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The Woman in the Fifth Reviews

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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
June 15, 2012
It's a curio, ripe with dreamy atmospherics and intriguing mysteries, but little else.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
June 14, 2012
[It's] watchable and enjoyable, but it's fairly impenetrable, and it gets more peculiar as it goes along.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
June 14, 2012
Although Mr. Pawlikowski often shows Mr. Hawke in medium and long shots, the actor draws you close.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
June 14, 2012
We are never sure if what we are seeing is actually happening, including the nature scenes that Pawlikowski interjects as contrast to the urban jungle - and also as a symbol of man's animal nature.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
June 14, 2012
I wouldn't have minded a little more time with these characters, before they faded away into the gray Paris sidewalks.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
June 14, 2012
This pensive, seductive drama is full of devious strategies, which begin with its protagonist's name: T. Ricks. Tricks.
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June 14, 2012
The Woman in the Fifth fairly oozes enigma; if only it could drum up something to be enigmatic about.
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
June 14, 2012
Pawlikowski can't decide what to do with his protagonist, whose writer's block is the least of his emotional burdens.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
June 14, 2012
Fifth feels like a literary bauble, chipped by imperfections.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
June 13, 2012
[Pawlikowski] creates a nice sense of paranoia and multicultural bewilderment that's the welcome tonal opposite of Woody Allen's romanticized Midnight in Paris fripperies.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
June 12, 2012
You realize you've been watching an object that's all surface, no soul.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
June 12, 2012
You're not sure what this is till it's over, but certainly Hawke's performance is his nerviest and most sincere in a decade.
Chris Cabin
Slant Magazine
June 12, 2012
Pawel Pawlikowski has crafted a film that throbs with substantial personal weight and bristles with a violent, haunting interior life.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Don Groves
sbs.com.au
April 25, 2012
A pretentious, muddled drama that teases and mystifies.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Graham Young
Birmingham Mail
March 23, 2012
A beautifully-crafted, intriguingly-mysterious trip into the strange workings of the human condition.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
February 18, 2012
Oh, deliver us, please, from tiresome male fantasies.
February 18, 2012
Serves as a haunting insight into one man's struggle to rediscover himself and escape the clutches of mental illness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Charlotte O'Sullivan
London Evening Standard
February 17, 2012
The chemistry between the actors is gorgeously unhealthy; Oedipal, spiteful and sexy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David Gritten
Daily Telegraph (UK)
February 17, 2012
It's a rare film that leaves you wondering where it's going, how it may end - and afterwards, even questioning what actually happened. It's an intriguing enigma.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Alex Zane
The Sun (UK)
February 16, 2012
Hawke gives a thoughtful performance - the mainly subdued Ricks displaying telling flickers of rage.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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