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Reviews: The 5th Wave (2016)

fifth_waveHere are review links for this film submitted by our members:

  • José Arce @ [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: El nicho de mercado de los Jóvenes Adultos se ve vilipendiado otra vez por un Hollywood incapaz de encontrar siquiera una fórmula estándar para mantener unos mínimos de calidad medianamente aceptables. Un tostón que anticipa más tostones inminentes.
  • Kevin Carr @ Fat Guys at the Movies
    • Excerpt: Ultimately, “The 5th Wave” is an unintentionally humorous excuse for dumbed down science fiction filmmaking. It’s painful to watch and as uninteresting as toenail fungus.
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: The 5th Wave represents a trend of movies that care more about their follow-ups than their individual selves.
  • Hugo Gomes @ Cinematograficamente Falando … [Portuguese]
  • Susan Granger @
    • Excerpt: Insipid sci-fi, a dystopian disappointment….
  • Vadym Grygoriev @ [Ukrainian]
  • MaryAnn Johanson @
    • Excerpt: Lazy and trite, with a passive protagonist. It’s as if no one here understands the appeal of the postapocalyptic YA genre it is attempting to piggyback on.
  • Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: The 5th Wave fails to take itself seriously, disregards the audience’s patience level with shoddy film craft, and arrives bearing all signs of a massive turkey. The 6th wave must be induced vomiting to cleanse oneself of any and all traces of The 5th Wave.
  • Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
    • Excerpt: The 5th Wave doesn’t offer too many novel ideas to a generally derivative blueprint, but it is sufficiently entertaining in a mixed-bag sort of way and the dependable Chloë Grace Moretz fireman-carries the proceedings.
  • Benjamin Kramer @ The Voracious Filmgoer
  • [New – 2/25/16] | Dan Lybarger @
    • Excerpt: Although it’s based on Rick Yancey’s young adult novels (two so far, and counting), The 5th Wave feels more as if it were cobbled together from a host of other, better science fiction stories.
  • James Marsh @ South China Morning Post
    • Excerpt: No sooner has The Hunger Games been laid to rest than another dystopian sci-fi franchise is born with this big-screen adaptation of Rick Yancey’s warmly received young-adult page turner. Chloë Grace Moretz plays the reluctant heroine searching for her little brother in the midst of a full-scale alien invasion, while Jurassic World’s Nick Robinson is recruited into a child army of survivors being trained to protect the species.
  • Brent McKnight @ The Last Thing I See
    • Excerpt: The 5th Wave is roughly a third of total meh, a third stuff I legit liked, and a third the funniest shit I’ve ever seen.
  • Frank Ochieng @ SF Crowsnest
    • Excerpt: …drippy and derivative. Sadly, ‘The 5th Wave’ is nothing more than a stillborn alien invasion soap opera that wants to spout off its ‘Hunger Games’-esque copycat coating but fails to delve into anything remotely original or bitingly daring. .
  • Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]
  • Diego Salgado @ Guía del Ocio [Spanish]
  • Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: Plays like a Disney Channel version of ‘Invasion of the Body Snatchers’ or ‘The Invaders,’ the sixties Quinn Martin ABC potboiler inspired by it.
  • Andrew Wyatt @ Stl Mag
    • Excerpt: It swipes imagery and conceits from a plethora of sources but the resulting mush-headed gestalt is hopelessly uninteresting.
Updated: February 25, 2016 — 10:00 pm
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