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The Woman in the Fifth Reviews

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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+
April 25, 2012
A pretentious, muddled drama that teases and mystifies.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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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.
September 17, 2011
[An] intriguing but contrived mystery-drama.
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
February 16, 2012
The end result still gives every appearance of the film having been made up as they went along.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
June 19, 2012
[Mostly slow, this film at least] has some absorbing moments of strange sexuality, haunt and mystery.
February 18, 2012
Oh, deliver us, please, from tiresome male fantasies.
June 15, 2012
Pawel Pawlikowski's great-looking but pretentious adaptation of a Douglas Kennedy novel.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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+
June 12, 2012
You realize you've been watching an object that's all surface, no soul.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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
February 16, 2012
With the exception of one brilliantly uncomfortable literary party scene, the film is really just a euro-sub-pudding with psycho-thriller possibilities.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
June 14, 2012
Fifth feels like a literary bauble, chipped by imperfections.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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
June 15, 2012
It's a curio, ripe with dreamy atmospherics and intriguing mysteries, but little else.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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
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 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
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
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