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Saw III (2006)


Average Rating: 4.2/10
Reviews Counted: 87
Fresh: 24
Rotten: 63

Critics Consensus: Saw III does little beyond repeating its predecessor's tropes on a gorier level.

Average Rating: 3.5/10
Reviews Counted: 22
Fresh: 2
Rotten: 20

Critics Consensus: Saw III does little beyond repeating its predecessor's tropes on a gorier level.


Average Rating: 3.6/5
User Ratings: 559,181


Movie Info

Jigsaw (Tobin Bell) is back, and this time he's concocted his deadliest set of traps yet in this gore-soaked sequel written by James Wan and Leigh Whannell, and directed by Saw II's Darren Lynn Bousman. Picking up directly where its predecessor left off, Saw III finds Jigsaw near death and fighting to stay alive for one final game. Determined to show his protégé, Amanda (Shawnee Smith), what it truly means to carry out his deadly game, the ailing Jigsaw instructs his apprentice to kidnap … More

R (for strong grisly violence and gore, sequences of terror and torture, nudity and language)
Mystery & Suspense , Horror
Directed By:
Written By:
Leigh Whannell
In Theaters:
Jan 23, 2007
Box Office:
Lionsgate Films - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Saw III

All Critics (90) | Top Critics (22) | Fresh (24) | Rotten (63) | DVD (19)

God or Jack Valenti only knows how this work of pure entertainment got an R rating 'for strong grisly violence and gore, sequences of terror and torture, nudity and language.'

Full Review… | November 7, 2006
Village Voice
Top Critic

Because of its efforts to make sense of the previous entries and even attempt an earnest parable about forgiveness, Saw III may be the best of the trilogy; hopefully, it'll encourage its makers to wrap the franchise on a relatively high note.

Full Review… | November 3, 2006
AV Club
Top Critic

Even splatter-film buffs should be offended by this piece of nonsense: Not because it's so gross, but because it's so dumb.

Full Review… | November 2, 2006
Arizona Republic
Top Critic

The second Saw sequel develops the mythology of sadistic puppet-master Jigsaw in ambitious, gruesome but ultimately self-defeating ways.

Full Review… | November 2, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

All told, this is a more affecting study in grief, guilt and human frailty than Babel.

Full Review… | November 1, 2006
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic

Admit it: It's not every horror film that can make you feel preached at and slimed at the same time.

Full Review… | November 1, 2006
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

Images jump, blip, strobe, and shock like an epileptic seizure - all the result of director Darren Lynn Bousman's lack of trust in his screenplay.

Full Review… | February 1, 2010

Witness the distortion of the series' original premise bastardized by those who believe they know better.

Full Review… | October 31, 2009
Cinema Sight

The power of "Saw III" lies not in the gore, torture, or tension, but in the relationship between Amanda and Jigsaw.

Full Review… | April 29, 2009
Cinema Crazed

The extreme gore is gratuitous, and character development non-existent in a movie packed with the cookie-cutter visual design of the previous two films. Torturer, victim and audience become one.

Full Review… | April 24, 2009

Staying mostly faithful to the successful blueprint of its two earlier installments, Saw III is an adequate sequel that works well enough on its own terms.

Full Review… | July 23, 2008

Face your fears. A lesson worthy of praise, if the film preaching them weren't so completely full of s***.

Full Review… | January 17, 2008
Projection Booth

Nihilistic, amoral, self-congratulatory wanking.

Full Review… | September 27, 2007
Antagony & Ecstasy

Starts with an interesting premise but quickly squanders it on the usual barely-glimpsed bloodbaths.

Full Review… | August 18, 2007

One of the most sadistic, brutal, grisly films of the current splatter-porn genre.

Full Review… | March 24, 2007

The only brains on display are the ones that get drilled out of human skulls.

Full Review… | February 12, 2007

It requires a stretch of the imagination too far, but there's still plenty of gore and tricksy murders here.

Full Review… | November 29, 2006
Empire Magazine

If humorless torture marathons like this represent the future of American horror cinema, it's time for Hollywood to officially outsource the genre overseas, where they remember the pleasures of a good scare.

Full Review… | November 13, 2006
Film Journal International

full review in Greek

Full Review… | November 13, 2006
Movies for the Masses

Saying that the newest Saw movie is better than the last one is a bit like saying that your latest root canal was better than your last one.

Full Review… | November 11, 2006

The third Saw in the franchise loses its edge.

Full Review… | November 11, 2006

No one will ever be able to accuse series creators and scribes Leigh Wannell and James Wan of being stingy with the red stuff.

Full Review… | November 11, 2006
Austin Chronicle

Pretentious, with Jigsaw a splatter Mitch Albom.

November 10, 2006
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

If you found Hannibal's brain cooking scene a tad too much, you will want to avoid Saw III; but if you are a fan of the gory versions of horror, this will be an iconic essential

Full Review… | November 10, 2006
Urban Cinefile

I couldn't watch Saw III without thinking of reality TV shows like Fear Factor. Can it be a deliberate parody?

Full Review… | November 9, 2006
Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus

not great filmmaking, but very profitable and a fun way to get some cheap Halloween thrills.

Full Review… | November 8, 2006

Audience Reviews for Saw III


Saw 3 is the the end of the trilogy of Jigsaw, but its just another Saw sequel that doesn't live up to the first. The plot is actually getting cliche and the same with every movie, but I still am that kind of person who completely loves the mysterious endings of the Saw films. The cast is ok I guess, I can't complain but if their is a Oscar for screaming your A$$ off to being tortured, these people would win. Saw 3 is not a bad film actually, but the problem is that (just like the second film) the movie just doesn't have that sense of excitement like the first, and i'm pretty sure none of the sequels will.

Jim Careter

Super Reviewer


Without a doubt my favourite Saw movie. The whole point of this movie, which I think some people miss, is to bring the standard "shock" of just how twisted some of the torture scenes are to a personal level. If you have kids, the themes hit you a little harder than any of the other themes in any other Saw movie. However, like every Saw movie, the plot becomes tiring as the twists and turns start to nauseate you rather than engross you. Slow down Bousman, my head hurts.

Unknown Hobo

Super Reviewer

Has alot of gore, but left feeling like any Saw movie made after this one would just start to get really boring and typical.

Eric Alvarez
Eric Alvarez

Super Reviewer

One problem I have always had with the SAW series is that this franchise should of just been a trilogy. Nothing more. This film, for numerous reasons, felt like the ending that the series should of had. Nothing more. Now, is this film as good as part II? No. Not at all. But, in some respects it is better then part I. Mostly due to the final details that were needed for understanding Jigsaw. With Darren Lynn Bousman returning as director, he does treat this film a little bit more recklessly then he did the previous film, but still is able to get the main story across. Now, my reaction to this film was that this is the true ending. Nothing more. The traps, while grisly and a little bit disturbing (not like hacking off feet, poking out your eyes, and being burnt alive is not disturbing), do get a little ridiculous as they go about and at times can be painful. But, still watchable if you can handle the previous two films. Now, for the directing. As I have said, Bousman does become a little bit sloppy with this film and did do some rather idiotic choice that just did not work with this film. Personally, somethings like a certain mysterious box that is never explained should have been removed. For me, it seemed like he was trying to copy Tarantino a little bit too much and that is just not cool. Well, I can say this at least (and a little heads up on the next film): he did do a better job with the budget then he did the next film. Acting, while Tobin Bell still proves that he is the best actor in the film series, I am going to have to give props to Shawnee Smith who plays Amanda Young. Now, this character is my second favorite out of the entire series due to one thing: this character understands her crimes before Jigsaw meet her and understands that she must pay for her sins by protecting and helping Jigsaw. But, why I am recognizing Ms. Smith is due to the fact that she makes Amanda as being this rather psychotic follower that is more terrifying then the traps and the film it self. For the script, as I have said before, seemed like that this was meant to be the end of it all. But, sadly, they had to continue on with more films. The script has some great closer to the characters of Amanda and Jigsaw, but fail on this film having a personal plot that is not a complete rehash on the previous films. This one had some potential, but does not live up to it. The score, nothing new here. Still the same old thing as the previous films. Overall, if you ever want to watch the SAW series, just watch I - III. That is the main trilogy and as a trilogy it works wells. Now, this being it's own film, it is not all that wonderful.

Zach Brehany
Zach Brehany

Super Reviewer

Saw III Quotes

Judge Halden:
Jeff! Just keep standing there, you're an accomplice to murder! Are you a murder?
Jeff Reinhart:
I've wanted to kill him everyday. For three years, I wanted to kill you. Yeah, maybe I am.
Judge Halden:
You'll lose your family. Your wife, your daughter!
– Submitted by Hunter H (18 months ago)
Jeff Reinhart:
I forgive you.
– Submitted by Rob B (3 years ago)
Dr. Lynn Denlon:
[before the surgery] Alright, John, I need you to keep your head to the side and keep still. What's going on here is your brain is pushing against your skull. I'm going to try and relieve the pressure by cutting away a little bit of your skull. It should help you with your headaches and drastically improve your motor skills. Do you understand?
All too well.
– Submitted by Rob B (3 years ago)
Dr. Lynn Denlon:
[while Amanda is comforting John] He can't hear you. He doesn't even know you're there.
– Submitted by Virginia L (3 years ago)
Please help! Please? I'm so cold. I can't feel my arms.
– Submitted by Virginia L (3 years ago)
If you make it through this, Lynn, you're going to thank me one day just as Amanda did.
– Submitted by Virginia L (3 years ago)

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