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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.

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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) Magnolia

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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 (102) | Top Critics (31)

It's an odd misfire from two actors at the peak of their game, but a misfire nonetheless.

November 10, 2015 | Full Review…

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.

April 9, 2015 | Full Review…

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

March 27, 2015 | Rating: 1.0

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.

March 27, 2015 | Rating: C | Full Review…

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.

March 27, 2015 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

The actors don't just look uncomfortable in their period duds, they also look uneasy in their own skins, which is a feat for two such natural, physically confident screen performers.

March 26, 2015 | Full Review…

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.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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

½

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.

Stephen Skudlarek
Stephen Skudlarek

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