The Woman in the Fifth Reviews

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
September 26, 2012
Though it's disguised as a "thriller," there's a good deal more than thrills to savor and ponder in The Woman in the Fifth.
Brent Simon
Shared Darkness
July 30, 2012
A dark testimonial to the notion of artistic bloom and creative salvation through misery -- an intellectually engaging puzzle box, a movie that happily dances about on both literal and metaphorical planes.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Tom Long
Detroit News
July 6, 2012
"The Woman in the Fifth" leaves so many holes unfilled that instead of ending up intriguing, it's just plain frustrating.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com
July 2, 2012
Too many questions are left unaddressed, much less unanswered, in its rush to a meager non-payoff.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
June 28, 2012
Those who prefer tidy, "Murder, She Wrote" closure are advised to shop elsewhere.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
June 28, 2012
The last fifth of "Fifth" is pretty unsatisfying. But the rest of it is tense, intelligent fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times
June 21, 2012
A thankless lead vehicle for Ethan Hawke who's left largely stranded by writer-director Pawel Pawlikowski's opaque adaptation of Douglas Kennedy's novel.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
June 21, 2012
An arresting film but ultimately an unsatisfying one, creating an effectively menacing mood but not delivering much dramatic punch, especially in a disappointing final twist.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
June 21, 2012
The movie casts such a seductive air of mystery that the resolution feels anticlimactic, yet there's plenty to enjoy along the way, particularly Hawke's nuanced lead performance as a quiet man with secrets of his own.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
June 21, 2012
When do we first sense reality slip away? Do we? Can the film be accepted on its own terms? Can the point of view be trusted?
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Staci Layne Wilson
Horror.com
June 19, 2012
[Mostly slow, this film at least] has some absorbing moments of strange sexuality, haunt and mystery.
Todd Jorgenson
Cinemalogue.com
June 18, 2012
Ethan Hawke gives a standout bilingual performance in this low-key psychological thriller.
Rob Hunter
Film School Rejects
June 16, 2012
Reveal too much and you've done all the heavy lifting for the audience. Reveal too little and they're left scratching their heads. The Woman in the Fifth will leave you very itchy indeed.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Stephanie Zacharek
Movieline
June 15, 2012
The Woman in the Fifth leaves a tantalizing trail of breadcrumbs only to lead us to...one last breadcrumb.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Robert Levin
amNewYork
June 15, 2012
For all the promise of minor-key, David Lynch-esque surrealism with a French twist, the movie offers perilously little payoff.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Norman Wilner
NOW Toronto
June 15, 2012
Hawke's sympathetic performance gives the film an emotional continuity that seems to make sense of things even when things don't make sense at all.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
June 15, 2012
It is guaranteed to haunt you for awhile.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies
June 15, 2012
It's a thing of beauty to watch Ethan Hawke and Kristin Scott Thomas work together, but we'd be lying if we said we understood this drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
June 15, 2012
The Woman in the Fifth is an interesting chameleon until it runs out of disguises, and all that was transitory just looks transparent.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
June 15, 2012
Pawel Pawlikowski's great-looking but pretentious adaptation of a Douglas Kennedy novel.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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