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  • Summary: New York cab driver Korben Dallas didn't mean to be a hero. But he just picked up the kind of fare that only comes along every five thousand years - a perfect beauty, a perfect being, a perfect weapon. Now, together, they must save the world. (Columbia TriStar)
  • Director: Luc Besson
  • Genre(s): Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller, Romance
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Runtime: 126 min
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  1. Positive: 10 out of 22
  2. Negative: 3 out of 22
  1. The cast is a delight, but it's Willis who is the film's true "fifth element," giving it life, depth and humanity.
  2. 78
    Although the film tends to suffer from a severe case of overt preachiness in the third reel (shades of James Cameron's "The Abyss"), it's still a wonderfully visual, exciting ride.
  3. 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]
  4. Reviewed by: Jimmy Chertkow
    The story is such a cut-rate kid's sci-fi fairy tale that at one point Evil actually calls Gary Oldman on the phone (and it isn't played for laughs).
  5. Reviewed by: Barbara Shulgasser
    This is a prodigious something. It's just difficult to say whether that something is good or evil.
  6. 50
    Besson may have misfired with The Fifth Element, but at least he does it with flair and a sense of humor.
  7. Reviewed by: Scott Rosenberg
    As you sit through the interminable two-hours-plus that constitute The Fifth Element -- a colossally stupid, overbearingly pompous new movie by Luc Besson -- you can expect to become acquainted with boredom on the most elemental level.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 41 out of 46
  2. Negative: 3 out of 46
  1. CarleyN.
    Nov 7, 2005
    Absoloubtley fantastic film! It's got all your favorite actors/actress rolled into one!
  2. Nov 6, 2010
    I loved this movie. I saw it in the theaters and have watched it on TV a zillion times since. There was an article in the NY Times recently about unforgettable movie lines. The article wasn't particularly good - it forgot about Better Davis's "fasten your seatbelt, it's gonna be a bumpy ride" and so on. But it got me thinking. And what popped into my mind (forgive me) were two lines from The Fifth Element that I found unforgettable: "Negative, I am a meat popsicle." and "Does anyone else want to negotiate?" And then there is the memorable "It sa, it sa, it sa..." I am really curious what it is that so turned the critics off. I am a fan for life of this whimsical, silly, funny, well-acted and yes, sentimental, film. Love might not save the world, but wait - it's on again this week! Who cares!?! Expand
  3. JoelP
    Apr 9, 2009
    It's a ton of fun, and not for everyone. But if you're a Bruce Willis, Chris Tucker or Gary Oldman fan, this is a can't miss. I have watched this over and over and this is a great example of a reason to see a movie for yourself and forget the critics! Expand
  4. Sep 7, 2014
    The Fifth Element is a spectacular action adventure, dazzling special effects with a fascinating storyline.
  5. ShaneH.
    Sep 2, 2006
    This is my absolute favorite movie of all time. There are no slow scenes in the entire movie. I find myself gkued to the screen every time I watch it. It is also a Sci-Fi lovers paradise. Expand
  6. Feb 17, 2013
    This movie is so fun to watch. It may not be the BEST sci-fi movie ever to some people, but to me it is. This movie will forever have a special place in my heart. I will always watch this movie with a smile on my face. Expand
  7. JonathanG.
    Aug 2, 2009
    While watching The Fifth Element, Europe

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