Serena (2015)

The North Carolina mountains at the end of the 1920s - George and Serena Pemberton, love-struck newly-weds, begin to build a timber empire. Serena soon proves herself to be equal to any man: overseeing loggers, hunting rattle-snakes, even… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: March 27, 2015
DVD Release Date: June 9, 2015
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Critic Score: 17% 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.

Wesley Morris

Absolutely nothing works. No one seems to understand the place or the people. And the only thing gleaned from the lumber industry is that you can build an entire movie from performances made of wood.

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Manohla Dargis
New York Times

The actors don't just look uncomfortable in their period duds, they also look uneasy in their own skins, which is a feat for two such natural, physically confident screen performers.

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Matt Glasby
South China Morning Post

The narrative has the choppy quality of a badly bowdlerised book, and the result is not bad so much as boring - and best thought of as a tree, fallen in the forest, that nobody heard.

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Richard Roeper
Chicago Sun-Times

In other words, a lot of people realized they had an epic clunker on their hands.

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Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times

The performers are as beautiful to look at here as they are intriguing to watch.

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David N. Butterworth

When Rhys Ifans doing a Carolina accent is the best thing in your movie, well... Maybe it's time to call the whole thing off.

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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

Given these unpromising circumstances, I was expecting something truly awful, and perhaps that might have been more fun to watch than this lugubrious period piece. The production values and the costumes are the true stars.

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Ty Burr
Boston Globe

It's reassuring, really, to be reminded that top-tier Hollywood stars can make lousy choices just like the rest of us.

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Jonathan Kiefer
SF Weekly

Well, Serena isn't great, but it's better than the lousy reputation that precedes it.

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Flixster Audience Score: 24% Flixster User Reviews
KJ Proulx
"Serena" is a capsule to expose these actors even more than they should be, as both of them do not belong together in this film. After "Silver… More
Philip Price
When thinking about what to write about a film I typically latch onto a main idea that comes to mind as I watch the movie. With something like Serena though it… More
Carlos Magalhćes
The plot is predictable and doesn't really come together as a whole, but the film has a handsome production design, a wonderful cinematography that… More
Marcus Woolcott
...just meanders aimlessly along.
Dann Michalski
Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence star in the dramatic period film Serena. Set in the 1930s, a businessman and his young bride work together to run a… More
Ian Walker
An engaging story with good performances from the main actors keeps you watching until the end, even if the story is a little dry.