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The Fifth Element Reviews

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

Loud, long, and overwhelming...

Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews | Original Score: 2/4

March 17, 2013
Carly Kocurek
Common Sense Media

Stylish and very violent sci-fi action flick.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 3/5

January 1, 2011
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs

Pure eye-candy and a rollicking good-time.

Full Review Source: Three Movie Buffs | Original Score: 3.5/4

March 24, 2009
Todd McCarthy
Top Critic IconTop Critic

A hodgepodge of elements that don't comfortably coalesce.

Full Review Source: Variety

September 4, 2008
Rob Gonsalves

It's a triumph of form over content, but it's a stunning triumph.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 4/5

February 3, 2008
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

I knew where it was going at all times, but the ride was excellent.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid | Original Score: 3/4

May 26, 2006
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
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Besson's futuristic fable is flawed by a messy narrative which strains to incorporate far too many grotesque and eccentric characters.

Full Review Source: Time Out

January 26, 2006
Jimmy Chertkow
Film Threat

The story is such a cut-rate kid's sci-fi fairy tale that at one point Evil actually calls Gary Oldman on the phone (and it isn't played for laughs).

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 2.5/5

December 6, 2005
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews

Besson has done a solid, if not outstanding, job in bringing his story, written as a teenager, to the big screen.

Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews | Original Score: B+

April 9, 2005
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

A motion picture with the body of a mainstream blockbuster but the spirit of a trendy cult flick.

Full Review Source: Creative Loafing | Original Score: 3/4

January 26, 2005
Dragan Antulov

The special effects provided Besson with the tools to provide the movie with the spectacular images, displaying the eagerness of a child in a candy store.

Full Review | Original Score: 6/10

August 29, 2003
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

It's cyberpunk!

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: B

April 8, 2003
Brian Mckay

Everything from the visual effects to the costume design seems to shout out like a precocious child: "Look at me!"

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 4/5

March 18, 2003
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope

The best-looking science fiction movie to come out in years, with fabulous sets, costumes and special effects, but its plot doesn't quite measure up to its appearance.

Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope | Original Score: 3/4

March 16, 2003
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer

Fifth Element doesn't reach the level of great sci-fi to which it clearly aspires because it has too many characters doing too many things for too few reasons. Still, it's a lot of fun.

Full Review Source: Cincinnati Enquirer | Original Score: 3/4

October 15, 2002
Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal

don't mind the one-dimensional characters and the sci-fi nonsense, but I really could have done without the unfunny, very French humor.

Full Review Source: Montreal Film Journal | Original Score: 3.5/4

September 10, 2002
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

Slam-dunk sci-fi extravaganza.

Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice

August 26, 2002
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic IconTop Critic

The Fifth Element has to be the most creative visualization since Tim Burton's first Batman in 1989. On top of that, it's a whole lot of fun.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

June 18, 2002
Kim Williamson
Boxoffice Magazine

The film's most basic conceit -- that there is an anti-life that, despite its nature, can have a desire and can operate physically in this universe, using its elements -- is not only never explained, it can't be.

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine | Original Score: 3/5

June 5, 2002
Leslie Rigoulot
Film Scouts

The pace is perfect, the combination of international casting superb and the cinematography sublime.

Full Review Source: Film Scouts

April 17, 2002
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