Serena
Serena (2015)

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,… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: March 27, 2015
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Critic Score: 31% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Serena unites an impressive array of talent on either side of the cameras -- then leaves viewers to wonder how it all went so wrong.

Geoff Pevere
Globe and Mail

One of those movies that proves that the mere presence of all the right ingredients does not a happy meal make. It's all in the mixing.

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Stephen Dalton
Hollywood Reporter

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.

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Katherine Monk
Canada.com

By the end, we barely like anyone in this smoky landscape, let alone care about what happens to them.

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Peter Howell
Toronto Star

A Depression-era potboiler starring Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence that never manages to get past the feeling of a calculated Hollywood reunion.

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Charlie Lyne
New York Magazine/Vulture

This is a film full of unremarkable compromises - the kind that result in a bland film rather than a bad one.

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Chris Knight
National Post

The cinematic equivalent of a trashy airport novel.

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Cath Clarke
Time Out

We don't invest anything in either character, and with barely any tension, 'Serena' grabs neither head nor heart.

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Guy Lodge
Variety

Bier's Danish-language work, usually structurally and emotionally cohesive to a fault, has rarely been this compellingly untidy.

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Eddie Cockrell
sbs.com.au

Some novels just shouldn't be adapted for film. Nobody sets out to make a bad movie. These two truisms come to mind in the wake of Serena.

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