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Saw II (2005)


Average Rating: 4.6/10
Reviews Counted: 117
Fresh: 42
Rotten: 75

Critics Consensus: Saw II is likely to please the gore-happy fans of the original, though it may be too gruesome for those not familiar with first film's premise.

Average Rating: 3.8/10
Reviews Counted: 29
Fresh: 6
Rotten: 23

Critics Consensus: Saw II is likely to please the gore-happy fans of the original, though it may be too gruesome for those not familiar with first film's premise.


Average Rating: 3.2/5
User Ratings: 32,519,878


Movie Info

Jigsaw, the diabolical criminal who captured the imagination of horror fans in the 2004 hit Saw, returns in this equally bloody sequel. Eric Matthews (Donnie Wahlberg) is a police detective who, after discovering the aftermath of a particularly gruesome murder, is convinced that Jigsaw (Tobin Bell) is up to his ugly tricks again. Matthews' hunch turns out to be correct, but the master criminal proves to be disconcertingly easy to capture. As it happens, Jigsaw is eager to be put behind bars in … More

R (for grisly violence and gore, terror, language and drug content)
Mystery & Suspense , Horror
Directed By:
Written By:
Darren Lynn Bousman , Leigh Whannell
In Theaters:
Feb 14, 2006
Box Office:
Lions Gate Films - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Saw II

All Critics (124) | Top Critics (32) | Fresh (42) | Rotten (75) | DVD (30)

In a fun house like this the elaborate tortures seem to leave behind the real world of pain and suffering for the realm of slapstick; they're the kind of horrors that make you scream and laugh at the same time.

Full Review… | December 10, 2005
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Quite possibly Saw II sheds enough blood to satisfy horror aficionados.

Full Review… | October 28, 2005
Toronto Star
Top Critic

As it was in the first Saw, audiences are faced with insane leaps in logic that sabotage the last part of the film.

Full Review… | October 28, 2005
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Saw II only has one ambition -- to make us squirm. And it does. Just don't be surprised if you need to switch to an electric razor after this.

Full Review… | October 28, 2005
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

Saw II -- better-acted than its predecessor, which isn't saying much -- is so gratuitously, sadistically violent, and to such little end, that it finally falls over dead on the far side of obscene.

Full Review… | October 28, 2005
Top Critic

Saw II has teeth, and this house-of-horrors franchise has legs, though they're manacled to the radiator.

October 28, 2005
New York Post
Top Critic

The film doesn't take the direction most sequels do and manages to adequately follow up the original.

Full Review… | October 31, 2009
Cinema Sight

In every way superior to its predecessor in terms of performances, story, characterization, gore, and climax.

Full Review… | April 29, 2009
Cinema Crazed

like the story, hate the directing

July 5, 2008

A Reloaded style one-up in which more people are trapped in bigger places and forced to perform scarier tasks with nastier results. Wow.

Full Review… | January 17, 2008
Projection Booth

Quite hideous.

Full Review… | September 27, 2007
Antagony & Ecstasy

The ornate sadism isn't enough to carry our interest this time around.

Full Review… | August 18, 2007

By no means a masterpiece of the genre, but it's a slickly made picture that more than delivers on the promise made on its poster--oh yes, there will be blood.

Full Review… | March 1, 2007
Film Journal International

Ultimately uninteresting.

Full Review… | February 12, 2006

The slaughter in Saw II is pretty much non-stop, but you always see it coming. The movie's not really that scary, just gross in what by now is a fairly routine way.

Full Review… | February 7, 2006

It's an unpleasant film with grotesque imagery, but Nine Inch Nails' "Closer" video is more unsettling than this mostly predictable bloodbath.

Full Review… | December 12, 2005
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema

Saw 2 gives talented, creepy-looking character actor Tobin Bell the chance to shine again as the cancer-ridden serial killer.

Full Review… | December 10, 2005

A grimy and relentless portrayal of high-tension cruelty that's excruciating to watch but as riveting as a nail gun to the nut sack.

Full Review… | December 10, 2005

Saw II feels like an episode of Fear Factor or Big Brother with Rob Zombie at the helm, and if that doesn't scare you away from this ridiculous movie, well, feel free to indulge your questionable tastes.

Full Review… | December 10, 2005
Premiere Magazine

Saw II is a nasty piece of work ...

Full Review… | December 10, 2005
Austin Chronicle

... a sequel that shows some of the same boldness and intellect of the first one.

Full Review… | December 10, 2005
Film Threat

This macabre follow-up to 2004's low-budget horror smash can't rival its predecessor's fiendish ingenuity. But it makes up for it with a deliciously devious plot and enough gory shocks for a dozen Halloweens.

Full Review… | December 10, 2005

To enjoy Saw II, one must have enjoyed Saw. This is a given. As to which is better, this is a fairly pointless question given how bad both of these movies are.

Full Review… | December 10, 2005
Boxoffice Magazine

[Jigsaw] is like John Keating from Dead Poet's Society, if Keating used hypodermic needles and hacksaws instead of Walt Whitman.

Full Review… | December 10, 2005
Film Threat

Ainda que relativamente engenhoso, o roteiro depende excessivamente de coincidências e revela-se pouco original, além de não conseguir criar um único personagem com quem o público possa se identificar.

December 4, 2005
Cinema em Cena

Audience Reviews for Saw II


I suppose that I am watching this for the sake of continuity.

Wildaly M

Super Reviewer

I didn't think they could do a sequal so diffrent from the first one...but still this good. And the twist at the end....I don't see how it could be possible to see that one coming...great stuff

Martin Sahlin

Super Reviewer


Saw 2 is the sequel to the incredible first installment, and to be honest I was sort of dissapointed. The plot of the film was not even close to the twists and secrets of the first, but although it didn't live up to the first it still had some really cool and surprising moments. The cast was just okay to me, there were way too many cast members in this, I loved how the torturing in the first was only two guys, but now we have like 7 people being trapped and it made it lose it touch. There was a lot more blood and gore, which was really better and nail biting. The ending connected the first film and second together and i'm beginning to realize this series is one big story, which I think is cool, and even though this wasn't as good as the first, I enjoyed it and I hope when I watch the third film it will get better.

Jim Careter

Super Reviewer


After watching Saw 1, I was pleasantly suprised and was desperate to watch Saw 2, then go through all of them in order. That plan did fall through, but I did stay up all night and watch Saw 2 - possibly one of the few films that can join the 'Sequels Better Than The Original' Club. It was a lot better! There was more gore, rather than pathetically hiding it, it had 2 big plot twists near the end and Jigsaw's looming menace worked a treat, even though he was in front of 20 cops!

The traps in the film, including a furnace, a blade box, a door and various others, were rather clever and seemed realistic while still quite violent. Throw in the air of mistrust, a search for a link between all of the 'subjects' and some Saw 1 references, and you have a general sum up of the film.


The one thing the film lacked was a near end scene like in Saw 1, with a big chase, and all out battle to the death amongst various characters. Instead, you get one of the characters going insane and trying to kill everyone to find a number on their neck that would become part of a combination to open a safe. Although quite tense it did seem rather funny in a "WHY THE HELL ARE YOU DOING THAT?!?" sense when he can't trust anyone and cuts the number of his own neck to see it, before dying of blood loss!

Another moment of stupidity is where one of the characters is trying to find an antidote for a poison in a box. She puts one hand in to grab the antidote, drops it, tries to remove her hand to find that it is trapped by 4 blades. She then thinks it's a great idea to puts the other hand in to get the spilt antidote and fails, ending up getting stuck!

Backing away from spoilers now, the film is all-round very tense, especially near the end, and in a way, by having a similar ending but with some very unfamiliar twists, the film became much more creepy and intense than the first.

Just to sum up how good I thought the film was, I WILL be watching the rest of the Saw Septology!

BG Movie Reviews
BG Movie Reviews 2011

Super Reviewer

Saw II Quotes

Now that's the Eric Matthews they gave medals to.
– Submitted by Wesley W (17 months ago)
Don't forget the rules.
– Submitted by Wesley W (17 months ago)
I guess you never been drunk before.
I been drunk I spent 3 years in college. This isn't drunk, this is kidnapping. I saw this movie last week, this guy is a reporter and he goes to this war zone. He goes to sleep in his hotel room the first night, the next morning, he's in a cell with no windows and no light and he spent 9 years in that room.
9 years? Man, that's nothing. Get over it!
– Submitted by Hunter H (18 months ago)
Those who do not appreciate life do not deserve life.
– Submitted by Nicolas T (2 years ago)
Oh, yes, there will be blood.
– Submitted by Bria M (2 years ago)
Keep fucking looking. Come on, come on!
No, fuck you!
– Submitted by Rob B (3 years ago)

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