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  • Summary: This story of a small band of galactic outcasts 500 years in the future centers around Captain Malcolm Reynolds, a hardened veteran (on the losing side) of a galactic civil war, who now ekes out a living pulling off small crimes and transport-for-hire aboard his ship, Serenity. (Universal)
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  1. Positive: 31 out of 34
  2. Negative: 0 out of 34
  1. As challenging as it must have been to pilot Joss Whedon's space opera from the TV junk pile to the big screen, the finished product is a triumph.
  2. 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.
  3. 80
    A highly entertaining piece of genre-blending fun.
  4. After witnessing the wearying parliamentary debates among good and bad senators in recent Star Wars episodes, it's a pleasure to watch a sci-fi movie where more than just the spaceships move quickly.
  5. The film's strength is compelling character relationships and Whedon's trademark dialogue, a smarter version of the cliched action-movie barrage of wisecrack under fire, only better executed, laden in personality, and enriched with evocative western colloquialisms of a frontier culture.
  6. Reviewed by: Matt Singer
    70
    Though richly allegorical, Serenity also works as a rousing and unabashedly manipulative adventure that never takes itself too seriously.
  7. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    50
    If you can't be original, why not borrow from something no one has seen, like Ben Affleck's last five movies?

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 19 out of 289
  1. StephenF.
    Sep 28, 2005
    10
    Best Sci-Fi movie so far this century.
  2. WhiffleM.
    Jun 14, 2008
    10
    What's not to love? An opening scene that changes perspective three times, followed by an extended-take tour through the ship, What's not to love? An opening scene that changes perspective three times, followed by an extended-take tour through the ship, introducing all the crew members in the process. Like the much-lamented TV show, a labor of love. Buy it, as you'll want to see it again and again. Expand
  3. MrSevens
    Oct 2, 2005
    10
    Wow! 'Serenity' is a superb movie. Other scifi writers need to take a lesson from Joss Whedon and 'Serenity'.
  4. DentonH.
    Nov 23, 2005
    10
    Great Great Great...more of this for all!!!!!
  5. SanM.
    Nov 5, 2006
    10
    Serenity was an incredible adventure from start to finish. The characters were well-formed, believable, appealing and interesting. They Serenity was an incredible adventure from start to finish. The characters were well-formed, believable, appealing and interesting. They represented the best and worst of us. The storyline was timely and wove together our greatest hopes and fears as human beings. Expand
  6. DaveF
    Oct 8, 2005
    9
    The little touches set Serenity apart. For one, it understands the value of silence. Silence is the secret to effective horror and suspense, The little touches set Serenity apart. For one, it understands the value of silence. Silence is the secret to effective horror and suspense, which the movie packs plenty of. That's why the cacophonous Star Wars prequels were so depressingly sterile. Outer-space flights and battles in Serenity are appropriately quiet, not just for effect but because apparently somebody was paying attention in physics class--sound requires a medium. The only audible ship battles take place in atmosphere. Why should I praise realism in a space western? I don't know...it was so refreshing to see! Also, taking a hint maybe from Spielberg's War of the Worlds, the Reaver heat rays look and sound menacing. These aren't the cute little blasts of Star Wars, but jagged beams of death that hum ominously. The Reavers' quick viciousness is shocking, and their predatory ships invite frightened fascination. (No spoilers here, just know that Reavers make Klingons look like Care Bears.) For all its balletic violence and clever lines, Serenity respects the golden rule: make your film character-driven and the action will have weight, the quips will hold interest, and even cowboy space opera is possible. The acting isn't perfect, and hackneyed cuteness occasionally surfaces. But by the ending Expand
  7. JanW.
    Sep 27, 2005
    0
    It was rubbish and Josh Weedon sucks! Ha, I joke you. It was great. Add a '1' to the '0' - or, better, read Tom C's It was rubbish and Josh Weedon sucks! Ha, I joke you. It was great. Add a '1' to the '0' - or, better, read Tom C's review, it's fair minded and accurate. Expand

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