Serena Reviews

May 31, 2019
Serena packs in as many shock-jolt moments as the average horror movie, though these have above average impact.
January 1, 2016
Well, Serena isn't great, but it's better than the lousy reputation that precedes it.
March 27, 2015
This is a winner, an atmospheric thriller with terrific performances and outstanding production values.
March 26, 2015
The performers are as beautiful to look at here as they are intriguing to watch.
March 26, 2015
Funny how there are fans of Jennifer Lawrence who will never see her in "Serena." It's not her best film, but it contains one of her best performances, in a role that challenges her more than any other.
March 26, 2015
Lawrence is the hottest actress in Hollywood and she and Cooper share six Oscar nominations, and one win, between them. But "Serena" uses muscles the costars of "Silver Linings Playbook" and "American Hustle" stars don't often get to flex.
March 26, 2015
Densely packed and gorgeously expressionist, the old-fashioned tragedy is very nearly a satisfying experience despite its various shortcomings.
March 24, 2015
Chock-full of melodrama and outrageous contrivances, there's no way to call Serena good, but it's one fascinating hot mess that's entertainingly trashy.
December 4, 2014
The cinematic equivalent of a trashy airport novel.
December 3, 2014
If this is not a perfect film it's an unusually haunting one. The peculiar dramatic rhythms reflect the violence-in-tranquility of the logging business itself, with lulls allowing the shocking moments to cut all the deeper.
October 30, 2014
Susanne Bier has delivered a sumptuous costume drama fronted by two talented leads who gamely throw themselves head first into a delightfully preposterous plot.
October 26, 2014
Lawrence plays her role like a virtuoso violinist; sweeping, soaring and cracking with elegiac grace.
October 24, 2014
There are enough flashes of the film it might have been to make it worth watching.
October 23, 2014
Serena is an undoubtedly handsome production with some beautiful cinematography from Morten Soborg.
October 23, 2014
The film crumples with a shower of sparks into a forest fire of melodramatic absurdity, with all kinds of violent lurches and plot entanglements. But not before Lawrence has given us a performance of fierce, bladed intensity.
October 14, 2014
The film is rather watchable, defined by impressive performances, striking production design and lustrous cinematography.
October 13, 2014
Bier is digging hard for something deep and yet, at the point when you should be reaching for the hankie, it's only because of so much sweaty desperation.
Top Critic
October 13, 2014
Bier's Danish-language work, usually structurally and emotionally cohesive to a fault, has rarely been this compellingly untidy.