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
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Critic Score: 29% 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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David Stratton
The Australian

It emerges as a study in obsession that rarely engages our interest. It seems to have been a massive miscalculation, though it's worth seeing for Lawrence's confident performance as a bottle-blonde harpy, if for nothing else.

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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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Prairie Miller
Critical Women

A Southern Gothic wilderness weepie with proletarian occult leanings, a masculinzed femme fatale selfie, workingclass wallpaper, and weirdly anachronistic back to future ecological activism. While filming in a Czech forest, to access cheap nonunion labor.

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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

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

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Katherine Monk

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

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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