Serenity (2005)



Critic Consensus: Snappy dialogue and goofy characters make this Wild Wild West soap opera in space fun and adventurous.

Movie Info

A band of renegades on the run in outer space get in more hot water than they anticipated in this sci-fi action-adventure adapted from the television series Firefly. In the 26th century, the galaxy has been colonized by a military force known as the Alliance, but its leadership has not gone unquestioned. The Alliance was once challenged by a league of rebels known as the Independents, but the Alliance emerged victorious after a brutal civil war, with the surviving Independents scattering around … More

Rating: PG-13 (for sequences of intense violence and action, and some sexual references)
Genre: Action & Adventure, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: Joss Whedon
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 20, 2005
Box Office: $25.3M
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Critic Reviews for Serenity

All Critics (179) | Top Critics (39)

Joss Whedon makes a rousing feature-directing debut, exploiting the cult status of his short-lived series Firefly to continue it on the big screen.

Full Review… | June 6, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

The settings and tone are hyper-real, yet the human behaviour is grounded and credible, the moral conflicts complex and involving. Shiny, intelligent fun.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Go out and see Joss Whedon's witty whizbang of an action movie, or we will kill a kitten.

Full Review… | May 12, 2006
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

After suffering through a summer crammed with TV shows being remade into movies, it's refreshing to see a movie based on a TV show that is so entertaining that it actually makes you want to go and see the show of which the movie was created.

Full Review… | August 10, 2012
Lyles' Movie Files

New viewers will be a little bit lost, and old fans won't get quite everything they wanted, but there's enough going on in Serenity and it's all so much fun that it doesn't matter.

Full Review… | March 30, 2011

In the end you are left with the feeling that Whedon works better on television than in the cinema.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Eye for Film

Audience Reviews for Serenity

Simply one of the finest sci fi stories out there. A superb cast brings the series Firefly to the big screen and casts a wonderful spell. Summr Glau is one of the best bad assess of the sci fi world.

John Manard

Super Reviewer

The crew of a spaceship operating on the ragged edge of civilisation are targeted by the ruling Alliance for harbouring a pair of fugitives that have knowledge of a secret that is potentially devastating to their regime. The fans of cult sci-fi western Firefly were aware that Joss Whedon was capable of creating a hugely enjoyable fantasy blockbuster a good while before The Avengers hit our screens. Serenity is the conclusion to the swiftly - and unjustly - cancelled TV show and contains the same formula of likable characters, funny one-liners and space bound action that made it so beloved by the few who actually saw it. The idea of a roguish smuggler going head to head with a charismatic villain to expose the folly of an evil empire is not unlike that of a certain other infamous franchise; in fact Serenity could be considered Han Solo: The Movie and captures the charm of the original Star Wars trilogy far more successfully than its own prequels. Existing in the space between Pirates Of The Caribbean and Minority Report, Serenity makes a perfect conclusion to Whedon's space-bound saga and I encourage anyone who enjoyed The Avengers to seek out copies of both this and the original Firefly series.

xGary Xx

Super Reviewer

Serenity is the work of an auteur. It's hard to call Joss Whedon that since he primarily works in fantasy, horror, and sci-fi (apparently only Godard, Scorsese, and Welles can be considered auteurs), but there hasn't been a space opera film thoughtful, funny, well acted, entertaining, and lively since the original Star Wars. A masterwork for fans of Firefly and great fantasy alike.

Edward Boxler

Super Reviewer

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