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Serenity (2005)



Average Rating: 7.1/10
Reviews Counted: 179
Fresh: 147 | Rotten: 32

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


Average Rating: 7/10
Critic Reviews: 37
Fresh: 31 | Rotten: 6

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



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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


Action & Adventure, Science Fiction & Fantasy

Joss Whedon

Dec 20, 2005


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All Critics (179) | Top Critics (37) | Fresh (147) | Rotten (32) | DVD (48)

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.

June 6, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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The settings and tone are hyper-real, yet the human behaviour is grounded and credible, the moral conflicts complex and involving. Shiny, intelligent fun.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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Go out and see Joss Whedon's witty whizbang of an action movie, or we will kill a kitten.

May 12, 2006 Full Review Source: New York Magazine
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It has a great sense of humor about it, an attractive cast and it's just a lot of fun.

October 3, 2005 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper
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Serenity isn't about effects. It's about narrative and characters, and it does a solid job in both areas.

October 1, 2005 Full Review Source: ReelViews
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Half a millennium after Neil Armstrong's one small step for mankind and we're back in the saddle again.

September 30, 2005 Full Review Source: Washington Post | Comments (4)
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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.

August 10, 2012 Full Review Source: Lyles' Movie Files
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.

March 30, 2011 Full Review Source:

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

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Eye for Film | Comments (13)
Eye for Film

Hardcore fans will undoubtedly be satisfied but its unlikely this will spread much beyond that audience, and even they will find it lacks that human spark and freshness that made the series distinctive and appealing.

January 15, 2008 Full Review Source: Dark Horizons | Comments (8)
Dark Horizons

For what it is -- viewed as filmmaking in and of itself -- Serenity is tense and smoothly put together.

September 23, 2007 Full Review Source:

A magnificent closer to the series, and Whedon shows how much love he has for his fans by giving us a quality finisher...

July 10, 2007 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

Firefly finally has the triumphant finale fans longed for: the excitingly tense, often surprising and even more frequently comical Serenity. Fans will rejoice.

August 31, 2006
Christianity Today

In the context of an action cinema driven by false hope, misogyny and sadism, Serenity is an inspiring respite.

May 27, 2006 Full Review Source: Orlando Weekly
Orlando Weekly

The movie is a sci-fi buccaneer swashbuckler; Whedon hits all the obligatory space-opera notes, and he does it with a degree of verbal wit and agile pacing that could teach George Lucas a thing or two.

May 12, 2006 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

Has a simultaneously sprawling yet intimate quality.

May 5, 2006 Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness
Lessons of Darkness

If you're a novice, this is a plucky introduction to Whedon's world and the most fun sci-fi of the year. If you're a devotee, this is the magnificent return you've been praying for.

April 1, 2006 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

I personally didn't care when anyone died, I was bored for most of the way, wasn't impressed by its few action scenes.

December 16, 2005 Full Review Source: JoBlo's Movie Emporium | Comments (11)
JoBlo's Movie Emporium

It has everything the TV series possessed, but also manages to elevate the tension to the next level.

December 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

Any fan of Sci-Fi should enjoy this one. It's a bit too gory for the little people,but older kids and the parents, should have a blast.

December 6, 2005 Full Review Source: 3BlackChicks Review
3BlackChicks Review

A sci-fi/western blend that does its progenitor proud.

November 17, 2005 Full Review Source: Cinema Sight
Cinema Sight

Serenity pulls off more honestly thrilling action with a fraction of Lucas' average budget.

November 16, 2005 Full Review

Those familiar with the series will be quite pleased that there were some interesting ideas behind the fun adventures. It was a pleasure to see what was really happening and also to return to the characters of the series. But objectively I cannot recommen

November 11, 2005 Full Review | Comments (2)

Audience Reviews for Serenity

Just as good as the television show that preceded it, "Serenity" grasps all the characters you know and love from "Firefly" and gives them all one last time to shine, and boy is it fun! This film offers some awesome action sequences, that obviously would not have been possible on the small-budgeted television show, and the dialogue is just as snappy as ever, while always taking itself serially when it needs to, which is why Joss Whedon is such a good writer. It may not be the best sci-fi flick out there, but it sure as hell is one of the most fun, and the visuals are fun to look at too, because they do the best with what they have. "Serenity" is great entertainment at it's finest, but just look at who is at the helm. Great way to end the series!
December 31, 2013
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

Having enjoyed the space cowboy bravado of the prematurely cancelled "Firefly" television series, I went into "Serenity" with low expectations, figuring that the movie capper would answer some questions but leave more unanswered. I wasn't wrong though it was still nice to get reacquainted.

The addition of quietly dangerous Chiwetel Ejiofor as an Alliance Operative provides a menacing new story arc. River's programmed badassery is brought to fruition but still mindfucky, and a couple characters receive heartbreaking yet honorable discharges. Jewel Staite as the plucky Kaylee and Adam Baldwin as the mercenary Jayne seem the weak links in this reunion - somewhat phoning in their once naive and sociopathic charm, respectively.
May 20, 2013

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.
April 16, 2013
xGary Xx

Super Reviewer

    1. Capt. Malcolm "Mal" Reynolds: I mean to confound these bungers.
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    1. Capt. Malcolm "Mal" Reynolds: I aim to misbehave...
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    1. Capt. Malcolm "Mal" Reynolds: I'll take the shuttle in closer. Zoe, ship is yours. Remember, if anything happens to me, or you don't hear from me within the hour, you take this ship and you come and you rescue me.
    2. Zoe: What? And risk my ship?
    3. Capt. Malcolm "Mal" Reynolds: I mean it. It's cold out there. I don't wanna get left.
    – Submitted by Miguel V (13 months ago)
    1. Capt. Malcolm "Mal" Reynolds: What in the hell happened back there?
    2. Wash: Start with the part where Jayne gets knocked out by a 90-pound girl because I don't think that's ever getting old.
    – Submitted by Miguel V (13 months ago)
    1. Capt. Malcolm "Mal" Reynolds: Dear Buddha, please bring me a pony and a plastic rocket.
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    1. Capt. Malcolm "Mal" Reynolds: Do you want to run this ship?
    2. Jayne: Yes!
    3. Capt. Malcolm "Mal" Reynolds: Well, you can't.
    – Submitted by Miguel V (13 months ago)
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