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Serena (2015)

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Critic 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.

Movie Info

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 saving a man's life in the wilderness. With power and influence now in their hands, the Pembertons refuse to let anyone stand in the way of their inflated love and ambitions. However, once Serena discovers George's hidden past and faces an unchangeable fate of her own, the Pemberton's passionate marriage begins to unravel leading toward a dramatic reckoning. (C) Magnoliamore
Rating: R (for some violence and sexuality)
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Christopher Kyle
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 9, 2015
Box Office: $0.2M
Runtime:
Magnolia Pictures - Official Site

Cast

Jennifer Lawrence
as Serena Pemberton
Bradley Cooper
as George Pemberton
Rhys Ifans
as Galloway
Toby Jones
as Sheriff McDowell
David Dencik
as Buchanan
Ana Ularu
as Rachel
Sean Harris
as Campbell
Sam Reid
as Vaughn
Blake Ritson
as Lowenstein
Ned Dennehy
as Ledbetter
Christian McKay
as Banker in Boston
Michael Ryan
as Coldfield
Mark O'Neal
as Lumberjack
Jim High
as Woodcutter
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Critic Reviews for Serena

All Critics (100) | Top Critics (29)

Absolutely nothing works. No one seems to understand the place or the people. And the only thing gleaned from the lumber industry is that you can build an entire movie from performances made of wood.

Full Review… | April 9, 2015
Grantland
Top Critic

In other words, a lot of people realized they had an epic clunker on their hands.

Full Review… | March 27, 2015
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Given these unpromising circumstances, I was expecting something truly awful, and perhaps that might have been more fun to watch than this lugubrious period piece. The production values and the costumes are the true stars.

Full Review… | March 27, 2015
Christian Science Monitor
Top Critic

The narrative has the choppy quality of a badly bowdlerised book, and the result is not bad so much as boring - and best thought of as a tree, fallen in the forest, that nobody heard.

Full Review… | April 11, 2016
South China Morning Post

When Rhys Ifans doing a Carolina accent is the best thing in your movie, well... Maybe it's time to call the whole thing off.

Full Review… | January 24, 2016
rec.arts.movies.reviews

Well, Serena isn't great, but it's better than the lousy reputation that precedes it.

Full Review… | January 1, 2016
SF Weekly

Audience Reviews for Serena

½

"Serena" is a capsule to expose these actors even more than they should be, as both of them do not belong together in this film. After "Silver Linings Playbook," Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence have been getting typecast, and that is the worst thing to happen to an actor in my opinion. The best way to describe this film is a remake of "Romeo and Juliet" in all of the worst ways possible. Every bit of romantic dialogue shared between them felt forced, as every shocked moment made me roll my eyes rather than be surprised. I felt like someone has taken the script of "Romeo and Juliet" and altered aspects to fit this time period, because many beats are duplicated here. "Serena" is finely shot, but aside from that, every other aspect, from storytelling to to filmmaking, was extremely formulaic. Now that is not always a bad thing, because with formulaic filmmaking, a great film can be made out of a well-written script. That is not the case here, so in the end, "Serena" falls flat in almost every regard. Even though I enjoyed viewing this cast, the film around them just continued to fall apart. Recommendable? Not in the least.

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

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 explores to its best extent the beauty of its locations and two very intense performances from Lawrence and Cooper to make it worth it.

blacksheepboy
Carlos Magalh„es

Super Reviewer

Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence star in the dramatic period film Serena. Set in the 1930s, a businessman and his young bride work together to run a struggling North Carolina logging company. Cooper and Lawrence both give strong performances and have good chemistry together. And the production values are especially good; particularly the score, which does a great job at setting mood and atmosphere. But the plot is pretty thin, and takes a rather dark turn at the end. Yet despite a few weaknesses, Serena is an intriguing character drama.

Dann Michalski
Dann Michalski

Super Reviewer

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