Metascore
76

Generally favorable reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Serbis has the feel of a documentary, but a documentary can't accomplish what Serbis does: Take us to a corner of the world where sex and regret are so intimately entwined.
  2. 90
    Serbis may be a raunch-fest, but it's also a mind-trip--a raunch-fest with ideas.
  3. 88
    Merry, filthy, unstoppably hormonal, Serbis feels very much like the sort of movie that happens when no one is minding the store.
  4. 83
    At its best, Serbis is a vibrant slice of life that establishes this theater as a living organism, nurturing a society of outcasts; it's like "Ship Of Fools" with blowjobs and boil-lancings.
  5. Gentle, bawdy and at times rambunctiously, ticklishly rude.
  6. The theater building is a four-story monster, and by the end of the picture we know it very well, in all its broken-down glory.
  7. Reviewed by: Maggie Lee
    70
    The camera explores each nook and cranny of the dilapidated movie-house like an usher who knows his way round blindfolded, and the building, with its richly visual interior structures desperately in need of an overhaul, comes to symbolize poetically the predicament of its inhabitants and their moral ambiguity.
  8. Reviewed by: Joshua Katzman
    70
    Raunchy and profane.
  9. 63
    This is not a film most people will enjoy. Its qualities are apparent only if appreciates cinematic style for itself.
  10. This isn't a family -- or a film -- you'll ­easily forget.
  11. Reviewed by: Jay Weissberg
    60
    Brillante Mendoza’s latest opus that revels in shock value.
User Score
7.2

Generally favorable reviews- based on 5 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Sep 6, 2010
    6
    If you are not deeply committed to independent cinema or perhaps deeply into Asian pornography you won't like this film, but if you are... then I say give it a try. Serbis -- a Filipino film with subtitles -- tells the story of a three-generation family living in and running a rundown former family movie theater that now runs soft-core porn and caters to a largely homosexual and illicit crowd. The dark movie house is filled with prostitutes, johns and who knows what else. It is all very unseemly in a movie theater that is just as disgusting as the things that go on there. Throughout the theater there are signs that read â Full Review »