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Saw VI (2009)

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Average Rating: 4.3/10
Reviews Counted: 70
Fresh: 26 | Rotten: 44

It won't earn the franchise many new fans, but Saw VI is a surprising step up for what has become an intricately grisly annual tradition.

29

Average Rating: 3.6/10
Critic Reviews: 14
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 10

It won't earn the franchise many new fans, but Saw VI is a surprising step up for what has become an intricately grisly annual tradition.

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Average Rating: 3.3/5
User Ratings: 792,273

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Special Agent Strahm is dead, and Detective Hoffman has emerged as the unchallenged successor to Jigsaw's legacy. However, when the FBI draws closer to Hoffman, he is forced to set a game into motion, and Jigsaw's grand scheme is finally understood.

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Mystery & Suspense, Horror

Patrick Melton, Marcus Dunstan

Jan 26, 2010

$27.7M

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All Critics (74) | Top Critics (14) | Fresh (26) | Rotten (44) | DVD (8)

If you haven't followed the series up until now, there's not much point in trying to catch up.

October 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Village Voice | Comments (6)
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Yes: a horror movie about health insurance.

October 28, 2009 Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Comments (2)
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This script, by Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton, has a more lyrical bent, and a more satiric bite, than any of the other Saw sequels.

October 28, 2009 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
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The usual critiques apply: terrible acting, zero suspense, laughable logic and the promise of another one next year.

October 26, 2009 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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A film so frighteningly familiar it could well be called Saw It Already.

October 25, 2009 Full Review Source: Variety | Comments (6)
Variety
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The Saw series long ago cannibalized its cleverest bloodbath gimmicks, but now it's figured out a new way to torture us: by taking a barb-wire stab at political relevance.

October 23, 2009 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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Saw VI's story is now so ugly and bent out of shape, it's impossible to follow - more fool you for trying.

September 29, 2012 Full Review Source: TheShiznit.co.uk
TheShiznit.co.uk

It's strange that a few people have been saying that this entry is a step in the right direction for the franchise. The only right step this franchise could take would be to end.

September 24, 2012 Full Review Source: Examiner.com
Examiner.com

It's funny, but the thing that the series seems to have lost track of amidst all the soap opera and moralizing is the idea that these are horror films.

April 5, 2011 Full Review Source: HitFix
HitFix

Thrives on extreme, ghastly gore as its primary motivation, making all other concerns secondary; in essence, it's more an endurance test than it is a movie.

November 9, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Comment (1)
Common Sense Media

Don't have a desire to see victims ripped limb-from-limb, cut in half and watch their insides spill out onto the floor? Avoid Saw VI at all costs.

August 12, 2010 Full Review Source: CinemaBlend.com
CinemaBlend.com

Saw VI is the sixth Saw I've seen, and maybe the sickest.

July 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Georgia Straight

They keep reviving dead characters to keep the poor excuse for a story going. When will it all end? Jigsaw is dead, everyone's dead. Please make it stop! Paul Chambers, CNN.

January 31, 2010 Full Review Source: CNNRadio | Comments (6)
CNNRadio

Embora ainda não tenha assumido o tom de auto-paródia que eventualmente envolve toda franquia do gênero, a série já começou há muito a provocar risos involuntários.

January 18, 2010
Cinema em Cena

'Saw VI' proves to be the one to pull the series out of its tailspin. Film No. 6 is not only good, it's really good.

November 17, 2009 Full Review Source: Hollywood.com | Comment (1)
Hollywood.com

Would make a good co-feature with Michael Moore's 'Sicko,' as self-righteous maniac Jigsaw -- apparently a fan of the public option -- plays his bloody, lethal 'games' with health insurance professionals who deny coverage to the needy.

November 6, 2009 Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN) | Comments (2)
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

When torture porn becomes as snooze-inducing as lecture hall, it's time to call it a day.

November 3, 2009 Full Review Source: Horror Hacker | Comments (12)
Horror Hacker

A clear improvement over its two most recent predecessors...

November 1, 2009 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

A vast improvement over the previous two installments of the series taking on the health insurance industry in the series' first overtly political statement.

October 31, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Sight | Comments (2)
Cinema Sight

Saw movies and Halloween go together like ho and hum.

October 31, 2009 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC) | Comment (1)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

a welcome return to enjoyable horror fare for a series that seemed to have lost its way.

October 30, 2009 Full Review

It's been three films since they killed off Jigsaw, the putative psycho-killer of the Saw series of slasher films. So at this point, they literally are beating a dead horse.

October 30, 2009 Full Review Source: Jam! Movies | Comments (3)
Jam! Movies

Saw VI is, pardon the pun, a cut above the rest but not, sadly, by much.

October 30, 2009 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Editor-turned-director Kevin Greutert shows confidence behind the camera -- still, one can only hope that Jigsaw's gruesome Pecksniffian pedagogy gets a taste of its own blade soon.

October 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix
Boston Phoenix

For the next installment, I think Jigsaw should time travel into the past and mess with the ancestors of his enemies. That would be cool!

October 28, 2009 Full Review Source: Tucson Weekly | Comments (3)
Tucson Weekly

Audience Reviews for Saw VI

Okay...It's still good. But it's starting to feel like we aren't getting nowhere with the series. Once again I repeat...Killing Jigsaw so early was a big mistake. Hoffman is a great guy....But it's just not the same. Maybe it's good that the next one is the last one. We gotta move forward. Still good though. Brutal opening scene
September 18, 2011
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Martin Sahlin

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As much as I hate to admit it, this movie was actually pretty good. Although we are stuck with the one dimensional and frankly boring characters (Betsy Russell, Costas Mandylor) from the other movies that we kinda wanted to die already, atleast the sixth movie does something that the fifth did not and that is close some chapters that have been left open through out the entire span of the franchise that we were just waiting for. The traps were better than the last, even if the ending was kind of an anti-climax. If I hear "game over" one more time from someone who isn't Jigsaw, I may scream. Cue scream for Saw Seven. Bleh.
August 27, 2011
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Unknown Hobo

Super Reviewer

Now, this is what I am talking about! Okay, let me back up a bit. After SAW V, I started to have some hope that the film series might actually turn around. A little hopeful I was when thinking about that and after the previous films, you start to feel like the writers have finally understand what works and what doesn't. With SAW VI, they return to a method that works that includes some more expansion with the universe that there is. Plus, some of the acting is a little bit better, the directing is better, and the traps are not entirely as gruesome and pathetic, but there is at least one that even I found myself applauding at. Now, my main reaction to this film was hope. That feeling I had was due to how good this film is in terms of the series. Now, let's get down to the details. As I have said, Kevin Greutert gives the series some light in that he makes the film feel like it belongs by expanding the idea of Hoffman, gives us our new Antihero, and actually moves the film along. Now, the entire main trap plot I could of done without due to me not even caring about who is involved and what they do. Trust me: you would only want to see those parts if you like seeing the gore aspects. But, for the story, you will be cheering on the struggle between the characters of Hoffman and Jill as they both try to take over the legacy. They each have their own reasons and, while the aftermath might be the same, the way and reasons are what separates and it all comes down to who will do what is right: follow how it was suppose to go or do the complete opposite. Now for acting, I want to talk about Betsy Russell who portrays as Jigsaw's only true heir to the legacy and exwife. Her role in the film proves to me that she has true love for her husband's work and she wants to remain loyal to him. While Ms. Russell is not a good actress, she is not a terrible one at all. She does add a little bit of, I think the right word would be honor, yeah, she adds a bit of honor to the series by trying to keep those who are killed the same reason as her husband plus try to get rid of some people that might ruin the entire legacy even more. On the scale of Oscar acting or Razzie acting, she is in the middle, but more on with the Razzie end of the spectrum. The script, as I said, is better written then the previous one by adding more thrills then horror to the story. Plus, the entire idea of Hoffman against Jill, while it will be decided in the final film, does have something of an excitement if you allow yourself to be plunge into this world. And I like how paranoid Hoffman gets in the film. The score, why do I bother anymore with the score? It is basically the same one used over and over for all of the films with no one going around to try to make it different. Well, you can guess what I think of it just based on what I had written. Overall, this is a better entry in the series in terms to SAW IV - V, but this film is not as good as the original trilogy, but it is close.
July 30, 2011
Zach Brehany

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    1. Hoffman: By now you are feeling helpless...
    – Submitted by Jordan P (2 years ago)
    1. William: It's not my game...
    – Submitted by Rob B (3 years ago)
    1. Simone: Look at me. Look at my goddamn arm! What the fuck am I supposed to learn from this? Huh?
    – Submitted by Chris P (3 years ago)
    1. Jigsaw/John: You think it's the living who have ultimate judgment over you, because the dead will have no claim over your soul. But you may be mistaken.
    – Submitted by Chris P (3 years ago)
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