The Fifth Element Reviews

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.
May 10, 2017
The Fifth Element has enough eye-appeal for two good movies.
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.
September 7, 2011
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.
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.
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April 12, 2002
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
An overblown cosmic comic book.
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
One of the great goofy movies -- a film so preposterous I wasn't surprised to discover it was written by a teenage boy.
May 9, 1997