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Adapted from the novel by Ron Rash, director Susanne Bier's romantic period drama Serena details the deteriorating relationship between North Carolina timber magnate Pemberton (Bradley Cooper) and his fiercely independent, entrepreneurial-minded wife Serena (Jennifer Lawrence) following a devastating miscarriage. A woman who isn't afraid to speak her mind and relishes the opportunity for manual labor in the forest, the enigmatic Serena subsequently grows intensely jealous of the woman who previously bore her husband a son, and quickly begins to unravel over suspicions that Pemberton is… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 43%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Serena only has one key flaw: it is difficult to believe a single word of it, still less to care about these relentlessly selfish and short-sighted characters."
‑ Stephen Dalton, Hollywood Reporter
"Considering the two leading roles belong to a pair of actors who share such an inherent, palpable chemistry, it's not something we truly get a sense for this in this particular endeavour."
‑ Stefan Pape, HeyUGuys
"Bier is digging hard for something deep and yet, at the point when you should be reaching for the hankie, it's only because of so much sweaty desperation."
‑ Stella Papamichael, Digital Spy
"This is a film full of unremarkable compromises - the kind that result in a bland film rather than a bad one."
‑ Charlie Lyne, New York Magazine/Vulture
"The film is rather watchable, defined by impressive performances, striking production design and lustrous cinematography."
‑ Mark Adams, Screen International
"Bier's Danish-language work, usually structurally and emotionally cohesive to a fault, has rarely been this compellingly untidy."
‑ Guy Lodge, Variety
""Serena" isn't bad enough to be some kind of potential cult classic: it's tedious, with even the stranger moments and plot developments failing to raise the pulse."
‑ Oliver Lyttelton, The Playlist
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