75

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
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]
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Peter Stack
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.
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
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.
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67

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
The future-shock details are witty, the sets and skyscapes spectacular. Besson may not be a good director, exactly, but he's a wizard at retrofitting cliches.
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63

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Rick Groen
The movie unreels like a depressive in a manic phase, a frenzy of lightning-fast cuts, cuts, cuts.
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50

TV Guide

By Maitland McDonagh
It's all densely imagined and more than a little goofy -- perhaps too goofy for the average American viewer.
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50

San Francisco Examiner

This is a prodigious something. It's just difficult to say whether that something is good or evil.
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50

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
The action is fast, furious, and as wacky as science fantasy gets.
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50

USA Today

By Susan Wloszczyna
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]
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50

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
Besson may have misfired with The Fifth Element, but at least he does it with flair and a sense of humor.
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52 out of 100
Mixed or average reviews
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