The Woman in the Fifth
The Woman in the Fifth (2012)

American writer Tom Ricks comes to Paris desperate to put his life together again and win back the love of his estranged wife and daughter. When things don't go according to plan, he ends up in a shady hotel in the suburbs, having to… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: June 15, 2012
DVD Release Date: September 18, 2012
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Critic Score: 63% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Tom Long
Detroit News

"The Woman in the Fifth" leaves so many holes unfilled that instead of ending up intriguing, it's just plain frustrating.

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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader

The movie casts such a seductive air of mystery that the resolution feels anticlimactic, yet there's plenty to enjoy along the way, particularly Hawke's nuanced lead performance as a quiet man with secrets of his own.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Though it's disguised as a "thriller," there's a good deal more than thrills to savor and ponder in The Woman in the Fifth.

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

Those who prefer tidy, "Murder, She Wrote" closure are advised to shop elsewhere.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

When do we first sense reality slip away? Do we? Can the film be accepted on its own terms? Can the point of view be trusted?

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Brent Simon
Shared Darkness

A dark testimonial to the notion of artistic bloom and creative salvation through misery -- an intellectually engaging puzzle box, a movie that happily dances about on both literal and metaphorical planes.

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Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times

A thankless lead vehicle for Ethan Hawke who's left largely stranded by writer-director Pawel Pawlikowski's opaque adaptation of Douglas Kennedy's novel.

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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger

It is guaranteed to haunt you for awhile.

Michael Dequina

Too many questions are left unaddressed, much less unanswered, in its rush to a meager non-payoff.

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Flixster Audience Score: 22% Flixster User Reviews
paul sandberg
I have a dilemma in reviewing the Ethan Hawke vehicle "Woman In The Fifth"; for if I even begin to describe what takes place here I run the risk of… More
The Movie Waffler
I'm always suspicious of a work of fiction which features a writer as it's protagonist, there's always the danger of self-aggrandizing and… More
William Dunmyer
First "Elles," and now "The Woman in the Fifth." Two films made in Paris by Polish-born filmmakers in one year. And Joanna Kulig appears in… More
Sol C
The film isn't bad but it isn't great either. It feels like the director is trying to copy the style of Roman Polanski here. I did like that the film… More
Walter M.
"The Woman in the Fifth" starts with Tom Ricks(Ethan Hawke), a university professor and one-time author, traveling to Paris to visit his six-year old… More
Daniel Parsons
Provocative, enigmatic and Polanski-esque drama that divided audiences over whether the film was brave and smart leaving do many unanswered questions, or… More