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Saw III Reviews

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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
February 3, 2007
Full Review | Original Score: 3/6
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Rob Nelson
Village Voice
November 7, 2006
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.'
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
November 3, 2006
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 | Original Score: C
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Randy Cordova
Arizona Republic
November 2, 2006
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 | Original Score: 1/5
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Nigel Floyd
Time Out
November 2, 2006
The second Saw sequel develops the mythology of sadistic puppet-master Jigsaw in ambitious, gruesome but ultimately self-defeating ways.
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Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
November 1, 2006
All told, this is a more affecting study in grief, guilt and human frailty than Babel.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
November 1, 2006
Admit it: It's not every horror film that can make you feel preached at and slimed at the same time.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Jason Anderson
Globe and Mail
October 30, 2006
Tedium eventually sets in again, the movie's murky visual schema and overly aggressive editing style marring any attempts at subtlety. Worse yet, the Jigsaw Killer remains a smug, unscary bore.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Michael Ordoņa
Los Angeles Times
October 30, 2006
More gore is really all III has to offer.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
October 30, 2006
Just like its increasingly wan antihero, this blood-soaked series is on its last legs.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
October 30, 2006
Saw III is nasty, repulsive, disgusting -- and loaded with enough viscera to probably sell at least $30 million worth of tickets this weekend.
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Tirdad Derakhshani
Philadelphia Inquirer
October 30, 2006
The question for moviegoers: Would you rather get your dose of existenz-philosophie from Dostoyevsky or a slasher flick?
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
October 30, 2006
Do you want to play a game? How about a really long, convoluted game that leads nowhere? The scariest thing about Saw III is how it seems like it's never going to end.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
October 30, 2006
Ee'll just entertain you by mentioning such extraneous details as a human skull being opened and probed, a naked woman being frozen to death, a man drowning in the ground-up carcasses of dead pigs ...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
October 30, 2006
The premise is bogus to anybody with all their albumen intact.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
October 30, 2006
As the creators of The X-Files learned and the people behind Lost are going to find out soon, you can only jerk around an audience... for so long before they start screaming in frustration and move on to something else.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Robert Koehler
Variety
October 30, 2006
A bigger problem lies with Leigh Whannell's script, which utilizes so many flashbacks and explanatory inserts that the tension, a defining feature of the first Saw, is lost.
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
October 30, 2006
What's remarkable about these movies is how much the craftsmanship degrades with each episode. This is a long, scrambled, indifferently made affair. There's no rhythm to the sequencing.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
October 30, 2006
Saw III is duller than a plastic steak knife.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
October 30, 2006
The inevitable deadening effects of repetition are beginning to infect the Saw franchise, now having produced its third installment in as many years.
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
October 28, 2006
Saw III, with its barrage of grungy rooms, mortified flesh and elaborate torture, is a highly creative exercise in bloodletting, with a bleak view of human nature.
| Original Score: 0.5/5
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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
October 27, 2006
Saw III was not prescreened for critics. It doesn't need to be. The midnight preview I attended last night was packed with folks who don't mind seeing Hollywood beat a dead horse.
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Steve Tilley
Toronto Sun
October 27, 2006
Saw III is gross and squirmy, but it's got a lot of brains and heart to go along with its guts. Better than Saw and Saw II combined.