of the first roles he really coveted was that of playing a transgendered woman, opposite Robert DeNiro. I had not seen this film, today I did.

Seymour Hoffman talked...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good in parts/ average in others!!!
The film is a strange mix of comedy, pain and darkness. De Niro's character Koontz, suffers a stroke after trying to help a neighbour in trouble. To cure his speech impediment after the stroke he takes singing lessons from his drag queen neighbour, played by Philip Seymour Hoffman.Throughout the film, there are moments of brilliance between the two, by their sheer...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Wacky Charm, 4 Feb 2014
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prisrob "pris," (New England USA) - See all my reviews
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Phillip Seymour Hoffman's death has touched most of us. We feel a personal loss. Today, I heard an interview Seymour Hoffman gave to Terry Gross on a. 'Fresh Air' program about his career. One of the first roles he really coveted was that of playing a transgendered woman, opposite Robert DeNiro. I had not seen this film, today I did.

Seymour Hoffman talked about how he found the personna of Rusty, the transgendered woman. He read all he could, and he met with several transgendered women. He studied their habits. He was a 5ft 10 in 200 lb man with a very deep voice trying to fit into the body of a female. Watching the film, you forget this is a man, Seymour Hoffman, he has become Rusty, and that was his greatness. He became the character. Although he concluded that Rusty was ugly, not to me. She became a woman with soul and guts, someone looking for love.

DeNiro plays a retired Security Guard, who was once a hero, and now is recovering from a stroke. He had nothing but negatives to say about the transgendered community, and even though they were neighbors, they never saw eye to eye. That is, until, De Niro's character, Walter Koontz needs Rusty. Learning to sing would help in his recovery, and he hires Rusty. It begins as a rocky relationship and ends up as friendship. This is a poignant film with a wacky charm.

We will not see the likes of Phillip Seymour Hoffman again, what a sad, sad day. Bless his soul.

Recommended. prisrob 02-03-14
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating, 24 Dec 2013
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Stunning performances from de Niro and PSH make this excellent film into a classic. The twists and turns keep you guessing, as the plot unravels in many directions at once. If you enjoy serious close up acting, flawless in every respect, Flawless is for you. Im not sure anything explodes and no one chases anyone on a car, so leave that at the door and be ready for a really deep watchable film
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect performance from a genius, 4 Feb 2014
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Phillip Seymour Hoffman was a brilliant stand alone actor of immense quality and talent, this film shows his gift. He will be sadly missed. Watch this film and he justs shines, there are a few great actors and he was one of them.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Flawless, 21 Jun 2013
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A. O'Reilly (WA USA) - See all my reviews
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Such a good movie - I hadn't heard of it before but it was recommended by my boyfriend great performance by Robert De Niro & Philip Seymour Hoffman
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent movie., 7 Dec 2012
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Funny and serious in parts. Some great one liners. Philip Seymour Hoffman is brilliant as 'Rusty'- Oscar worthy. Excellent movie.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous!, 5 Dec 2012
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Sharp, witty and an unusual role for De Niro. His 'voice coach' steals the show however. I was delighted to get it and to watch it.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Darkly funny and realistically deep, 7 Sep 2011
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GratuitousViolets "Ash" (Scotland) - See all my reviews
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My thoughts: Set around a gritty crime-filled Brooklyn backdrop, Robert De Niro stars as a proud retired beat-cop who is left partially paralysed following a stroke. De Niro's performance is overwhelmingly powerful, yet subtle enough to be believable. Philip Seymour Hoffman is the truly surprising star here in a mind-blowing portrayal of an unattractive pre-op transexual.

De Niro and Hoffman, both masters in their professions, truly capture their characters so beautifully that within minutes you know almost everything you need to know and can almost envision the life history of these two without needing to a mess of unnecessary dialogue and flashbacks.

The humour in the story is black and aptly placed enough just enough to draw you out of the serious aspects of the story. The lines in this film are hilarious, hurtfully truthful and memorable. The soundtrack absolutely fantastic, and well worth getting, incidentally.

The Plot: Walter Koontz, a retired beat cop wants nothing more than a peaceful life where he can enjoy solitude in his Brooklyn apartment but finds it difficult at times to ignore 'Miss Rusty', a pre-op transexual who rehearses with 'her' Drag Queen show during the day and at night dons full wigs, extensive makeup and more sequins than Vivian Westwood can shake a fist at. Walt cannot abide the noise, nor the lifestyle that 'Rusty' projects, finding it offensive, so the two do not see eye-to-eye.

When a resident of the apartment building steals from a local gangster, Walt tries to intervene when guns go off and unfortunately has a stroke out in the stairwell, leaving him partially paralysed and barely able to speak. When his therapist suggests that he take singing lessons to help relax his face muscles and vocal chords, Walt has little to lose but to try. Walt, barely able to walk the length of himself finds it impossible to go to a professional singing teacher, and instead musters up the courage to request of 'Rusty' that 'she' help him with his problem.

Despite being unable to agree on most points of view, they find themselves slowly easing into an unlikely friendship where Walt's eyes are minisculely opened up to how life is for a woman trapped in a man's body.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Flawless indeed, 19 Oct 2010
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A dramatic and heart warming story of people behaving so much better than their circumstances would suggest. A tale of real courage - the courage to get through each day. And flawless performances from not only the two central characters but everyone else. A must see film if you like to be challenged as well as entertained.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must see, 3 Sep 2009
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De Niro and Hoffman's acting in this is stunning. I've watched it 3 times already and will watch it over and over again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars edgy and uncomfortable hoffman never lets up ., 19 May 2014
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de niro is doing allsorts of moves and this is another odd one .love it he has nothing at all to prove now, he is an alltime great. although self parodies in comedy are not his strong point ,(meet the fockers) he dosent do that here.
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