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  • 75
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    This movie is not recommended for people who need to know what's going on. The Woman in the Fifth, an English and French language film from the Polish director Pawel Pawlikowski, is watchable and enjoyable, but it's fairly impenetrable, and it gets more peculiar as it goes along. show more

  • 40
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    Hawke works hard to solidify Pawlikowski's wispy ideas (which are adapted from Douglas Kennedy's novel). show more

  • 60
    Stephanie Zacharek Movieline

    I was with the movie every step of the way, right until the final credits began rolling – at which point I realized that the whole thing made no sense whatsoever, and that none of my nagging questions about what the hell was going on would ever be answered. There's a distinction to be made between being a dupe and being had. show more

  • 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Tom has enlisted our identification and sympathy, but he seems hopelessly isolated within his own bubble of despair. How much that happens is in his mind? show more

  • 75
    Slant Magazine

    Pawlikowski has crafted a film that throbs with substantial personal weight and bristles with a violent, haunting interior life. show more

  • 63
    Rick Groen The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    The Woman in the Fifth is an interesting chameleon until it runs out of disguises, and all that was transitory just looks transparent. show more

  • 38
    Lou Lumenick New York Post

    A sluggish and murky sub-Polanski-esque psychodrama. show more

  • 38
    Ann Hornaday Washington Post

    It's a curio, ripe with dreamy atmospherics and intriguing mysteries, but little else. show more

  • 60

    An ambitious thriller from Pawlikowski assisted by excellent performances from Hawke, Kulig and Scott Thomas. show more

  • 60
    Peter Bradshaw The Guardian

    This film has to be indulged a little, and you'll have to negotiate the stumbling block that is Hawke's stodgy, dodgy French accent. show more

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