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.
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Critic Reviews for Serena
It's an odd misfire from two actors at the peak of their game, but a misfire nonetheless.
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.
In other words, a lot of people realized they had an epic clunker on their hands.
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.
A flat-out disaster, the kind of film that its cast and crew hope gets buried as quickly as possible as they race to move on to other projects.
Audience Reviews for Serena
The plot is predictable and doesn't really come together as a whole, but the film has a handsome production design, a beautiful cinematography that explores to its best extent the beauty of its locations and two very intense performances by Lawrence and Cooper to make it worth it.
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.
Disappointing. The first half of this film was actually pretty good, but the last maybe 40 minutes or so really drops off in quality. The one good thing I can say about this film is that Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence are great here, but that's to be expected.
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