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Saw IV (2007)

TOMATOMETER

Average Rating: 3.7/10
Reviews Counted: 76
Fresh: 13
Rotten: 63

Critics Consensus: Saw IV is more disturbing than compelling, with material already seen in the prior installments.

Average Rating: 2.7/10
Reviews Counted: 20
Fresh: 0
Rotten: 20

Critics Consensus: Saw IV is more disturbing than compelling, with material already seen in the prior installments.

AUDIENCE SCORE

Average Rating: 3.5/5
User Ratings: 568,119

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Movie Info

Just when audiences thought they'd heard the last of the demented killer Jigsaw (Tobin Bell), here comes Saw IV, continuing his trap-filled legacy -- this time, targeting the last remaining officer who has touched the case, SWAT Commander Rigg (Lyriq Bent). As FBI agents Strahm (Scott Patterson) and Perez (Athena Karkanis) begin to dig through the remains of Jigsaw's crime-scene hideout, a new puzzle presents itself, with Rigg as the pawn in another deadly game filled with moral quandaries and … More

Rating:
R (for sequences of grisly bloody violence and torture throughout, and for language)
Genre:
Mystery & Suspense , Horror
Directed By:
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Written By:
Patrick Melton , Marcus Dunstan
In Theaters:
On DVD:
Jan 22, 2008
Box Office:
$63.3M
Runtime:
Lionsgate Films - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Saw IV

All Critics (82) | Top Critics (21) | Fresh (13) | Rotten (63) | DVD (16)

Like the movie's mysterious Jigsaw doppelgänger, Saw IV is itself a poor substitute for the original (or even the first two sequels).

Full Review… | November 1, 2007
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic

The reports of torture porn's demise may have been greatly exaggerated, but this fourth entry in the mutilate-yourself-or-die series joins what may be the worst genre of the decade: the lamely ''sympathetic'' serial-killer backstory.

Full Review… | October 31, 2007
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

This death trap may be rusty, but as long as it keeps generating fresh blood, it's unlikely to slam shut anytime soon.

Full Review… | October 29, 2007
New York Daily News
Top Critic

Just as Jigsaw tests his victims, the franchise's own test will be whether such suspension can be maintained, or if matters lapse into a torture chamber of self-parody.

Full Review… | October 29, 2007
Variety
Top Critic

An incomprehensible cacophony of screams, shock cuts, dour pseudo-philosophizing, heavy metal mutilation and low-rent TV-standard performances.

Full Review… | October 29, 2007
Toronto Star
Top Critic

The Syriana of slasher films, so complicated and circuitous that your only hope of understanding everything is to eat lots of fish the night before and then watch each of the previous films, in order, right before you enter the theater.

Full Review… | October 29, 2007
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

The first thing you see in Saw IV is Jigsaw's balls. A sign of things to come? Most definitely.

Full Review… | November 3, 2012
TheShiznit.co.uk

There's the obligatory twist at the end, which hardly makes up for the excruciating boredom viewers are forced to endure. But, hey, if you're paying for torture, expect to suffer.

Full Review… | July 7, 2010

We now find ourselves in the downward slope of the Saw series as Saw IV stretches credibility to the breaking point.

Full Review… | October 31, 2009
Cinema Sight

Jigsaw is an interesting character with an interesting worldview and an interesting way of carrying out his will. It's too bad the movies themselves aren't worthy of him.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
eFilmCritic.com

This gruesomely efficient horror sequel shows noticeable wear and tear.

Full Review… | July 23, 2008
Screendaily

I do wish that these movies were well made, because I actually think the premises are quite clever, but unless a veteran who is more confident in his abilities takes over, we are left with what could have been...

Full Review… | July 22, 2008
Sin Magazine

Poor Jigsaw. The architect of the most deadly traps ever committed to celluloid has endured inoperable cancer, a debilitating car crash and even the premature death of his son, but nothing as painful or degrading as 'Saw IV.'

April 10, 2008
San Francisco Examiner

... any serious consideration of the killer's fascination with violence is superseded by the director's (and the returning viewers') own sadistic pleasures.

Full Review… | February 27, 2008
DVD Review

Outro típico exemplar da série: o final, como de hábito, é até engenhoso, mas a fórmula cada vez mais desgastada exige paciência até que cheguemos a ele.

January 8, 2008
Cinema em Cena

Whereas the first Saw and the third met the right balance, the second film and now the fourth push things a little too far and end up being less effective as a result.

Full Review… | December 26, 2007
MovieCrypt.com

Were it not for the saving grace of Tobin Bell's mere presence, there's little doubt that Saw IV would come off about as well as a typical straight-to-video horror sequel.

Full Review… | November 21, 2007
Reel Film Reviews

Torture, you may recall, used to be an unparsable, unpardonable sin. Now it's porn.

Full Review… | November 17, 2007
Austin Chronicle

Like many villains before him, John turns out to have been wronged rather randomly, an act of terrible violence that he absorbs into his worldview.

Full Review… | November 14, 2007
Common Sense Media

Opens with the clinically graphic dissection of the deceased Jigsaw, who finally lives up to (dies down to?) his name by being separated into pieces...

Full Review… | November 9, 2007
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

Might be the best since the first, but still a task to watch. A painful, meaningless task.

Full Review… | November 4, 2007
Reno News and Review

Previously, Jigsaw and the filmmakers played fair, but too much about this latest instalment seems simply arbitrary.

Full Review… | November 3, 2007
Empire Magazine

Stultifying in its pseudo-sensationalistic schlock, this numbingly and nightmarish narrative has no legitimate creepy conviction beyond flexing its meaningless, morose muscles

Full Review… | November 1, 2007
World Voice News

There's more gore in store. Now here's "Saw IV."

Full Review… | November 1, 2007
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

The puzzles in this movie and the infinite number of sequels which have already been queued behind it have been designed to tear the dead presidents from your wallet like a sobriety chip from the shaky palm of Lindsay Lohan.

Full Review… | November 1, 2007
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Audience Reviews for Saw IV

Saw IV is a bad film to make, and I know realize they should have stopped making Saw films after the first one. The plot is very boring, after the second film I thought "oh cool, this will all be one big story," but now I realize they are running out of ideas and are now making crappy sequels just to make money, and i mean come om, I know I am stupid for just realizing this, but where the hell do they have the time to make all these torture contraptions. The cast was just plain bad and they all were not even close as good as the original Saw film, and I like them less with each Saw film I watch. The torture scenes are still really gory, and they keep to their name of being a gory film, but its seems like that the movie is completely focusing on the torture scenes. I am watching the Saw films for the first time, so i have been watching them and now I have just finished the fourth, and I can tell you right now that I liked the endings of the first three, but this ending was not even close to as surprising as those films, and I was very disappointed. Saw 4 is just another Saw film, and even though I enjoyed the first film, I really have not come to enjoy the series, and I expect the more Saw films I watch, the more disappointed I will be.

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DreamExtractor
Jim Careter

Super Reviewer

½

This is one of my least favourite Saw movies and that depresses me because it has a lot of good in it, yet somehow between trying to give us the history of John Kramer (Jigsaw) and keep up with the usual inovative gore fest that we know, I think this movie got a little lost along the way. It seemed hurried, overplotted and fragmented at times with a confusing ending that never really tied up any of the loose strings of the other movies, like the three before it did so splendidly. Disappointing.

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theunknownhobo
Unknown Hobo

Super Reviewer

Okay, let me just ask this: What the hell happened?!?!?! Seriously, this film should of never been made. Okay, let me breath for a few seconds before I continue. Alrighty. The first three films told a complete story. Simple as that. But, may I ask who decided to make a film that is not only a continuation of the third film but is actually worse? It is times like this that I wish that film companies would of just held back on making films just for money. But, at the same time, two things are taken into account with why this film turned out as bad as it did. For starters, none of the original writers of this film worked on the writing. Why? Because they were off making the mediocre and better horror film Dead Silence. Now, this film is cheap looking at the budget was not used well with this film. Now, the reason for the budget not being that good is simple: While this film was being made, another movie was borrowing the budget so it could be made. The film that was being made was Repo! The Genetic Opera (a BEYOND better film that is extremely original). So, due to a lack of budget and the original creators not even working on this film, I think it can be safe to say that this is the bastard child of the franchise. Now, lets' start with the details of this film. With direction, Bousman gives one of his worst jobs with this film and that is sad seeing as how this is the last film in the series he would be working on. My main problem is that he worried too much about the gore factor and tried to create more of a plot with the film then what there already was. Well, the end result was not, at all, pretty. Just, there was so much non-needed parts with this film that this would of been better if edited. Now for the acting. One thing that would start happening with the series that caused the main downfall would be the idea of having one person that be the victim and him or her being the ones that will have to do the killing to save themselves. Now, while this might have worked, this film was the draft for how that would of been and it is just awful. Now acting. For the most part, the acting was not at all good. I mean, yeah I know that now the series was just going for the gore factor, but this is now ridiculous and even improbable. What made me like the previous films was that those traps could actually happen in real life. In real life, you could do something like hack off your foot, be in a torture house, and could have an entire necklace with guns attached to your head. Those can happen and they added a touch of reality to the entire series. now, with this film, it is all implausible to even happen. Very disappointing. The script, same as I said: nothing at all new. Just pointless dialogue and subplots that amount to nothing but just filler. Same with the score. Overall, this film I pity due to how bad it is and how it was made. The producers and Bouseman should of looked at the film, realize that they would be spewing their names in dirt with it, and just discarded it.

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Zach Brehany
Zach Brehany

Super Reviewer

It was ok. Another horrible and gory film and they all seem to get more and more disgusting each time.

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murphmann93
Bethany Murphy

Super Reviewer

Saw IV Quotes


Tracy:
What you can't do, is save everyone.
– Submitted by Rob B (3 years ago)
Cecil:
I don't have a fucking soul.
– Submitted by Rob B (3 years ago)
Agent Strahm:
Girl loves boy, Boy loves girl. Boy gets girl pregnant, Girl loses baby... boy turns into a serial killer. Jill, I'm not buying it.
– Submitted by Rob B (3 years ago)
Jigsaw/John:
You don't want to do that.
Cecil:
The fuck's your problem?
Jigsaw/John:
You're my problem... and you're becoming everybody else's too.
– Submitted by Rob B (3 years ago)
Art:
I recommend that you stay alive until the fucking... clock counts down.
– Submitted by Rob B (3 years ago)
Agent Perez:
Who's he?
Hoffman:
Lieutenant Rigg, the SWAT commander.
Agent Strahm:
What's his problem?
Hoffman:
Everyone around him keeps dying.
– Submitted by Rob B (3 years ago)

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