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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)
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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
    50
    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. As a yammering, swishy talk show host, Chris Tucker is flat-out incomprehensible, while Mr. Oldman preens evilly enough to leave tooth marks on the scenery.
  6. 50
    But for all the fancy-schmancy effects (budget: $90 million-plus), the vision of a hypercongested metropolis is not much more sophisticated than an episode of "The Jetsons." [9 May 1997]
  7. Reviewed by: Scott Rosenberg
    10
    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: 32 out of 37
  2. Negative: 3 out of 37
  1. Nov 6, 2010
    10
    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 recentlyI 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
  2. ShaneH.
    Sep 2, 2006
    10
    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 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
  3. CarleyN.
    Nov 7, 2005
    10
    Absoloubtley fantastic film! It's got all your favorite actors/actress rolled into one!
  4. Dec 23, 2012
    10
    One of the best movies and seen in my life.
  5. Oct 9, 2014
    9
    This movie was cast perfectly and could be Bruce Willis' best film and even Milla Jovovichs' and Chris Tucker's. The plot was quick workingThis movie was cast perfectly and could be Bruce Willis' best film and even Milla Jovovichs' and Chris Tucker's. The plot was quick working but solid. It didn't try to be something it wasn't. It's a movie about saving the world and it owned that. A sphere of pure power and evil is coming to destroy earth and only the four elements, earth, wind, fire, and water, (powers confined in sacred stones) combined with the fifth element or supreme being can stop it. The back story to the plot and the overall delivery this movie has stands as one of the most unique views on the future I've ever seen. No one will be able to do it like this one. There was a quirkiness that every single character had and it all fit into the mold perfectly. Gary Oldman sharp as always. A good balance between action and humor without losing the emotional and dramatic tone. Solid movie. It didn't get a 10 because I felt like the love interest between Korbin and Leeloo was lacking in development and since that plays such a major role, I felt that could have been focused on a little closer, maybe an extra scene or two of them bonding and what not...but an all-time favorite for me and worth a watch. Expand
  6. Feb 17, 2013
    9
    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 aThis 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
    0
    While watching The Fifth Element, Europe

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