5 to 7


5 to 7

Critics Consensus

5 to 7 too often settles for rom-com clichés, but they're offset by its charming stars, sensitive direction, and a deceptively smart screenplay.



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A chance encounter on the streets of Manhattan draws 20-something aspiring writer Brian (Anton Yelchin) into a passionate love affair with a glamorous French woman (Skyfall Bond girl Bérénice Marlohe). The catch? She's married, and can only meet him for hotel room trysts between the hours of 5 and 7. As Brian yearns for more than just two hours a day with the woman of his dreams, he learns hard won lessons about life and love. Co-starring Frank Langella, Glenn Close, and Olivia Thirlby, this sexy romance captures the giddy thrill, the pain and the comedy of being young and falling in love. (C) IFC Films

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Critic Reviews for 5 to 7

All Critics (55) | Top Critics (22)

  • The fairytale aura is nourished by outdated yet timeless notions of Frenchness and Americanness, grand romantic fantasies in themselves.

    Nov 5, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • The strong cast, a beautiful score, and a surprisingly affecting ending make it more convincing that it seems at first.

    Apr 28, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Though Yelchin does not elevate his role much above pasty callowness, Marlohe brings to hers a luminous irony and melancholy that makes her the ideal elusive beauty of hyper-romantic adolescent dreams.

    Apr 23, 2015 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • The problem with 5 to 7 is that the most important romance, between Brian and Arielle, never feels real.

    Apr 23, 2015 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • There aren't many surprises in "5 to 7," unless you count such startlingly cliched bits of dialogue as "Life is a collection of moments" and "There's no free lunch."

    Apr 23, 2015 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
  • The Brian-and-Arielle story never quite feels believable; it plays more like a novel than a genuine love story, like a work in progress, rather than a beginning and, inevitably, an end.

    Apr 17, 2015 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for 5 to 7

  • Mar 27, 2017
    A neat romantic fable about consensual adultery that works as long as everyone follows the rules, which of course they don't. The film's crowning achievement is to spur one's own bittersweet memories of love. Like an internet video of kitties scampering, a charmer.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • May 01, 2016
    A little syrupy and melodramatic at the end, but this romantic comedy is clever and touching for the most part, and Bérénice Marlohe is absolutely radiant in her role as the 33-year-old French woman who is honest to everyone about the affair she's having with a 24-year-old aspiring writer (telling her husband, her kids, his parents, etc). Despite the maturity and understanding of the 'agreement' they have, feelings inevitably get involved. The movie is restrained in showing no nudity and little sex, but I think it was more erotic as a result. It's too bad the ending wasn't a bit more restrained as well. I loved the shots of personalized plaques on benches in Central Park, and the movie's last line: "I will promise you this. Your favorite story, whatever it might be, was written for one reader." I also liked this uplifting line: "Put aside your notions about how people are. The world will surprise you with its grace if you let it."
    Antonius B Super Reviewer
  • Oct 24, 2015
    A New York writer and a French ambassador's wife have a long-lasting, fulfilling open affair. Filled with poetic, heartening moments and some surprisingly funny dialogue (almost Woody Allen-esque in their clever self-deprecation), director Victor Levin's wistful romance is a delight. Berenice Marlohe's luminous smile lights Arielle's melancholy, and Anton Yelchin is a solid romantic lead, and every romantic comedy should feature Glenn Close and Frank Langella as disapproving parents. The film doesn't have much new to say about love or marriage, but it shows old truths in affecting and compelling ways. Overall, you should see this movie if only to see the one-liners on Central Park benches - lovely poems, all of them.
    Jim H Super Reviewer
  • Apr 09, 2015
    "5 to 7" starts with Brian(Anton Yelchin), an aspiring writer, risking life and limb to cross a street in New York City to talk to Arielle(Berenice Marlohe) who is not only beautiful and French but also taller and older. Luckily, his 'Little Mermaid' pickup line does not backfire and they agree to meet in the same place the following week. She also says they can get together elsewhere but only during the hours of 5 and 7 which is the result of an arrangement she has with her husband Valery(Lambert Wilson), a diplomat. The final line of "5 to 7"(relax, no spoilers here) is that every book is written for just one person. The same feels true for this movie because as appealing as it can be, it can also be just as infuriating at times. Overall, this is a charming romantic comedy that is refreshingly open minded, led by its two charismatic leads and helped by its quality supporting cast, especially Glenn Close who by default might be doing some of her best work here in a long time. On the other hand, "5 to 7" turns out to be quite cynical in the end which is no less sad, even though the world probably does work this way.(But it does pave the way for an amazing real life cameo.) And do kid writers still only dream of being published in magazines today?
    Walter M Super Reviewer

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