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The Woman in the Fifth Reviews

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Tom Long
Detroit News
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+
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
June 28, 2012
Those who prefer tidy, "Murder, She Wrote" closure are advised to shop elsewhere.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times
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
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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
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.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
June 15, 2012
It is guaranteed to haunt you for awhile.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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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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.
| 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.
| 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.
| 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.
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
February 14, 2012
Grief and a cruel search for companionship and belonging hang painfully over the film and work to counter some of its more frustrating loose ends and anti-climaxes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5