Serena Reviews

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November 10, 2015
It's an odd misfire from two actors at the peak of their game, but a misfire nonetheless.
April 9, 2015
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.
March 27, 2015
In other words, a lot of people realized they had an epic clunker on their hands.
March 27, 2015
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
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 26, 2015
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.
May 31, 2019
Serena packs in as many shock-jolt moments as the average horror movie, though these have above average impact.
December 25, 2018
Lawrence and Cooper deserved better.
December 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.
November 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.
August 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.
February 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.
September 7, 2017
Uneven pacing makes Serena a struggle.
August 2, 2017
As a film, [Serena] translates into a melodrama that makes little sense and fewer friends.
October 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.
April 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.
January 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.
January 1, 2016
Well, Serena isn't great, but it's better than the lousy reputation that precedes it.
November 12, 2015
Serena is simply a one-off botch.
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