It's a curio, ripe with dreamy atmospherics and intriguing mysteries, but little else.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
[It's] watchable and enjoyable, but it's fairly impenetrable, and it gets more peculiar as it goes along.
| Original Score: 3/4
Although Mr. Pawlikowski often shows Mr. Hawke in medium and long shots, the actor draws you close.
| Original Score: 3/5
We are never sure if what we are seeing is actually happening, including the nature scenes that Pawlikowski interjects as contrast to the urban jungle - and also as a symbol of man's animal nature.
I wouldn't have minded a little more time with these characters, before they faded away into the gray Paris sidewalks.
This pensive, seductive drama is full of devious strategies, which begin with its protagonist's name: T. Ricks. Tricks.
The Woman in the Fifth fairly oozes enigma; if only it could drum up something to be enigmatic about.
Pawlikowski can't decide what to do with his protagonist, whose writer's block is the least of his emotional burdens.
| Original Score: 2/5
Fifth feels like a literary bauble, chipped by imperfections.
| Original Score: C
[Pawlikowski] creates a nice sense of paranoia and multicultural bewilderment that's the welcome tonal opposite of Woody Allen's romanticized Midnight in Paris fripperies.
| Original Score: B-
You realize you've been watching an object that's all surface, no soul.
You're not sure what this is till it's over, but certainly Hawke's performance is his nerviest and most sincere in a decade.
Pawel Pawlikowski has crafted a film that throbs with substantial personal weight and bristles with a violent, haunting interior life.
A pretentious, muddled drama that teases and mystifies.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
A beautifully-crafted, intriguingly-mysterious trip into the strange workings of the human condition.
| Original Score: 4/5
Oh, deliver us, please, from tiresome male fantasies.
Serves as a haunting insight into one man's struggle to rediscover himself and escape the clutches of mental illness.
The chemistry between the actors is gorgeously unhealthy; Oedipal, spiteful and sexy.
It's a rare film that leaves you wondering where it's going, how it may end - and afterwards, even questioning what actually happened. It's an intriguing enigma.
Hawke gives a thoughtful performance - the mainly subdued Ricks displaying telling flickers of rage.