(2004)

Critic Reviews

62

Metascore

Based on 24 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
75
Chicago Tribune
When you piece it all together, it becomes mildly fascinating.
75
Compellingly acted and rich in visual ideas, but a bit thin in its psychological approach.
75
ReelViews
5x2 is a little talky and the pace is slow, but, for this kind of motion picture, it's one of the best around.
67
Entertainment Weekly
Feminist sanctimony, it turns out, looks much the same forward and backward.
63
It flirts intriguingly with the unknowable, what it shows us of the knowable isn't terribly interesting.
63
Philadelphia Inquirer
Cool, clinical and not altogether convincing.
63
New York Post
France's François Ozon's 5 x 2, which resembles Ingmar Bergman's "Scenes from a Marriage" told in reverse, could be played for laughs, or suspense -- who killed this marriage? -- or with the rueful irony of Stephen Sondheim's backward musical "Merrily We Roll Along."
63
The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
In 5 x 2, the 2 are terrific; it's the 5 that needs work.
60
A wickedly entertaining bit of domestic tragedy.
50
The film is bleak, not particularly compelling, and the characters are frustrating, the enemies of their own happiness.
50
Ozon's take on this marriage in particular is notable - apart from Freiss and Bruni-Tedeschi's bracing performances - for his unwillingness to let things spiral out of complete control.

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