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Serenity Review

Other Critics provided by Metacritic.com

Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 4.0
    74

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Generally favorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 50

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    The dialogue, delivered mostly in Southern accents, is intended to be funny and fresh, but much of this Western-influenced sci-fi adventure story feels reheated.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Sheri Linden

    An appealingly low-rent, if not earth-shattering, 26th century "Star Wars" with faint glimmers of "Blade Runner," "Buckaroo Banzai" and "The Manchurian Candidate" for good measure.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Serenity is made of dubious but energetic special effects, breathless velocity, much imagination, some sly verbal wit and a little political satire.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Scott Brown

    Jaw set but never stiff, he (Fillion) gets both the Whedon wit and the Whedon grandiloquence between cheek and gum, and gives the whole enterprise the heft of a real saga.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Robert K. Elder

    A brash, funny, action-packed bit of sci-fi ecstasy--and a giant raspberry to the execs who let "Firefly" fall out of the sky.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 12+

A bit clunky, but entertaining sci-fi.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the movie includes some rambunctious action, drawn from both Western and science-fiction conventions. They fight with their fists, guns, and other implements; they also engage in chase scenes on speedy hovering vehicles. Space battles -- between space ships -- result in some raucous explosion and shoot-out scenes. Some aggressive, martial-artsy fighting. Characters drink and smoke in a bar. One couple kisses and looks to be headed to off-screen sex; one character has designed a robot to service him (the implication is that she's a sexual companion). A woman crewmember sees her husband killed, suddenly and brutally.

  • Families can talk about the various loyalties revealed in various pairings and groups of characters: brother and sister, romantic couples, devotion to causes and communities as ideals. How does River's wrestling with her training and instinct as a "weapon" serve as counterpoint for the Operator, who sees himself as a "monster" but also believes in his mission to commit murder and mayhem, as a means to eventual peace?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: The Alliance representatives use violent means to get their way; the Reavers are ferocious killers who eat human flesh.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: Action violence, including explosions, shoot-outs, chases, and sylized, wireworky and time-zappy martial arts.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Some sexual references; some women wear midriff- and cleave-baring outfits.

  • language false3

    Language: Mild cursing (one s-word).

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Drinking and smoking in a bar.

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