Serenity Reviews

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Jeffrey Lyles
Lyles' Movie Files
August 10, 2012
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 | Original Score: 8/10
Joshua Starnes
ComingSoon.net
March 30, 2011
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 | Original Score: 7/10
Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com
September 23, 2007
For what it is -- viewed as filmmaking in and of itself -- Serenity is tense and smoothly put together.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
July 10, 2007
A magnificent closer to the series, and Whedon shows how much love he has for his fans by giving us a quality finisher...
Top Critic
Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
June 6, 2007
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.
Todd Hertz
Christianity Today
August 31, 2006
Firefly finally has the triumphant finale fans longed for: the excitingly tense, often surprising and even more frequently comical Serenity. Fans will rejoice.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Nick Funnell
Time Out
June 24, 2006
The settings and tone are hyper-real, yet the human behaviour is grounded and credible, the moral conflicts complex and involving. Shiny, intelligent fun.
Steve Schneider
Orlando Weekly
May 27, 2006
In the context of an action cinema driven by false hope, misogyny and sadism, Serenity is an inspiring respite.
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
May 12, 2006
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
Ken Tucker
New York Magazine/Vulture
May 12, 2006
Go out and see Joss Whedon's witty whizbang of an action movie, or we will kill a kitten.
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
May 5, 2006
Has a simultaneously sprawling yet intimate quality.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Olly Richards
Empire Magazine
April 1, 2006
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Greg Bellavia
Film Threat
December 6, 2005
It has everything the TV series possessed, but also manages to elevate the tension to the next level.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Kamal 'The Diva' Larsuel
3BlackChicks Review
December 6, 2005
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.
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
November 17, 2005
A sci-fi/western blend that does its progenitor proud.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Mike Sage
Peterborough This Week
November 16, 2005
Serenity pulls off more honestly thrilling action with a fraction of Lucas' average budget.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
November 9, 2005
"Serenity now!"
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Randy Shulman
Metro Weekly (Washington, DC)
October 20, 2005
The movie's space battle...have a swiftness, an electricity and, most importantly, a clarity lacking in the works of other so-called sci-fi masters.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
October 20, 2005
Serenity isn't exactly what you'd call sci-fi based on ideas, but it is a delightful, infectious blend of pulp Westerns, Star Trek, Star Wars and even samurai films.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
October 18, 2005
A science fiction movie for adults.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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