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In Theaters March 27, 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, 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
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 35%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"We don't invest anything in either character, and with barely any tension, 'Serena' grabs neither head nor heart."
‑ Cath Clarke, Time Out
"Bier's Danish-language work, usually structurally and emotionally cohesive to a fault, has rarely been this compellingly untidy."
‑ Guy Lodge, Variety
"Susanne Bier has delivered a sumptuous costume drama fronted by two talented leads who gamely throw themselves head first into a delightfully preposterous plot."
‑ Andy Lea, Daily Star
"There are enough flashes of the film it might have been to make it worth watching."
‑ Emma Simmonds, Radio Times
"This is a dark and primal story about love, jealousy and greed. Its problem is that the Oscar-winning director Susanne Bier doesn't know what to do with her two incongruously glamorous stars."
‑ Geoffrey Macnab, Independent
"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
"How could reteaming Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper go wrong? In a word - Serena."
‑ Steve Newall, Flicks.co.nz
"Lawrence plays her role like a virtuoso violinist; sweeping, soaring and cracking with elegiac grace."
‑ Mark Kermode, Observer [UK]
"Though she doesn't sparkle much in the X-Men films, this is Lawrence's first genuinely poor performance. Not to worry. Nobody is likely to see the thing."
‑ Donald Clarke, Irish Times
"This logging drama is as turgid as the mud that surrounds the forest camp in 1930s North Carolina, despite the fragrant presence of Lawrence as the newlywed Serena in swell silk gowns and jodhpurs."
‑ Kate Muir, Times [UK]
"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
"Log off."
‑ Siobhan Synnot, Scotsman
"Something appears to have gone badly wrong with Suzanne Bier's adaptation of Ron Rash's acclaimed novel of love and corruption in the South Carolina of the late 1920s."
‑ George Byrne, Irish Independent
"Serena is an undoubtedly handsome production with some beautiful cinematography from Morten Soborg."
‑ Allan Hunter, Daily Express
"A very average misfire."
‑ David Jenkins, Little White Lies
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