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5x2 Reviews

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David Noh
Film Journal International
March 1, 2007
The acting of both leads is good, at times more than that, but you feel that you've already seen every scene they're in, in countless other movies.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
February 4, 2006
It ends where the story begins at an Italian seaside resort as the couple happily swim off together into the sunset at their first encounter.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Emanuel Levy
December 20, 2005
Deconstructing the breakup of a romance in reverse chronological order is no longer original; Pinter has done it in "Betrayal."
Full Review | Original Score: B
Rory L. Aronsky
Film Threat
November 28, 2005
Ozon has a studied, contemplative style at work here.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
November 18, 2005
Peeling off the emotional layers one by one, François Ozon's 5 X 2 reveals intimate snapshots of a relationship, simply but searingly.
Enrique Buchichio
Uruguay Total
October 17, 2005
(...) Es de esas películas que vale quizá más por las reflexiones y debates que dispara entre las personas que como pieza cinematográfica en sí misma.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
October 14, 2005
The soulful Bruni-Tedeschi gives the impression that her beautiful face is bruised, even though it is blemish free; it's one of the best performances of the year.
| Original Score: '3.5/4'
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
September 18, 2005
Even while we're flipping through the snapshots of two people's ultimate disenchantment with each other, it never feels tawdry or excessive or, for that matter, very interesting.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star
September 16, 2005
We watch Marion and Gilles with a sort of clinical detachment, and it's difficult to really care.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Marty Mapes
Movie Habit
September 1, 2005
Doesn't feel like a gimmick at all. It feels like a natural introduction to the characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
August 26, 2005
Bruni-Tedeschi and Freiss give solid performances, though, and their physical transformations over time (a slight weight gain for her, facial hair for him) are convincing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Sean P. Means
Salt Lake Tribune
August 26, 2005
The reverse-chronology gimmick ends up only serving up a trite observation that lies and mistrust are a poor foundation for a marriage.
| Original Score: 2/4
Eric D. Snider
August 25, 2005
Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi's character is the one to watch throughout the film, as it is in her demeanor that we learn all the answers -- or all the questions, anyway.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Top Critic
Steve Murray
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
August 18, 2005
A cool, sometimes chilly dissection of one couple's relationship.
| Original Score: B-
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
August 11, 2005
The effect of the reverse sequencing is to make us view everything in the film -- even hopeful events like a marriage or the birth of a child -- with sadness.
| Original Score: 2/4
August 8, 2005
The story never delves deep enough into the characters to really say anything significant.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
August 6, 2005
Like reading a book from which most of the connective chapters have been removed, backwards.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Top Critic
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
July 29, 2005
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
James Verniere
Boston Herald
July 29, 2005
Tedeschi delivers a radiant, multifaceted performance, and both leads eerily appear to get younger as the film heads into the past.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
Rex Reed
New York Observer
July 28, 2005
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.
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