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Based on 22 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 2 )
  • 75
    Peter Stack San Francisco Chronicle

    What an attempt, and what a work of the imagination. The Fifth Element' will change the look of science fiction and will probably be imitated for years. show more

  • 50
    Susan Wloszczyna USA Today

    But for all the fancy-schmancy effects (budget: $90 million-plus), the vision of a hypercongested metropolis is not much more sophisticated than an episode of "The Jetsons." [9 May 1997] show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    I would not have missed seeing this film, and I recommend it for its richness of imagery. But at 127 minutes, which seems a reasonable length, it plays long. show more

  • 75
    Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune

    It's ludicrous, but it's fun. Besson is a filmmaker so in love with his own daffy excesses that he's able to pull us, laughing, right into his world of loony pop. [9 May 1997] show more

  • 63
    Rick Groen The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    The movie unreels like a depressive in a manic phase, a frenzy of lightning-fast cuts, cuts, cuts. show more

  • 50
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    The action is fast, furious, and as wacky as science fantasy gets. show more

  • 50
    San Francisco Examiner

    This is a prodigious something. It's just difficult to say whether that something is good or evil. show more

  • 50
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    Besson may have misfired with The Fifth Element, but at least he does it with flair and a sense of humor. show more

  • 50
    Maitland McDonagh TV Guide

    It's all densely imagined and more than a little goofy -- perhaps too goofy for the average American viewer. show more

  • 50
    Film Threat

    The story is such a cut-rate kid's sci-fi fairy tale that at one point Evil actually calls Gary Oldman on the phone (and it isn't played for laughs). show more

  • October 24, 2011 aturanski3
    Report This User

    Simply outstanding! A visual treat both with the creative costumes as well as many direct and indirect jokes planted across the film. Milla Jovovich is gorgeous and a believable \'perfect being\' and innocent.

  • March 09, 2011 FEsrigoHL
    Report This User

    Movies are made for viewers; not for critics. Viewers were 100 for it, with it's FLAW ( screaming). Watch it again and again !!

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