Saw (2014)



Critic Consensus: Saw is more than nasty enough for genre junkies, but far too twisted, gory, and shallow for more discerning horror fans.

Movie Info

The directorial debut from filmmaker James Wan, this psychological thriller comes from the first screenplay by actor Leigh Whannell, who also stars. Whannell plays Adam, one of two men chained up in a mysterious chamber. The other, Dr. Gordon (Cary Elwes), like Adam, has no idea how either of them got there. Neither of them are led to feel optimistic by the man lying between them dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Together, Adam and Dr. Gordon attempt to piece together what has happened to … More

Rating: R (for strong grisly violence and language)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Horror
Directed By:
Written By: Leigh Whannell, James Wan
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 15, 2005
Box Office: $0.7M
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as Dr. Lawrence Gordon

as Detective David Tapp

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as John/Jigsaw

as Alison Gordon

as Zep Hindle

as Diana Gordon

as Amanda
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Critic Reviews for Saw

All Critics (181) | Top Critics (39)

How such a cruelly empty and infantile movie got made is mystery enough. More puzzling is why Cary Elwes, Danny Glover and Monica Potter would sign on as co-stars.

Full Review… | October 27, 2014
Associated Press
Top Critic

Though dumber than a box of rocks, Saw forges ahead with the kind of conviction and energy that will keep bad-cinema junkies sitting bolt upright.

Full Review… | October 27, 2014
AV Club
Top Critic

[Its] sadism is topped only by its absurdity.

Full Review… | November 15, 2011
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

The horror flick Saw started a chain-Saw of sequels and that is now one of the most successful of the chop-and-slash variety. It's not a bad way to spend a Halloween evening.

Full Review… | October 31, 2014
Tri-City Herald

James Wan's horror film Saw is full of demented twists and guilty-looking actors, but the scenario is cruel enough to make you squirm.

Full Review… | October 27, 2014
Times [UK]

Saw is a sub-Se7en B-movie serial killer chiller with more high concepts stuffed into its 100 minutes than it can handle.

Full Review… | October 27, 2014
Screen International

Audience Reviews for Saw


not a fan of the gore fest horror films that this movie started generating but this was a decent movie. The twist to me was slightly unrealistic as how could a man alive lay there that long and not move once or show breathing . . .

John Manard

Super Reviewer

Apart from the many plot holes, I think this is decent gore film.

Wildaly M

Super Reviewer


A gritty, dirty, and intense horror movie with superb acting from Leigh Whannel and Cary Elwes as two men chained inside an abandoned bathroom, wondering how they got there and why they are here. This movie gets a lot of bad rep for ceaseless violence and excessive gore, and gets unfairly coupled with "Hostel" because of this. It is definitely violent and not for all, but in terms of how the simple story is given layers and handled meticulously with backstories and flashbacks, you can not deny it is a good idea handled exceptionally well. In my opinion this is one of the better horror films of the 00's, with a twist ending that will knock you out cold. The score is also phenomenal, as it continually amps up the intensity (especially in the final act) to almost unbearable levels. Highly recommended if you like horror films.

Dan Schultz
Dan Schultz

Super Reviewer

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