The Fifth Element Reviews

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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.
August 26, 2002
Slam-dunk sci-fi extravaganza.
June 18, 2002
The Fifth Element has to be the most creative visualization since Tim Burton's first Batman in 1989. On top of that, it's a whole lot of fun.
June 5, 2002
The film's most basic conceit -- that there is an anti-life that, despite its nature, can have a desire and can operate physically in this universe, using its elements -- is not only never explained, it can't be.
April 17, 2002
The pace is perfect, the combination of international casting superb and the cinematography sublime.
October 5, 2001
(In Sony's new Superbit DVD format) picture and sound unite to create a unique three-dimensional fantasy world.
April 17, 2001
Bruce Willis is good in an average role, Milla Jovovich is acceptable in a terrible role, but as ever Gary Oldman is terrific in how he seems to find just the right note for the film and threatens to take it over.
February 14, 2001
There's no doubt about it, when it comes to saving the world, Bruce Willis is your man. He does it with smarts and style, humor and courage.
January 1, 2000
For the most part, it's a nice goofy E-Ticket ride.
January 1, 2000
His enthusiasm for this project is so pervasive that you can't help share his sense of enjoyment
January 1, 2000
Besson surrounds his colorful characters and eccentric myths with a world of incredibly detailed richness. He fills every inch of every frame with imagination.
January 1, 2000
Rarely does a filmmaker's original vision come to the screen in all its audacious, undiluted glory.
January 1, 2000
While the logic of the storyline leaves a lot to be desired, "The Fifth Element" satisfies as sheer spectacle.
January 1, 2000
The film just takes off from the first slow frame and by the end, you're going "Wow!"
January 1, 2000
Things happen for the sake of a momentary laugh or gasp rather than for the creation of the film's internal universe. It's not a specific future; it's The Future, impressive but generic.
January 1, 2000
Director Besson keeps the action moving fast enough to satisfy any action movie junkie.
January 1, 2000
An eye-popping, exciting, comic bookish, sensory overload experience.
January 1, 2000
I hate to suggest that viewers should check their brains at the door to enjoy a movie, but I'm afraid that sentiment serves both as a warning and a recommendation where The Fifth Element is concerned.
January 1, 2000
A highly involving and mesmerizing film.
January 1, 2000
It sounds like a big confused jumble, but actually it has its own internal consistency and look. It is almost immediately engaging and engrossing.
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