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Saw II Reviews

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Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
October 27, 2005
Saw II doesn't exhibit a steep decline in quality from its predecessor. Take that as you will.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
October 28, 2005
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 | Original Score: 2/5
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
October 28, 2005
No point in labeling this a horror film. This is a sadism film, and while all good and great horror films know what sadism tastes like, a sadism film settles for nothing of lasting, imaginative horror.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Michael Szymanski
October 27, 2005
When you feel most sorry for Jigsaw when it's all over with, there's maybe something wrong.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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David Hiltbrand
Philadelphia Inquirer
October 27, 2005
This is entertainment?
| Original Score: 1/4
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Christopher Orr
L.A. Weekly
October 27, 2005
Saw II repels, morally and aesthetically, and while some -- including the filmmakers, perhaps -- may take this as a compliment, it isn't intended as one.
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
October 28, 2005
Unable to deliver the single novel concept or unexpected surprise that might justify its existence.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Eric D. Snider
October 28, 2005
It lacks the sick imagination of the first film, the demented audacity of its twisted scenarios.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Brian Orndorf
October 27, 2005
In the long run, Saw II is a better film than the original, but that's like saying being kicked in the groin is better than being punched in the face.
Full Review | Original Score: D-
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
May 12, 2006
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
September 27, 2007
Quite hideous.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/10
Rob Gonsalves
August 18, 2007
The ornate sadism isn't enough to carry our interest this time around.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
December 10, 2005
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 | Original Score: 0/4
Frank Ochieng
Movie Eye
November 7, 2005
The raucous results: Saw II is a shameless spectacle of squirming and squealing without maintaining much solid suspense in its warped, blood-clotting heart
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Rob Humanick
Projection Booth
January 17, 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 | Original Score: C-
Staci Layne Wilson
February 12, 2006
Ultimately uninteresting.
Brent Simon
Now Playing Magazine
October 28, 2005
Eventually ... the movie benefits from the courageousness of some atypical story choices, and rallies to a passingly respectable if still extremely middling standing.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Willie Waffle
October 27, 2005
Saw II almost was a total loss until the end, which almost saves the movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)
October 29, 2005
An ugly, joyless horror movie that deserves to be tossed into the business end of 1988's "Woodchipper Massacre."
Full Review | Original Score: D-
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
October 27, 2005
...the premise of the second is hackneyed, its acting weak, its score thudding and its direction and production values low rent
Full Review | Original Score: D
Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons
January 15, 2008
Gary Dowell
Baltimore City Paper
January 22, 2010

Boston Phoenix
December 10, 2005
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
December 10, 2005
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AV Club
December 10, 2005

Sydney Morning Herald
January 17, 2006
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Time Out
February 9, 2006
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