Serena

2015 • 109 minutes
3.4
503 reviews
16%
Tomatometer
R
Rating
Eligible
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George and Serena Pemberton (Academy Award® nominee Bradley Cooper and Academy Award® winner Jennifer Lawrence), love-struck newlyweds, begin to build a timber empire. Serena soon proves herself to be equal to any man: overseeing loggers, hunting rattlesnakes, even saving a man’s life in the wilderness. With power and influence now in their hands, the Pembertons refuse to let anyone stand in the way of their inflated love and ambitions. However, once Serena discovers George’s hidden past and faces an unchangeable fate of her own, the Pembertons’ passionate marriage begins to unravel.
3.4
503 reviews
Melissa Kurtis
March 3, 2015
For fans of the Ron Rash novel…avoid at all costs! Not only does it fail to capture a semblance of the soul of the book, it is a vapid, hollow showcase of two actors who clearly had no interest in the characters they were supposed to play. Shame to the screenwriter who adapted it. Shame to the director that didn't read the book. Shame on the two actors for sleepwalking through performances whilst dreaming of the laurels of past accomplishments. Do yourself a favor, read the book and don't waste a minute of your time with this garbage. Unfortunately, there was no zero rating…but it did make me laugh a lot so that accounts for something.
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Christi Nash
June 10, 2015
Beautifully filmed, set in 1920s North Carolina, revolving around two self centered greedy people who fall in love and get what they deserve. The mountain lion really was a nice touch. I don't know why people hated this, if they're stupid, have short attention spans or are just partial to the book. I suppose it's not perfect, but it's a very good film about early American capitalism in the South.
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Ruth Rouchard
March 21, 2015
This movie had so much potential, but it just fell flat. The characters were not well developed at all. It went so fast in the beginning without really letting the audience understand the characters. Then the plot went painfully slow in the middle. It finally redeems itself towards the end.
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