The Fifth Element Reviews

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June 12, 2020
The brains behind The Fifth Element would have been better off adding a sixth element - common sense - to the plot, and allowing it to form a bridge between the film's fantastic visual appeal and its ramshackle plot.
November 6, 2018
The Fifth Element is a bold, bright, loud, rowdy, lush, extravagant science fiction space opera that wears its heart on its garish sleeve.
November 2, 2018
Aside from Besson's impressive directorial panache, always providing something eye-catching and original to look at...there is little else about The Fifth Element that is particularly noteworthy.
August 22, 2018
It fuses slapstick with screwball comedy in brilliant ways, and appreciates the necessity of levity when considering heavy themes.
May 10, 2018
Narratively challenged, visually monotonous and aurally overpowering, The Fifth Element is a staggering accretion of all the wrong elements and some rather dopey ones as well.
August 19, 2017
Even 20 years on, The Fifth Element hasn't lost very much of its ability to thoroughly confound and dazzle.
May 10, 2017
The Fifth Element has enough eye-appeal for two good movies.
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.
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
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.
March 17, 2013
Loud, long, and overwhelming...
September 7, 2011
January 1, 2011
Stylish and very violent sci-fi action flick.
March 24, 2009
Pure eye-candy and a rollicking good-time.
September 4, 2008
A hodgepodge of elements that don't comfortably coalesce.
February 3, 2008
It's a triumph of form over content, but it's a stunning triumph.
May 26, 2006
I knew where it was going at all times, but the ride was excellent.
January 26, 2006
Besson's futuristic fable is flawed by a messy narrative which strains to incorporate far too many grotesque and eccentric characters.
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).
April 9, 2005
Besson has done a solid, if not outstanding, job in bringing his story, written as a teenager, to the big screen.
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