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Serenity Reviews

June 6, 2007
Joss Whedon makes a rousing feature-directing debut, exploiting the cult status of his short-lived series Firefly to continue it on the big screen.
June 24, 2006
The settings and tone are hyper-real, yet the human behaviour is grounded and credible, the moral conflicts complex and involving. Shiny, intelligent fun.
May 12, 2006
Go out and see Joss Whedon's witty whizbang of an action movie, or we will kill a kitten.
October 3, 2005
It has a great sense of humor about it, an attractive cast and it's just a lot of fun.
October 1, 2005
Taut, immersive, and alternately hilarious and heartbreaking, a well-balanced blend of whooping Wild West action and space opera.
October 1, 2005
Serenity isn't about effects. It's about narrative and characters, and it does a solid job in both areas.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 30, 2005
Half a millennium after Neil Armstrong's one small step for mankind and we're back in the saddle again.
September 30, 2005
Fans get priority seating on the ride, but there's plenty of room for rookies to clamber aboard.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 30, 2005
A boisterous, semi-comic action thriller.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
September 30, 2005
This genre picture is still a thrillingly original science fiction creation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
September 30, 2005
It would make a cute TV show.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
September 30, 2005
Serenity is so like TV that it ought to come with a clicker so we can switch over to the next movie at the multiplex.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
September 30, 2005
As always, Whedon's sci-fi fantasies smartly parallel the serious issues we're grappling with here on Earth, while his protagonists remain mordantly funny in the face of utter disaster.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 30, 2005
A lot more sweaty fun than the last three overhyped, sterile, for-dorks-only Star Wars cartoons.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 30, 2005
Whedon knows that he's blazing down a well-worn trail, but he addresses that by deftly adding elements of humor, action, romance and horror and continually confounding audience expectations.
September 30, 2005
The best summer thrill ride since Batman Begins, Serenity roars in a late but mighty welcome considering this year's sub-fun slate.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
September 30, 2005
Part of the kick to Serenity is watching the filmmaker expertly play with moods as he hyphenates the western and sci-fi genres.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
September 30, 2005
If you want to take a trip to the stars, this is the rocket to ride.
Read More | Original Score: A-
September 30, 2005
I mean Serenity no disrespect when I say it's enjoyably junky.
September 30, 2005
Most of Serenity is talk, and thankfully, it is pretty great.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
September 30, 2005
The movie runs on the fuel of sly intelligence, not to mention a healthy skepticism about mankind's ability to achieve anything that might be called progress.
Read More | Original Score: B
September 30, 2005
A space spectacle resonant with witty dialogue, accessible characters and kaleidoscopic action.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
September 30, 2005
Serenity is a trim little picture of epic proportions.
September 30, 2005
After an hour of intense disorientation, the movie's arch sarcasm becomes oddly entertaining.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 30, 2005
It's clunky and has too many spare parts, but it gets the job done.
September 30, 2005
The Serenity crew's chemistry isn't enough to take this spaceship into the stratosphere, and Whedon unleashes his most provocative ideas too late in the proceedings.
September 29, 2005
Though diehard fans probably will take issue, Serenity is mostly sci-fi silliness attempting to be something more substantive.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
September 29, 2005
Joss Whedon's unassuming science-fiction adventure is superior in almost every respect to George Lucas's aggressively more ambitious screen entertainments.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
September 29, 2005
A kicky mix of space-movie mayhem and cowboy-movie corn.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
September 29, 2005
A good old-fashioned space opera.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 29, 2005
The cast, a handful of sarcastic, working-stiff interstellar outlaws, is a magnetic bunch, turning the clichés of sci-fi adventure inside out.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 29, 2005
Serenity flies with sass and spirit, qualities that have been in palpably short supply in that Star Wars series since, well, Star Wars.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
September 29, 2005
Serenity is a brash, funny, action-packed bit of sci-fi ecstasy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
September 29, 2005
It's the zippy chatter among the Serenity's wised-up space pirates that gives the film most of its punch, but with only serviceable action sequences and largely cookie-cutter effects, you can still sense the void just outside.
September 29, 2005
Serenity is made of dubious but energetic special effects, breathless velocity, much imagination, some sly verbal wit and a little political satire.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 29, 2005
Whedon works plenty of smart pop-culture references into his genre-jumping script.
Full Review | Original Score: B
September 28, 2005
Serenity, despite its simple chase plot and elegant narrative ductwork, is unmistakably a TV season's worth of roller-coastering drama, most of it balanced on the capable shoulders of Fillion, a natural leading man.
Full Review | Original Score: B
September 27, 2005
Whedon, who always delights in blending genres and tones, has assembled his most frantically disparate collection of pop culture quotations, boldly and cleverly going where plenty have gone before.
August 23, 2005
Bounces around to sometimes memorable effect but rarely soars.