Five (1951)

One of the most pretentious "apocalypse" films ever made, Five is set in a lavish Frank Lloyd Wright-designed house--owned by Arch Oboler, the film's writer/producer/director. The "five" of the title are the only… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: April 25, 1951
DVD Release Date: February 24, 2009
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Critic Score: 57% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Dull, talky, gloomy, pretentious, naive and slow-moving post-apocalyptic survival story of the unfit.

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Sean Axmaker
Turner Classic Movies Online

For all of his budgetary limitations, it's a strikingly atmospheric and handsome film and [Arch] Oboler creates an eerie sense isolation with simple techniques.

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Fernando F. Croce

Admirably grave, indelible parable of nuclear unease

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Brian Webster
Apollo Guide

Interesting in many ways, like its director (Arch Oboler), Five falls short of really hitting home.

John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

A beautifully realized, semi-pretentious, almost forgotten mini-classic of Atom Age after-the-bomb poetry and paranoia, 'Five' sketches its post-disaster environment with admirable economy; it now seems more like an 'art' film than a genre effort.

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Prairie Miller

While survivors with too much time on their hands argue, joke and flirt in the wilderness, enough juice finally kicks in from a found generator for waltzes to start playing on 45s. And not exactly a Hollywood happy ending, but with vintage charm to spare.

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Flixster Audience Score: 47% Flixster User Reviews
Aj V
Although it's called five, I cannot give it a 5. This apocalypse film is not only depressing, it's boring too. There's no music for the most… More