Saw IV

Saw IV



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Saw IV Reviews

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Matthew Turner

The law of diminishing returns is in full effect here.

Full Review Source: ViewLondon | Original Score: 2/5

November 1, 2007
David N. Butterworth

The games, the traps, are still the thing and as long as Jigsaw's flunkies continue to build 'em, we will come.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 2/4

November 1, 2007
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

Perfunctory and confusing and needlessly over-plotty...but somewhat better-constructed and significantly less morally outrageous than at the very least Saw III.

Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy | Original Score: 2/10

October 31, 2007
Brent Simon

Despite the clucking disapproval of the cinematic intelligentsia, the Saw films aren't successful by accident.

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October 31, 2007
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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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 Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: D+

October 31, 2007
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Even by the not exactly high standards of the Saw movies, this one's scraping the bottom of the entrails pail.

Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC) | Original Score: 1.5/5

October 31, 2007
Jamie Russell

It's deeply unsettling; just like a horror movie should be.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 3/5

October 30, 2007
Ethan Alter
Film Journal International

The absurdity reaches new highs in Saw IV, which asks us to swallow developments that simply aren't logistically possible, never mind realistic.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

October 29, 2007
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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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 Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2/4

October 29, 2007
Robert Koehler
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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 Source: Variety

October 29, 2007
Ken Fox
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Those of us who quickly tired of the grisly fun and games midway through Saw II will resent the unnecessarily convoluted plotting and storylines that require a master's degree in Saw studies to make any sense.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 2/4

October 29, 2007
Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
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An incomprehensible cacophony of screams, shock cuts, dour pseudo-philosophizing, heavy metal mutilation and low-rent TV-standard performances.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 1.5/4

October 29, 2007
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Saw IV is a fluid film, as neatly constructed as the deadly puzzles Jigsaw creates to snare his victims.

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 3/4

October 29, 2007
Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
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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 Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 1/4

October 29, 2007
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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It's somewhat better put together than Saw II or III, though there isn't a scare in it.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 1/5

October 29, 2007
Kevin Williamson
Jam! Movies

Fortunately, amid all the slavishly photographed grotesquery, there's comic relief. It's called the script.

Full Review Source: Jam! Movies | Original Score: 1/5

October 29, 2007
Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
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The famously inventive torture sequences here seem depleted of imagination.

October 29, 2007
Stephen Cole
Globe and Mail
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The original Saw was crafted with thought and precision. Saw IV is an orgy of blood.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 1/4

October 29, 2007
Alex Markerson
E! Online

The series has essentially become a shell game, entertaining for a while if you can stomach the gore, and then the credits roll and you're pretty sure you've been cheated somehow.

Full Review Source: E! Online | Original Score: C+

October 29, 2007
John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
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The dullest Saw in the shed.

Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press | Original Score: 1/4

October 29, 2007
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