The Woman in the Fifth Reviews

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July 25, 2019
Pawlikowski's latest feels like a vague dream, though one that's listless and evaporates quickly upon awakening.
July 3, 2019
The Woman in the Fifth could have worked better if everything didn't feel so inert.
January 3, 2019
Yes, this is one of those psychological thrillers where no one would be quite what they seemed if it weren't so obvious that they're not at all what they seem.
December 13, 2018
A provocative, courageous and often gripping film.
April 12, 2018
It is a pity that Pawlikowski abandons his quietly haunting impressionism in the film's more literal second half.
September 26, 2012
Though it's disguised as a "thriller," there's a good deal more than thrills to savor and ponder in The Woman in the Fifth.
August 26, 2012
July 30, 2012
A dark testimonial to the notion of artistic bloom and creative salvation through misery -- an intellectually engaging puzzle box, a movie that happily dances about on both literal and metaphorical planes.
July 6, 2012
"The Woman in the Fifth" leaves so many holes unfilled that instead of ending up intriguing, it's just plain frustrating.
July 2, 2012
Too many questions are left unaddressed, much less unanswered, in its rush to a meager non-payoff.
June 28, 2012
The last fifth of "Fifth" is pretty unsatisfying. But the rest of it is tense, intelligent fun.
June 21, 2012
A thankless lead vehicle for Ethan Hawke who's left largely stranded by writer-director Pawel Pawlikowski's opaque adaptation of Douglas Kennedy's novel.
June 21, 2012
An arresting film but ultimately an unsatisfying one, creating an effectively menacing mood but not delivering much dramatic punch, especially in a disappointing final twist.
June 21, 2012
The movie casts such a seductive air of mystery that the resolution feels anticlimactic, yet there's plenty to enjoy along the way, particularly Hawke's nuanced lead performance as a quiet man with secrets of his own.
June 21, 2012
When do we first sense reality slip away? Do we? Can the film be accepted on its own terms? Can the point of view be trusted?
June 19, 2012
[Mostly slow, this film at least] has some absorbing moments of strange sexuality, haunt and mystery.
June 18, 2012
Ethan Hawke gives a standout bilingual performance in this low-key psychological thriller.
June 16, 2012
Reveal too much and you've done all the heavy lifting for the audience. Reveal too little and they're left scratching their heads. The Woman in the Fifth will leave you very itchy indeed.
June 15, 2012
The Woman in the Fifth leaves a tantalizing trail of breadcrumbs only to lead us last breadcrumb.
June 15, 2012
For all the promise of minor-key, David Lynch-esque surrealism with a French twist, the movie offers perilously little payoff.
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