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.
March 26, 2015
The performers are as beautiful to look at here as they are intriguing to watch.
March 26, 2015
It's reassuring, really, to be reminded that top-tier Hollywood stars can make lousy choices just like the rest of us.
March 26, 2015
What were Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence thinking? Seriously?
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
Beating a dead horse barely begins to describe the task of writing about "Serena"; it's more like playing coroner.
March 26, 2015
This here is a violent Southern soap with delusions of respectability, and it's a pity it tried to put on such fancy airs.
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 26, 2015
Although the film got stuck in editing limbo for two years, no amount of cutting could rid the project of a diseased premise. Nor is it erotic or violent enough to be an effective critique of human nature.
March 26, 2015
It's painful to watch all that talent get wasted.
March 26, 2015
Left for dead since 2012, Serena would better serve its stars by burial, not resurrection.
March 26, 2015
There's simply not that much to see in the performances.
Top Critic
March 25, 2015
Into each life some rain eventually falls, and in a bomb called Serena, golden couple Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence, united for the third time onscreen, arrive soaking wet.
March 24, 2015
By making Serena ornamental, Bier diminishes her power, and Lawrence plays her as a petulant Lady Macbeth wannabe. Worse is Bradley Cooper, whose Pemberton comes off like an entitled scion, not a clear-cut timber king.
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