5x2

Metascore
62

Generally favorable reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24
  1. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    63
    It flirts intriguingly with the unknowable, what it shows us of the knowable isn't terribly interesting.
  2. Austere and formally complex, the drama may nevertheless be Ozon's most accessible film due to the physical attractiveness and vitality of the intelligent couple.
  3. When you piece it all together, it becomes mildly fascinating.
  4. Compellingly acted and rich in visual ideas, but a bit thin in its psychological approach.
  5. Feminist sanctimony, it turns out, looks much the same forward and backward.
  6. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    63
    France's Fran├žois Ozon's 5 x 2, which resembles Ingmar Bergman's "Scenes from a Marriage" told in reverse, could be played for laughs, or suspense -- who killed this marriage? -- or with the rueful irony of Stephen Sondheim's backward musical "Merrily We Roll Along."
  7. Cool, clinical and not altogether convincing.
  8. A sort of anti-date movie, a smart but deeply cynical study in failure, with our sense of loss growing in direct proportion to the characters' romantic hopes.
  9. 75
    5x2 is a little talky and the pace is slow, but, for this kind of motion picture, it's one of the best around.
  10. Ozon's greatest special effect is holding the camera in tight on the faces of Bruni-Tedeschi (one of the most expressive faces in French cinema) and Freiss.
  11. 80
    Unlike "Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind," which holds the memories of a doomed affair as precious, there's nothing bittersweet about Ozon's failed romance, but its problems are equally true.
  12. In 5 x 2, the 2 are terrific; it's the 5 that needs work.
  13. Reviewed by: Lisa Nesselson
    70
    Excellent perfs and writer-director Francois Ozon's sure, unfussy way with the camera add up to a viewing experience whose richness depends in large part on how much the viewer reads into the human templates on display.
  14. 70
    Deceptively placid and subtly unpredictable drama.
  15. Plays a little like a mystery, the central question of which is not whodunit but why.
  16. You can make a good movie about a bad marriage, as countless directors, the latest being Ozon, have discovered.
User Score
6.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 14 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 8
  2. Negative: 1 out of 8
  1. ChadS.
    Apr 10, 2007
    6
    Giles (Stephane Freiss) and Marion(Valeria Bruni Tedeschi) sign their divorce papers, then they adjourn to a hotel room for some afternoon Giles (Stephane Freiss) and Marion(Valeria Bruni Tedeschi) sign their divorce papers, then they adjourn to a hotel room for some afternoon delight. What is this? "Au revoir" sex? No. "5x2" is telling their story in reverse, and if this narrative device dredges up bad memories of Monica Belluci's anguished screams on a desolate subway platform; relax, Francois Ozon's follow-up to "The Swimming Pool" is closer to "Betrayal" (written by Harold Pinter) than Gaspar Noe's "Irreversible". This disillusioned Parisian couple can't move on because quantum physics is making them relive their personal hell... and heaven. "5X2" is a real downer, however, self-consciously so; every momentous occasion in their married life (the wedding night, the birth of their child) is marred by Gilles' perplexing behavior. In the gaps, their ongoing life that goes unexamined by the camera eye within the fade-outs between every sour vignette aren't nearly as enigmatic as they should be, since the devil in their holy matrimony tells us all we need to know about their marital trajectory before each narrative wormhole snakes into the doomed couple's past. "5X2" is well-acted, nicely photographed, but kind of pointless. Full Review »
  2. AaronA.
    Nov 16, 2006
    8
    Ambitious, superbly acted, imperfect. Recommended.
  3. GeorgeG.
    Mar 17, 2006
    9
    This compelling dissection of a marriage gone bad offers superb acting and sublime directing. Viewers who don´t like it obviously are This compelling dissection of a marriage gone bad offers superb acting and sublime directing. Viewers who don´t like it obviously are dead in the brain and between their legs. Full Review »