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The Fifth Element Reviews

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Jeff Beck
The Blu Spot
November 17, 2015
Luc Besson's The Fifth Element is a dazzling, funny, and exciting sci-fi actioner that features unforgettable characters and a thrilling story, making this one of the most underrated science-fiction classics around.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Joe Leydon
The Moving Picture Show
July 19, 2014
A jaw-dropping, mind-blowing pop epic that gives you everything from the slam-bang sci-fi fantasy of Star Wars to the inspired slapstick lunacy of The Marx Brothers
Top Critic
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
July 14, 2014
In this movie and many like it, the only elements that count are impact, impact, impact and impact. The fifth element is gibberish.
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
March 17, 2013
Loud, long, and overwhelming...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Carly Kocurek
Common Sense Media
January 1, 2011
Stylish and very violent sci-fi action flick.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
March 24, 2009
Pure eye-candy and a rollicking good-time.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Top Critic
Todd McCarthy
September 4, 2008
A hodgepodge of elements that don't comfortably coalesce.
Rob Gonsalves
February 3, 2008
It's a triumph of form over content, but it's a stunning triumph.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 26, 2006
I knew where it was going at all times, but the ride was excellent.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
January 26, 2006
Besson's futuristic fable is flawed by a messy narrative which strains to incorporate far too many grotesque and eccentric characters.
Jimmy Chertkow
Film Threat
December 6, 2005
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 | Original Score: 2.5/5
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
April 9, 2005
Besson has done a solid, if not outstanding, job in bringing his story, written as a teenager, to the big screen.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
January 26, 2005
This gonzo sci-fi outing proves to be a messy amalgam -- a motion picture with the body of a mainstream blockbuster but the spirit of a trendy cult flick. And yet, for all its narrative incoherencies, visual excesses and shifting moods, the movie works.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Dragan Antulov
August 29, 2003
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
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
April 8, 2003
It's cyberpunk!
Full Review | Original Score: B
Brian Mckay
March 18, 2003
Everything from the visual effects to the costume design seems to shout out like a precocious child: "Look at me!"
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
March 16, 2003
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 | Original Score: 3/4
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer
October 15, 2002
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 | Original Score: 3/4
Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal
September 10, 2002
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 | Original Score: 3.5/4
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
August 26, 2002
Slam-dunk sci-fi extravaganza.
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