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Serenity

30sere Picking up where his cult show "Firefly" left off, writer-director Joss Whedon's tale of galactic unrest follows Malcolm Reynolds (Nathan Fillion), captain of the transport ship Serenity, and his scrappy but loyal crew. When the ship picks up two fugitives from the powerful coalition ruling the universe, "Mal" and his mates find themselves at the center of a cosmic conflict, pursued by military forces and space-roaming savages.
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Netflix Rating: 4.1
NYT Critics' Pick
Scene for scene, Joss Whedon's unassuming science-fiction adventure is more engaging and certainly better written and acted than any of George Lucas's recent screen entertainments. Read the review
Rotten Tomatoes: Fresh 81%
Critics' score: 81   Audience score: 89   Rotten Tomatoes page
Top Rotten Tomatoes Critics

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. full review

Andrea Gronvall, Chicago Reader

Go out and see Joss Whedon's witty whizbang of an action movie, or we will kill a kitten. full review

Ken Tucker, New York Magazine

It has a great sense of humor about it, an attractive cast and it's just a lot of fun. full review

Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper

Serenity isn't about effects. It's about narrative and characters, and it does a solid job in both areas. full review

James Berardinelli, ReelViews

Half a millennium after Neil Armstrong's one small step for mankind and we're back in the saddle again. full review

Desson Thomson, Washington Post

Fans get priority seating on the ride, but there's plenty of room for rookies to clamber aboard. full review

Peter Howell, Toronto Star

This genre picture is still a thrillingly original science fiction creation. full review

Peter Hartlaub, San Francisco Chronicle

It would make a cute TV show. full review

Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel

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.

Kyle Smith, New York Post

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

Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News

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. full review

Kevin Crust, Los Angeles Times

The best summer thrill ride since Batman Begins, Serenity roars in a late but mighty welcome considering this year's sub-fun slate. full review

Louis B. Parks, Houston Chronicle

Part of the kick to Serenity is watching the filmmaker expertly play with moods as he hyphenates the western and sci-fi genres. full review

Stephen Cole, Globe and Mail

If you want to take a trip to the stars, this is the rocket to ride.

Tom Long, Detroit News

I mean Serenity no disrespect when I say it's enjoyably junky. full review

Most of Serenity is talk, and thankfully, it is pretty great.

Terry Lawson, Detroit Free Press

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.

Robert Denerstein, Denver Rocky Mountain News

A space spectacle resonant with witty dialogue, accessible characters and kaleidoscopic action. full review

Philip Wuntch, Dallas Morning News

Serenity is a trim little picture of epic proportions. full review

Stephanie Zacharek, Salon.com

After an hour of intense disorientation, the movie's arch sarcasm becomes oddly entertaining. full review

Wesley Morris, Boston Globe
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