88

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
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?
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75

Slant Magazine

Pawlikowski has crafted a film that throbs with substantial personal weight and bristles with a violent, haunting interior life.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
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.
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67

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Heavy on mood and murk.
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63

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Rick Groen
The Woman in the Fifth is an interesting chameleon until it runs out of disguises, and all that was transitory just looks transparent.
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60

Empire

An ambitious thriller from Pawlikowski assisted by excellent performances from Hawke, Kulig and Scott Thomas.
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60

Movieline

By Stephanie Zacharek
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.
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40

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
Hawke works hard to solidify Pawlikowski's wispy ideas (which are adapted from Douglas Kennedy's novel).
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38

Washington Post

By Ann Hornaday
It's a curio, ripe with dreamy atmospherics and intriguing mysteries, but little else.
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38

New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
A sluggish and murky sub-Polanski-esque psychodrama.
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57 out of 100
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