Serenity (2019)


Critic Consensus: A high-concept mystery with a twist, Serenity isn't what it appears to be at first -- unfortunately, it's also not anywhere near as clever or entertaining as it thinks.


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From the creative mind of Oscar nominee Steven Knight comes a daringly original, sexy, stylized thriller. Baker Dill (Academy Award winner Matthew McConaughey) is a fishing boat captain leading tours off a tranquil, tropical enclave called Plymouth Island. His quiet life is shattered, however, when his ex-wife Karen (Academy Award winner Anne Hathaway) tracks him down with a desperate plea for help. She begs Dill to save her - and their young son - from her new, violent husband (Jason Clarke) by taking him out to sea on a fishing excursion, only to throw him to the sharks and leave him for dead. Karen's appearance thrusts Dill back into a life he'd tried to forget, and as he struggles between right and wrong, his world is plunged into a new reality that may not be all that it seems.

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All Critics (139) | Top Critics (36)

If you like seeing authentically unusual movies, then ignore the haters: In its fusion of disparate genres, its sentimentality, and its weirdness, Serenity is actually worth watching.

Jan 31, 2019 | Full Review…

"Serenity" is, instead, full of ludicrous trivializations that bypass the story's troubling implications.

Jan 31, 2019 | Full Review…

The movie becomes even more ridiculous after its big reveal, which is obvious from early on and suggested in the opening shot.

Jan 29, 2019 | Full Review…

The film's maritime setting has a certain aptness because Serenity has all the hallmarks of a fish tale. Unfortunately, Knight lets this one get away.

Jan 26, 2019 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

At the critics' screening I attended, the audience was reduced to hysterics.

Jan 25, 2019 | Rating: 0/4 | Full Review…
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A production more apt to deliver frustration than gratification.

Jan 25, 2019 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

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