The Fifth Element
The Fifth Element (1997)

Good and evil battle for the future of 23rd century Earth in this visually striking big-budget science fiction epic. In the movie's prologue, which is set in 1914, scientists gather in Egypt at the site of an event that transpired… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: December 9, 1997
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71%
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Critic Score: 71% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Visually inventive and gleefully over the top, Luc Besson's The Fifth Element is a fantastic piece of pop sci-fi that never takes itself too seriously.

Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal

In this movie and many like it, the only elements that count are impact, impact, impact and impact. The fifth element is gibberish.

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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

The Fifth Element has to be the most creative visualization since Tim Burton's first Batman in 1989. On top of that, it's a whole lot of fun.

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Joe Leydon
The Moving Picture Show

A jaw-dropping, mind-blowing pop epic that gives you everything from the slam-bang sci-fi fantasy of Star Wars to the inspired slapstick lunacy of The Marx Brothers

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Todd McCarthy
Variety

A hodgepodge of elements that don't comfortably coalesce.

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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

There's no doubt about it, when it comes to saving the world, Bruce Willis is your man. He does it with smarts and style, humor and courage.

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

Loud, long, and overwhelming...

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Besson's futuristic fable is flawed by a messy narrative which strains to incorporate far too many grotesque and eccentric characters.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

Mr. Besson directs with ceaseless flamboyance and with an obvious enthusiasm for his film's comic book conceits. But the tone of The Fifth Element is often terribly shrill, especially when attention shifts to grating minor characters.

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Carly Kocurek
Common Sense Media

Stylish and very violent sci-fi action flick.

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Flixster Audience Score: 87% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
There is something amusing about the way it embraces camp but Besson crosses the line into goofy, ridiculous flamboyance with an insufferable Chris Tucker, an… More
Dan Schultz
An absurd, visually spectacular, totally goofy sci-fi good vs. evil tale that takes place in a futuristic society where a taxi cab driver (Bruce Willis) is… More
Wildaly M
It's the weirdest, coolest futuristic movie I've ever seen. The story is pretty cool and Gary Oldman is especially cool as the arch-villain. It's… More
JY Skacto
<i>The Fifth Element</i> simply dazzles in all aspects. Congratulations Luc Besson.<p>The plot is easy to pickup and follow, even for a… More
xGary Xx
Subtlety is most definitely not the order of the day in Luc Besson's high camp space opera, and it's scattershot approach does mean there are a few… More
Mark Hobin
Utterly loopy plot is what makes this French/American space adventure story so intoxicating. Apparently, writer/director Luc Besson began the script for The… More

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