Saw II Reviews

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Time Out
February 9, 2006
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
January 7, 2006
| Original Score: D+
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
December 10, 2005
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AV Club
December 10, 2005
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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
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Susan Walker
Toronto Star
October 28, 2005
Quite possibly Saw II sheds enough blood to satisfy horror aficionados.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
October 28, 2005
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 | Original Score: 2/4
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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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John Anderson
Newsday
October 28, 2005
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 | Original Score: 0/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
October 28, 2005
Saw II has teeth, and this house-of-horrors franchise has legs, though they're manacled to the radiator.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
October 28, 2005
At the very least, with Saw II, you get what you pay for.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
October 28, 2005
The serpentine plot is logical; the acting is passable and the film creates a palpable atmosphere of paranoia and tension.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
October 28, 2005
Even hard-core horror can go too far. Saw II is as punishing as it gets. It's effective, all right, but to what end? Certainly not entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
October 28, 2005
I saw Saw, I saw Saw II, and I have lived to tell about it. Aren't you glad?
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
October 28, 2005
Saw II lacks quite a bit of the cutting edge that made the original such a guilty, grisly pleasure last year.
| Original Score: C
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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
October 28, 2005
The makers of Saw II have taken great pains to hide the twist ending to the film. I'd love to reveal it out of spite, only because it hints that I'll be sitting through another Saw sequel next year.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Tom Maurstad
Dallas Morning News
October 28, 2005
Saw II goes to great lengths to be smart and not just viscerally but intellectually provocative. An admirable ambition, but it just makes the movie even more silly when it fails so utterly in the effort.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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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
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
October 28, 2005
Saw II is not for the faint of heart. It's for the foolish of wallet.
Full Review | Original Score: .5/4
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Benjamin Strong
Village Voice
October 27, 2005
What's worth noting is how much greater deliberation was given to the marketing than the screenplay of this cursory dud, rushed to theaters exactly a year after its amusing predecessor.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
October 27, 2005
The most horrifying moment is saved for last: when you realize things have been obviously set up for yet another sequel.
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Mike Clark
USA Today
October 27, 2005
Essentially, this is one more movie that, regardless of its setting or even planet, exists to knock off its cast members one by one.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Laura Kern
New York Times
October 27, 2005
Saw II, directed by a newcomer, Darren Lynn Bousman, delivers practically humorless frights and hair-raising tension.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Kevin Crust
Los Angeles Times
October 27, 2005
For the most part the film succeeds in producing a frightening Halloween weekend experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
October 27, 2005
Although not as clever as the original, Saw II takes its cuts.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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David Hiltbrand
Philadelphia Inquirer
October 27, 2005
This is entertainment?
| Original Score: 1/4
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Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times
October 27, 2005
You'll be hard-pressed to find a shred of the perverse ingenuity that made Saw so effectively unnerving.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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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.
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Bob Longino
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
October 27, 2005
Saw fans -- and there are plenty -- will be pleased.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Gregory Kirschling
Entertainment Weekly
October 26, 2005
The contest is close, but Saw II is just barely a better B flick than Saw.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
October 21, 2005
If the machinations don't quite make the startling impact of those in the original, they also far outshine the pedestrian mayhem on display in the current horror glut.
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Robert Koehler
Variety
October 20, 2005
Cooking up new Rube Goldberg torture contraptions isn't enough to get Saw II out of the shadow of its unnerving predecessor.