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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
    Serenity is still taut, immersive, and alternately hilarious and heartbreaking, a well-balanced blend of whooping Wild West action and space opera.
  4. 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.
  5. 75
    It features truly monstrous bogeymen in the Reavers, cannibalistic renegades who, legend has it, went to the edge of the universe and were driven mad by the abyss.
  6. Reviewed by: Matt Singer
    Though richly allegorical, Serenity also works as a rousing and unabashedly manipulative adventure that never takes itself too seriously.
  7. 50
    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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 19 out of 288
  1. KellB.
    Sep 28, 2005
    Serenity is a gut wrenching edge of your seat thriller with perfectly timed humor sprinkled throughout. A must see film for all.
  2. WhiffleM.
    Jun 14, 2008
    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
    Wow! 'Serenity' is a superb movie. Other scifi writers need to take a lesson from Joss Whedon and 'Serenity'.
  4. F.C.
    Dec 1, 2005
    Simply the best movie I've seen this year.
  5. SanM.
    Nov 5, 2006
    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. MikeP.
    Oct 14, 2005
    This film may be one step above the main stream sci-fi films with the complex of western, futuristic and cross-cultural interrelationships. The story line is so furtile for development that the viewers imagination is inspired by just such a movie. Expand
  7. JanW.
    Sep 27, 2005
    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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