The Fifth Element Reviews

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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.
August 22, 2018
It fuses slapstick with screwball comedy in brilliant ways, and appreciates the necessity of levity when considering heavy themes.
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
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.
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.
April 9, 2005
Besson has done a solid, if not outstanding, job in bringing his story, written as a teenager, to the big screen.
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.
December 12, 2003
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.
April 8, 2003
It's cyberpunk!
March 18, 2003
Everything from the visual effects to the costume design seems to shout out like a precocious child: "Look at me!"
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.
March 6, 2003
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.
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