Serenity 2005

Critics score:
82 / 100

Reviews provided by RottenTomatoes

Robert K. Elder, Chicago Tribune: Serenity is a brash, funny, action-packed bit of sci-fi ecstasy. Read more

Andrea Gronvall, Chicago Reader: 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. Read more

Tom Keogh, Seattle Times: A boisterous, semi-comic action thriller. Read more

David Edelstein, Slate: I mean Serenity no disrespect when I say it's enjoyably junky. Read more

Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper: It has a great sense of humor about it, an attractive cast and it's just a lot of fun. Read more

Bob Townsend, Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Whedon works plenty of smart pop-culture references into his genre-jumping script. Read more

Tasha Robinson, AV Club: Taut, immersive, and alternately hilarious and heartbreaking, a well-balanced blend of whooping Wild West action and space opera. Read more

Michael Senft, Arizona Republic: A good old-fashioned space opera. Read more

Wesley Morris, Boston Globe: After an hour of intense disorientation, the movie's arch sarcasm becomes oddly entertaining. Read more

Kevin Crust, Los Angeles Times: 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. Read more

Louis B. Parks, Houston Chronicle: 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

Scott Brown, Entertainment Weekly: 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. Read more

Philip Wuntch, Dallas Morning News: A space spectacle resonant with witty dialogue, accessible characters and kaleidoscopic action. Read more

Paul Malcolm, L.A. Weekly: 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. Read more

Connie Ogle, Miami Herald: A lot more sweaty fun than the last three overhyped, sterile, for-dorks-only Star Wars cartoons. Read more

Jan Stuart, Newsday: 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

Ken Tucker, New York Magazine/Vulture: Go out and see Joss Whedon's witty whizbang of an action movie, or we will kill a kitten. Read more

Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News: 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. Read more

Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel: It would make a cute TV show. Read more

James Berardinelli, ReelViews: Serenity isn't about effects. It's about narrative and characters, and it does a solid job in both areas. Read more

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times: Serenity is made of dubious but energetic special effects, breathless velocity, much imagination, some sly verbal wit and a little political satire. Read more

Stephanie Zacharek, Serenity is a trim little picture of epic proportions. Read more

Peter Hartlaub, San Francisco Chronicle: This genre picture is still a thrillingly original science fiction creation. Read more

Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune: The cast, a handful of sarcastic, working-stiff interstellar outlaws, is a magnetic bunch, turning the cliches of sci-fi adventure inside out. Read more

Stephen Cole, Globe and Mail: 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

Peter Howell, Toronto Star: Fans get priority seating on the ride, but there's plenty of room for rookies to clamber aboard. Read more

Nick Funnell, Time Out: The settings and tone are hyper-real, yet the human behaviour is grounded and credible, the moral conflicts complex and involving. Shiny, intelligent fun. Read more

Claudia Puig, USA Today: Though diehard fans probably will take issue, Serenity is mostly sci-fi silliness attempting to be something more substantive. Read more

Derek Elley, Variety: Bounces around to sometimes memorable effect but rarely soars. Read more

Matt Singer, Village Voice: 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. Read more

Desson Thomson, Washington Post: Half a millennium after Neil Armstrong's one small step for mankind and we're back in the saddle again. Read more