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: June 9, 2015
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Critic Score: 18% 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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Robert Horton
Seattle Weekly

Serena is simply a one-off botch.

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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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Alison Willmore

It's an odd misfire from two actors at the peak of their game, but a misfire nonetheless.

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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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Nick Schager
The Daily Beast

Considering how well Cooper and Lawrence meshed in Silver Linings Playbook, Serena's inert central dynamic underlines the fact that chemistry is as much a byproduct of directorial stewardship as it is of actors' natural chemistry.

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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
Marcus Woolcott
...just meanders aimlessly along.
Carlos Magalh„es
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
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