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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: 32 out of 37
  2. Negative: 3 out of 37
  1. 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
  2. Apr 21, 2012
    What can I say? This movie is epic for its time and is underacted.
  3. CarleyN.
    Nov 7, 2005
    Absoloubtley fantastic film! It's got all your favorite actors/actress rolled into one!
  4. ALF
    Apr 3, 2011
    Bravo to Kevin Thomas. This film is great fun and what is even better was it was made so that no sequels would follow at a time when sequels seemed to be rolling off the shelf. Gary Oldman, Bruce Willis, Milla Jovovich all clearly enjoyed working with Luc Besson along with Chris Rock who has to be commended for wearing those, umm outfits and hairstyles which alone were worth laughs. This is two hours of fun which is not to be taken seriously and is clearly meant to be family fun. Perhaps the other film critics who felt the need to moan at this creative fun should take their brain out of the fridge or maybe actually stop being tight and go and see the film they have written about. This is unlikely as that would actually mean film critics earning their salary! Expand
  5. Oct 9, 2014
    This 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. Nov 30, 2013
    It has a bright color to the real world grayscale. It also has a funny part to it and has incredible acting, with great action scenes. Overall, I would just love to see this movie again. The ending is even better than the beginning. Expand
  7. JonathanG.
    Aug 2, 2009
    While watching The Fifth Element, Europe

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