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  • Summary: Struggling American writer Tom Ricks travels to Paris to be reunited with his estranged wife and daughter but soon finds himself embroiled in the city's seedy underside and seduced by a mysterious woman who may not be everything she appears to be...(Film4)
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  1. Positive: 8 out of 18
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  1. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Jun 20, 2012
    Tom has enlisted our identification and sympathy, but he seems hopelessly isolated within his own bubble of despair. How much that happens is in his mind?
  2. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Jun 14, 2012
    This movie is not recommended for people who need to know what's going on. The Woman in the Fifth, an English and French language film from the Polish director Pawel Pawlikowski, is watchable and enjoyable, but it's fairly impenetrable, and it gets more peculiar as it goes along.
  3. Reviewed by: Manohla Dargis
    Jun 14, 2012
    Although Mr. Pawlikowski often shows Mr. Hawke in medium and long shots, the actor draws you close. There's anguish in Tom's face that speaks of a terrible fragility and that leavens the story's mysterioso proceedings with a real, recognizable humanity.
  4. Reviewed by: Peter Bradshaw
    Jun 13, 2012
    This film has to be indulged a little, and you'll have to negotiate the stumbling block that is Hawke's stodgy, dodgy French accent.
  5. Reviewed by: Michael Atkinson
    Jun 13, 2012
    You're not sure what this is till it's over, but certainly Hawke's performance is his nerviest and most sincere in a decade.
  6. Reviewed by: Scott Tobias
    Jun 13, 2012
    In spite of his considerable intelligence and cinematic gifts, Pawlikowski isn't Roman Polanski, so the delusions and psychosis of his put-upon lead character doesn't have the right intensity. Fifth feels like a literary bauble, chipped by imperfections.
  7. Reviewed by: Ann Hornaday
    Jun 14, 2012
    It's a curio, ripe with dreamy atmospherics and intriguing mysteries, but little else.

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