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A Serbian Film Reviews

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Martyn Conterio
Little White Lies
December 13, 2010
Pseudo-intellectual claptrap at its very worst.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Josh Bell
May 12, 2011
Spasojevic successfully grabs the audience's attention, and then he just abuses the privilege rather than doing anything worthwhile with it.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
Simon Foster
August 12, 2011
As for the gut-wrenching, immoral shocker that we were led to believe would bring about the downfall of modern civilisation... well, it's pretty flaccid.
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Karina Longworth
Village Voice
May 11, 2011
That the film exists at all is a more cogent commentary on the nation's collective trauma than any of the direct statements or potential metaphors contained within.
Anton Bitel
Eye for Film
September 8, 2010
Sure, it has something to say about power, totalitarianism and the legacy of violence - but it is about as subtle as a penis through the eye-socket, raping our eyes with its unpleasantness far more than it ever engages with our brains.
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
December 8, 2010
You look at it as you would ogle a car crash.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Nigel Floyd
Time Out
December 9, 2010
A sordid welter of sexual sadism, incestuous necrophilia and 'snuff movie' nihilism.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
November 6, 2015
To compliment it as being well-crafted, which it is, doesn't mean much when it's unwatchable.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
May 12, 2011
"A Serbian Film" revels in its sheer inventive awfulness and dares the viewer to find a more serious layer of meaning.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Laura Kern
Film Comment Magazine
May 11, 2011
Viewers will need a lifelong shower after enduring it.
David Keyes
November 6, 2016
There exists a hard, bitter audience for the likes of A Serbian Film, one of the most graphic depictions of human suffering I have ever seen committed to the screen. I am not among them.
Tim Evans
Sky Movies
December 8, 2010
What's most offensive is director Srđan Spasojević risible insistence that the unpleasantness on offer is an allegory for the sorry political plight of Serbia.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
May 10, 2011
In its histrionic dream logic, the movie says as much about Eastern Europe as Twilight does about the Pacific Northwest. Frankly, you'd be better off self-abusing.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Jamie Graham
Total Film
December 13, 2010
More camp than corrosive, A Serbian Film is hard to take seriously.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jamie Russell
Radio Times
December 9, 2010
Its parade of rape, necrophilia and paedophilia involving newborns feels like a blatant attempt to create lucrative tabloid controversy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Peter Bradshaw
December 9, 2010
Spasojevic has created a migraine-inducing "controversy" with this badly acted and directed porn-horror nightmare that aspires to be a satire on the dark heart of modern Serbia, with oblique references to the 1990s war.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Matt Joseph
We Got This Covered
March 13, 2013
Fantastic performances from the two leads make for a very powerful film. It's truly a technical achievement on every count and while It may not be for everyone, if you can stomach it, watch it!
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Thomas Caldwell
Cinema Autopsy
September 19, 2011
For all its hysteria and nasty shock tactics, A Serbian Film does have something to say about representations of sexuality, cinematic violence and audience culpability.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Martin Tsai
Critic's Notebook
October 7, 2015
Bottom line is, this film doesn't make any taboo look sexy - not even remotely. If you find it arousing, you are the problem.
Scott Weinberg
August 26, 2015
I admire and detest this film at the same time. And I will never watch it again.
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