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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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Score distribution:
  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. Chicago Tribune
    Reviewed by: Michael Wilmington
    75
    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. 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. USA Today
    Reviewed by: Susan Wloszczyna
    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. 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: 34 out of 42
  2. Negative: 4 out of 42
  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. May 3, 2011
    10
    One word: OMG! Wacky aliens, an awesome looking New York City, Bruce Willis and Gary Oldman in one of his strangest performances to date.One word: OMG! Wacky aliens, an awesome looking New York City, Bruce Willis and Gary Oldman in one of his strangest performances to date. Also, Milla Jovovich as Leeloo; *wolf whistle*. Also it has great lines, some of which I quote on a daily basis (MULTI-PASS, chicken GOOD!). One of my favorite movies EVER!!!!!! Expand
  3. tanjak
    Oct 26, 2005
    10
    Mila jovovic je fantasticna Brus Vilis savrsen a muzika ..... inspirativno i neponovljivo izvodjenje Lu?ije di lamermur.
  4. Apr 21, 2012
    10
    What can I say? This movie is epic for its time and is underacted.
  5. Sep 17, 2012
    9
    Surprisingly, I really enjoyed this movie. Chris Tucker was hilarious, the action was impressive, and the plot was very original. The FifthSurprisingly, I really enjoyed this movie. Chris Tucker was hilarious, the action was impressive, and the plot was very original. The Fifth Element is a classic. Expand
  6. Jan 29, 2011
    8
    This film is a hodgepodge of so many things, all very stylized without being too intense in any one area. It is campy, but that is half theThis film is a hodgepodge of so many things, all very stylized without being too intense in any one area. It is campy, but that is half the fun. It has so much color and omph that you can watch it over and over. So go and enjoy this sci-fi romp! Expand
  7. JonathanG.
    Aug 2, 2009
    0
    While watching The Fifth Element, Europe

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