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The Fifth Element Review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 3.0
    52

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Mixed or average reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 50

    out of 100

    ReelViews 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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  • 50

    out of 100

    USA Today 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]

  • 67

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly 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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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times 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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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune 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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