Owen Gleiberman - Entertainment Weekly
Dean Essner - Entertainment Weekly
Mr. Besson directs with ceaseless flamboyance and with an obvious enthusiasm for his film's comic book conceits. But the tone of The Fifth Element is often terribly shrill, especially when attention shifts to grating minor characters.
Janet Maslin - New York Times
An overblown cosmic comic book.
Susan Wloszczyna - USA Today
One of the great goofy movies -- a film so preposterous I wasn't surprised to discover it was written by a teenage boy.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
A hodgepodge of elements that don't comfortably coalesce.
Todd McCarthy - Variety
Dean Essner - Globe and Mail
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.
Scott Rosenberg - Salon.com
A lot of money was spent on this film, but $100 million doesn't guarantee a good product. Maybe someone should have thought of spending a few more dollars on a better script.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
There's no doubt about it, when it comes to saving the world, Bruce Willis is your man. He does it with smarts and style, humor and courage.
Kevin Thomas - Los Angeles Times
Loud, long, and overwhelming...
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
Stylish and very violent sci-fi action flick.
Carly Kocurek - Common Sense Media
Pure eye-candy and a rollicking good-time.
Scott Nash - Three Movie Buffs
It's a triumph of form over content, but it's a stunning triumph.
Rob Gonsalves - eFilmCritic.com
I knew where it was going at all times, but the ride was excellent.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
Besson's futuristic fable is flawed by a messy narrative which strains to incorporate far too many grotesque and eccentric characters.
Geoff Andrew - Time Out
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).
Jimmy Chertkow - Film Threat
Besson has done a solid, if not outstanding, job in bringing his story, written as a teenager, to the big screen.
Robin Clifford - Reeling Reviews
A motion picture with the body of a mainstream blockbuster but the spirit of a trendy cult flick.
Matt Brunson - Creative Loafing
Ed Colley - Future Movies UK
The special effects provided Besson with the tools to provide the movie with the spectacular images, displaying the eagerness of a child in a candy store.
Dragan Antulov - rec.arts.movies.reviews
Dennis Schwartz - Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Everything from the visual effects to the costume design seems to shout out like a precocious child: "Look at me!"
Brian Mckay - eFilmCritic.com
The best-looking science fiction movie to come out in years, with fabulous sets, costumes and special effects, but its plot doesn't quite measure up to its appearance.
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
Garth Franklin - Dark Horizons
Fifth Element doesn't reach the level of great sci-fi to which it clearly aspires because it has too many characters doing too many things for too few reasons. Still, it's a lot of fun.
Margaret A. McGurk - Cincinnati Enquirer
don't mind the one-dimensional characters and the sci-fi nonsense, but I really could have done without the unfunny, very French humor.
Kevin N. Laforest - Montreal Film Journal
Slam-dunk sci-fi extravaganza.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat - Spirituality and Practice
The Fifth Element has to be the most creative visualization since Tim Burton's first Batman in 1989. On top of that, it's a whole lot of fun.
Mick LaSalle - San Francisco Chronicle
The film's most basic conceit -- that there is an anti-life that, despite its nature, can have a desire and can operate physically in this universe, using its elements -- is not only never explained, it can't be.
Kim Williamson - Boxoffice Magazine
The pace is perfect, the combination of international casting superb and the cinematography sublime.
Leslie Rigoulot - Film Scouts
Boring and idiotic
Christopher Null - Filmcritic.com
(In Sony's new Superbit DVD format) picture and sound unite to create a unique three-dimensional fantasy world.
John J. Puccio - DVDTown.com
John J. Puccio - Movie Metropolis
Bruce Willis is good in an average role, Milla Jovovich is acceptable in a terrible role, but as ever Gary Oldman is terrific in how he seems to find just the right note for the film and threatens to take it over.
William Gallagher - BBC
What an exhilarating, visual feast is Luc Besson's The Fifth Element. And what a mess.
James Kendrick - Q Network Film Desk
The world that director Luc Besson has created is original and breathtaking. In fact, it is almost worth the admission for the eye-candy alone.
Madeleine Williams - Cinematter
Rarely does a filmmaker's original vision come to the screen in all its audacious, undiluted glory.
Michael Dequina - TheMovieReport.com
I hate to suggest that viewers should check their brains at the door to enjoy a movie, but I'm afraid that sentiment serves both as a warning and a recommendation where The Fifth Element is concerned.
Bryant Frazer - Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus
Dean Essner - Empire Magazine
For the most part, it's a nice goofy E-Ticket ride.
Widgett Walls - Needcoffee.com
Director Besson keeps the action moving fast enough to satisfy any action movie junkie.
James O'Ehley - Sci-Fi Movie Page
A highly involving and mesmerizing film.
Steve Rhodes - Internet Reviews
These kinds of attitude are really getting old. If you're gonna be a pig, at least be original about it.
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
Willis shines in these roles, as the unlikely hero, who saves the day, or as in this case, saves the world.
Urban Cinefile Critics - Urban Cinefile
His enthusiasm for this project is so pervasive that you can't help share his sense of enjoyment
Shane Burridge - rec.arts.movies.reviews
Besson surrounds his colorful characters and eccentric myths with a world of incredibly detailed richness. He fills every inch of every frame with imagination.
Jack Garner - Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
Mark R. Leeper - rec.arts.movies.reviews
An eye-popping, exciting, comic bookish, sensory overload experience.
Rob Blackwelder - SPLICEDWire
Things happen for the sake of a momentary laugh or gasp rather than for the creation of the film's internal universe. It's not a specific future; it's The Future, impressive but generic.
Scott Renshaw - rec.arts.movies.reviews
The Fifth Element actually feels like it was scripted by a daydreaming teenager, but in a good way; that is to say, there's a certain "gosh, wow" sense of wonder to the whole thing that echoes the completely unique universes of George Lucas and company.
Marc Savlov - Austin Chronicle
While the logic of the storyline leaves a lot to be desired, The Fifth Element satisfies as sheer spectacle.
David N. Butterworth - rec.arts.movies.reviews
Liz Braun - Jam! Movies
Don't read the rest of this review until after you've seen the film and don't let your friends tell you about the movie. Just go and enjoy the most spectacular piece of mindless eye candy to come along in years.
Edward Johnson-Ott - NUVO Newsweekly
After doing much to reduce French cinema to a second-rate clone of bad Hollywood, Besson is seeking to expand to America.
Peter Keough - Boston Phoenix
The film just takes off from the first slow frame and by the end, you're going "Wow!"
Ted Prigge - rec.arts.movies.reviews
It sounds like a big confused jumble, but actually it has its own internal consistency and look. It is almost immediately engaging and engrossing.
Marty Mapes - Movie Habit
This is a prodigious something. It's just difficult to say whether that something is good or evil.
Barbara Shulgasser - San Francisco Examiner
Leonard Schwarz - Palo Alto Weekly