Reviews

Oct 9, 2021
Attempts but does not succeed.
Feb 2, 2021
In the big picture Serena isn't an all out disaster, but because of the above-the-title talent involved it is a major disappointment.
May 31, 2019
Serena packs in as many shock-jolt moments as the average horror movie, though these have above average impact.
Dec 25, 2018
Lawrence and Cooper deserved better.
Dec 11, 2018
Director Susanne Bier's fans will be especially disappointed by the story's lack of focus and abrupt character development, flaws absent in her far superior films like After The Wedding, and In A Better World.
Nov 2, 2018
To describe this movie as unwatchable is generous. Neither Cooper nor Lawrence seem at ease with the painfully stilted and shapeless characters they portray.
Aug 21, 2018
What happens when love turns to hate could sum up Serena. It's a sweeping love story set in depression stricken America that fails to sweep the viewer in.
Feb 19, 2018
This is a film that is epically ridiculous -- unbelievable in every way, simply impossible to act even for Lawrence, who struggles with the preposterous gear changes through hooker-grade make-up.
Sep 7, 2017
Uneven pacing makes Serena a struggle.
Aug 2, 2017
As a film, [Serena] translates into a melodrama that makes little sense and fewer friends.
Oct 5, 2016
Serena is pompous, stiff, drab and dreary, and the fizzing chemistry between Cooper and Lawrence that David O Russell so brilliantly captured is curiously absent here.
Apr 11, 2016
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.
Jan 24, 2016
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.
Jan 1, 2016
Well, Serena isn't great, but it's better than the lousy reputation that precedes it.
Nov 12, 2015
Serena is simply a one-off botch.
Nov 10, 2015
It's an odd misfire from two actors at the peak of their game, but a misfire nonetheless.
Nov 9, 2015
Considering how well Cooper and Lawrence meshed in Silver Linings Playbook, Serena's inert central dynamic underlines the fact that chemistry is as much a byproduct of directorial stewardship as it is of actors' natural chemistry.
May 1, 2015
Serena reaches its risible zenith when George confronts a Carolina panther. No, it's not Cam Newton, but such an illogical cameo wouldn't have made the movie any more of a mess.
Apr 28, 2015
Would be a slog no matter who the actors are.