• 5x2
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    Added: May 9, 2008


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5x2 (5 x 2: Five Times Two) Reviews

Time Out
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February 9, 2006

AV Club
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September 26, 2005
Steve Murray
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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A cool, sometimes chilly dissection of one couple's relationship.

Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Original Score: B-

August 18, 2005

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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August 13, 2005

Dallas Morning News
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July 30, 2005
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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Gilles and Marion may be more than the sum of their regrets, but because their creator hasn't done the math, they remain touching stick figures.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2.5/4

July 29, 2005
Rex Reed
New York Observer
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Stripping away the extraneous details that etch great screen characters in our minds forever, Mr. Ozon pinpoints key moments in the life of a pair of married Parisians that leave the viewer paralyzed with boredom and confusion.

July 28, 2005
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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Ozon, as he's shown in his many recent films (particularly Under the Sand), knows a thing or two about love and loss; 5x2 achingly demonstrates both.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3/4

July 22, 2005
Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
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Unwinds with absolute clarity and sure style, and Freiss and Bruni-Tedeschi make an interesting couple, if not a truly memorable one.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

July 7, 2005
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Neither Marion, with her melancholy stares, nor Gilles, with his detachment and his cigarettes, appears more than a character sketch.

| Original Score: 2.5/4

July 7, 2005
Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
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It's fascinating, like watching the collapse of a building in reverse.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

July 1, 2005
Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
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The film is Bergman's Scenes From a Marriage without the boring parts -- wait, I'm not supposed to say that.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

July 1, 2005
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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The inevitability of the conceit could wear on us, were it not for the lived-in performances of the cast, most important Bruni-Tedeschi and Freiss.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2.5/4

June 24, 2005
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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You can get an idea of the two seemingly contradictory truths about this movie: It's not much fun, and it's impossible to stop watching.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

June 24, 2005
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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We never get to know the twosome, and the intense curiosity generated by the opening scene starts to wane severely.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2.5/4

June 24, 2005
Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
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[Seems] less like scenes from a marriage than highlights from a gay man's fevered nightmare of what it would be like to be a straight married couple.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2/5

June 17, 2005
Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
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Absent a meaty rationale, reading the story of a marriage backward smacks of derivative gimmickry.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

June 16, 2005
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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Ozon is a smart filmmaker, but he doesn't go nearly as deep as Bergman did.

| Original Score: 2.5/4

June 10, 2005
A.O. Scott
New York Times
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François Ozon uses reverse chronology to tell the story of a failed marriage. The device is not exactly a novelty, but it does make some dramatic sense in this case.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3.5/5

June 10, 2005
Jan Stuart
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Bruno-Tedeschi has one of those alert, off-kilter screen faces that burn with light and intelligence even as their characters slide into darkness: a tragedienne of the first order.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 3.5/4

June 9, 2005
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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Ozon stages each scene so assuredly, with such a fluid sense of motive and desire, that I assumed we'd witness how even the best of intentions, from each party, could strand a marriage on the rocks. But no.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B-

June 8, 2005
Dennis Lim
Village Voice
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5x2 tacitly interrogates the tyrannizing ideals and hypocritical norms that compel people into doomed relationships that persist long enough for lasting damage to occur.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

June 7, 2005
James Berardinelli
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5x2 is a little talky and the pace is slow, but, for this kind of motion picture, it's one of the best around.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 3/4

June 5, 2005
Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
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With his convoluted narrative, Mr. Ozon has avoided some of the sentimental pitfalls of his subject, but only at the expense of much of its suspense.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

June 1, 2005
Lisa Nesselson
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It integrates ordinary pleasures, anxiety, joy, doubt and loneliness into a slightly melancholy portrait that's deceptively simple but never dull.

Full Review Source: Variety

February 18, 2005
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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Played backward or forward, these episodes, while not dull, arrive without preamble or motive and offer little insight into the difficulties of all love relationships.

October 19, 2004
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