Serena

Serena

Serena

Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper (after also starring together in Silver Linings Playbook) are Serena and George Pemberton, a married couple in 1920s North Carolina, who ruthlessly attempt to build a timber empire. Based on the 2008 novel by Ron Rash, directed by multi award-winning Danish filmmaker Susanne Bier (In a Better World).

The burgeoning entrepreneurs vanquish all who stand in the way of their ambitions. When Serena learns that she can never bear a child, she sets out to murder the woman who bore George a son before his marriage. And when she starts to suspect that George is protecting his illegitimate family, the Pembertons' intense, passionate marriage begins to unravel.

2014Rating: M109 minsUSA, Czech Republic
Drama
Director:
Susanne Bier ('After the Wedding', 'Things We Lost in the Fire', 'In a Better World', 'Brothers')
Writer:
Christopher Kyle
Cast:
Jennifer LawrenceBradley CooperRhys IfansSean HarrisToby JonesBlake RitsonSam ReidCharity Wakefield

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Serena / Reviews

Flicks, Steve Newall

Flicks, Steve Newall

After Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle, how could reteaming Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper go wrong? In a word – Serena. So much of a stinker it veers on parody (a la The Spoils of Babylon), this 1920s-set tale sees A-list stars brought to bear on a one hell of a turkey, a costume drama that fails to find its footing as either a detailed period piece or fantastical romance. Instead, it’s closer to tacky mini-series in tone than Hollywood elegance, even if the production values struggle vainly to suggest otherwise.

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Variety

Variety

Both problematic and fascinating, an unsympathetic spiral of human tragedy that plays a little like a hand-me-down folk ballad put to film.

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Total Film

Total Film

Handsome production values notwithstanding, Bier's drama is all bark and largely trite.

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Time Out

Time Out

We don’t invest anything in either character, and with barely any tension, Serena grabs neither head nor heart.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

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.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

It is difficult to believe a single word of it, still less to care about these relentlessly selfish and short-sighted characters.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

Commercially it looks a disaster. Artistically, if very far from a triumph, it’s interesting, almost held together by its charismatic stars.

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