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57

Mixed or average reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 18
  2. Negative: 2 out of 18
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  1. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Jun 20, 2012
    88
    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: Lou Lumenick
    Jun 15, 2012
    38
    A sluggish and murky sub-Polanski-esque psychodrama.
  3. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Jun 14, 2012
    75
    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.
  4. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Jun 14, 2012
    40
    Hawke works hard to solidify Pawlikowski's wispy ideas (which are adapted from Douglas Kennedy's novel).
  5. Reviewed by: Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Jun 13, 2012
    67
    Heavy on mood and murk.
  6. Reviewed by: Scott Tobias
    Jun 13, 2012
    50
    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: Manohla Dargis
    Jun 14, 2012
    70
    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.
  8. Reviewed by: Stephanie Zacharek
    Jun 16, 2012
    60
    I was with the movie every step of the way, right until the final credits began rolling – at which point I realized that the whole thing made no sense whatsoever, and that none of my nagging questions about what the hell was going on would ever be answered. There's a distinction to be made between being a dupe and being had.
  9. Reviewed by: Ann Hornaday
    Jun 14, 2012
    38
    It's a curio, ripe with dreamy atmospherics and intriguing mysteries, but little else.
  10. Reviewed by: Rick Groen
    Jun 14, 2012
    63
    The Woman in the Fifth is an interesting chameleon until it runs out of disguises, and all that was transitory just looks transparent.
  11. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    Jun 14, 2012
    70
    Accepting Pawlikowski's mood of poetic seriousness may be a chore for some. Others will find this creepy little sonata a dream or nightmare worth succumbing to, and believing in.
  12. Reviewed by: Michael Atkinson
    Jun 13, 2012
    60
    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.
  13. Reviewed by: Keith Uhlich
    Jun 13, 2012
    40
    Irritated, you realize you've been watching an object that's all surface, no soul.
  14. Reviewed by: Peter Bradshaw
    Jun 13, 2012
    60
    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.
  15. Reviewed by: Tom Dawson
    Jun 13, 2012
    60
    Contrived attempts to 'explain' the film's many mysteries ultimately disappoint.
  16. Reviewed by: Ben Sachs
    Jun 21, 2012
    80
    Unlike most literary adaptations this one actually conveys the pleasure of fiction, lingering suggestively on small details of character and place. The movie casts such a seductive air of mystery that the resolution feels anticlimactic, yet there's plenty to enjoy along the way.
  17. Reviewed by: Chris Cabin
    Jun 13, 2012
    75
    Pawlikowski has crafted a film that throbs with substantial personal weight and bristles with a violent, haunting interior life.
  18. Reviewed by: Liz Beardsworth
    Jun 13, 2012
    60
    An ambitious thriller from Pawlikowski assisted by excellent performances from Hawke, Kulig and Scott Thomas.

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