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The Woman in the Fifth Reviews

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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.
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B
July 6, 2012
"The Woman in the Fifth" leaves so many holes unfilled that instead of ending up intriguing, it's just plain frustrating.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
July 2, 2012
Too many questions are left unaddressed, much less unanswered, in its rush to a meager non-payoff.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
June 28, 2012
Those who prefer tidy, "Murder, She Wrote" closure are advised to shop elsewhere.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 28, 2012
The last fifth of "Fifth" is pretty unsatisfying. But the rest of it is tense, intelligent fun.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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?
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
June 15, 2012
The Woman in the Fifth leaves a tantalizing trail of breadcrumbs only to lead us to...one last breadcrumb.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
June 15, 2012
For all the promise of minor-key, David Lynch-esque surrealism with a French twist, the movie offers perilously little payoff.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
June 15, 2012
Hawke's sympathetic performance gives the film an emotional continuity that seems to make sense of things even when things don't make sense at all.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
June 15, 2012
It is guaranteed to haunt you for awhile.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
June 15, 2012
It's a thing of beauty to watch Ethan Hawke and Kristin Scott Thomas work together, but we'd be lying if we said we understood this drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
June 15, 2012
The Woman in the Fifth is an interesting chameleon until it runs out of disguises, and all that was transitory just looks transparent.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
June 15, 2012
Pawel Pawlikowski's great-looking but pretentious adaptation of a Douglas Kennedy novel.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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