The Fifth Element Reviews

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 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.
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.
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 4, 2008
A hodgepodge of elements that don't comfortably coalesce.
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).
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April 12, 2002
October 11, 2001
Boring and idiotic
February 27, 2001
What an exhilarating, visual feast is Luc Besson's The Fifth Element. And what a mess.
January 1, 2000
This is a prodigious something. It's just difficult to say whether that something is good or evil.
January 1, 2000
After doing much to reduce French cinema to a second-rate clone of bad Hollywood, Besson is seeking to expand to America.
January 1, 2000
An overblown cosmic comic book.
January 1, 2000
January 1, 2000
Mr. Besson directs with ceaseless flamboyance and with an obvious enthusiasm for his film's comic book conceits. But the tone of The Fifth Element is often terribly shrill, especially when attention shifts to grating minor characters.
January 1, 2000
As you sit through the interminable two-hours-plus that constitute The Fifth Element -- a colossally stupid, overbearingly pompous new movie by Luc Besson -- you can expect to become acquainted with boredom on the most elemental level.
January 1, 2000
A lot of money was spent on this film, but $100 million doesn't guarantee a good product. Maybe someone should have thought of spending a few more dollars on a better script.
January 1, 2000
These kinds of attitude are really getting old. If you're gonna be a pig, at least be original about it.
May 9, 1997