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Saw V (2008)


Average Rating: 2.9/10
Reviews Counted: 73
Fresh: 9
Rotten: 64

Critics Consensus: If its plot were as interesting as its torture devices, or its violence less painful than its performances, perhaps Saw V might not feel like it was running on fumes.

Average Rating: 2.7/10
Reviews Counted: 17
Fresh: 1
Rotten: 16

Critics Consensus: If its plot were as interesting as its torture devices, or its violence less painful than its performances, perhaps Saw V might not feel like it was running on fumes.


Average Rating: 3.4/5
User Ratings: 238,365


Movie Info

Jigsaw (Tobin Bell) might be dead, but his traps live on in this fifth Saw entry, which finds the series' production designer David Hackl at the helm for his debut directing gig. Costas Mandylor reprises his role as Hoffman, the detective whose involvement in the string of grisly murders turns out to be more than meets the eye. Picking up where the fourth entry left off, Hoffman is revealed to be a hidden accomplice in Jigsaw's grisly games of death, which look to be continued by the lawman. The … More

R (for sequences of grisly bloody violence and torture, language and brief nudity)
Action & Adventure , Horror
Directed By:
Written By:
Patrick Melton , Marcus Dunstan
In Theaters:
Jan 20, 2009
Box Office:
Lionsgate - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Saw V

All Critics (76) | Top Critics (17) | Fresh (9) | Rotten (64) | DVD (9)

Saw V is a terrible combination: grisly and tedious. Let's just call it bloody dull.

Full Review… | October 30, 2008
USA Today
Top Critic

Even the most die-hard of Saw fans won't credit how tedious, lame and pointless this fourth sequel manages to be.

Full Review… | October 27, 2008
Time Out
Top Critic

Saw V isn't anywhere close to the best Saw movie, but it makes the entire series coalesce a little bit better.

Full Review… | October 27, 2008
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Woefully ponderous, convoluted and improbable.

Full Review… | October 27, 2008
Toronto Star
Top Critic

Oh, Jigsaw. Here we go again. You kill. I doze off. Someone at the studio goes 'ka-ching!'

Full Review… | October 27, 2008
Boston Globe
Top Critic

The latest and least of the Saw films is just plain boring and even a little tame -- albeit by the standards of a genre that helped bring the phrase "torture porn" into the lexicon.

Full Review… | October 27, 2008
New York Times
Top Critic

The best thing about this-and any-Saw film is the sick production design. Whoever's responsible for creating these disgustingly grungy chambers of death deserves an Oscar for scuzziness.

Full Review… | February 15, 2013

See you next year, I guess. Sigh.

Full Review… | October 14, 2012

Será que os fãs da série não percebem que o conceito dos flashbacks e de mexer com a cronologia dos capítulos anteriores é uma forma encontrada pelos produtores para que possam refazer o original de novo e de novo e de novo?

January 17, 2010
Cinema em Cena

A disappointing film that breaks all of the series' own rules.

Full Review… | October 31, 2009
Cinema Sight

Saw V? You'll wish you hadn't.

Full Review… | August 1, 2009

This is definitely the worst film of the series, and probably the worst horror film I've seen all year.

Full Review… | February 11, 2009
Film School Rejects

An insult to fourth-rate ripoffs of Se7en, and even that may not be harsh enough.

Full Review… | January 20, 2009
Projection Booth

Being the fifth annual go-round for this durable splatter franchise, this film has really no power to change any minds.

Full Review… | December 30, 2008

...hardcore fans of Jigsaw's exploits will probably find something here worth embracing.

Full Review… | December 15, 2008
Reel Film Reviews

A cut above its pretentious predecessors; the graphic set-pieces -- including an opening inspired by Poe's 'The Pit and the Pendulum' -- deliver the gory goods.

Full Review… | November 21, 2008
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

Square in the middle of the series, quality-wise: though the new film has some unabashedly dumb moments, its plot lacks the pathetic contortions that we saw in Saw IV

Full Review… | October 31, 2008
Antagony & Ecstasy

Saw V or High School Musical 3? Make your choice. All of a sudden, picking between self-mutilation and disembowelment doesn't sound so frightening, does it?

Full Review… | October 31, 2008
Jam! Movies

Saw V may still have the power to make audiences squirm, but only for the most obvious reasons.

Full Review… | October 31, 2008
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)

Nails? Where else but in a Saw movie can a puzzle-minded sadist cobble together elaborate torture contraptions from the same Home Depot that provides his replacement windows and his garage storage solution?

Full Review… | October 31, 2008

The ad campaign for Saw V assures the viewer, 'You won't believe how it ends.' This is true, because you won't believe it could possibly be this lame.

Full Review… | October 30, 2008
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Yes, it's more of the same. But if you've been 'Saw'-ing away for the last four years, why not take in 'Saw V?'

Full Review… | October 29, 2008
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

The death of nearly every character in the franchise isn't enough to prevent the makers from grinding out another edition of Saw. Could they just finish the job?

Full Review… | October 29, 2008
E! Online

The law of diminishing returns is in full effect here.

Full Review… | October 29, 2008

The Saw movies have a convoluted storyline for the same reason Playboy has articles. It gives the consumer an easy excuse.

Full Review… | October 28, 2008

Audience Reviews for Saw V

Well it looks like its gonna go on and on this franchise,
yet more weird and wonderful traps of torture and death but some are getting slightly unimaginative these days. The plot twists n turns like a slippery eel and includes plenty of flashbacks referring to the previous flicks and shows how 'Jigsaw' did stuff. Kinda interesting but to be honest I have forgotten what happened in all of the last 3 films (I only remember the first films plot line really) so this makes this fifth film hard to follow haha.

Lets be honest here...the films thing is gruesome traps, thats why we are here, and to be honest (again) as said they are good but getting less visionary. The best being a really wincing blood letting test near the end for a woman and man and the final trap being REALLY nasty for the pursuing cop...but you don't see the whole sick outcome as the this is where the film ends very abruptly..shame.

Not bad but getting atad too long in the tooth now, it should end.

Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer


Saw 5 is better than Saw 4, but its still just another Saw film that dissapointed me. The story was ok, I enjoyed the detail on Hoffmans story in past films, and the story that follows the five victims, but it just felt hollow like now they aren't even trying. The cast is another cast from Saw, they are just paid to talk like they are smart and scream when being tortured. The gore is great, its one of the goriest in the entire series. This was not the best Saw film, but it was an improvement over the fourth film.

Jim Careter

Super Reviewer

This movie just drags and drags, delivering very little. All we seem to be seeing is the other movies again and again, fragmented and foggy. Everything you think you knew about the other movies and their chronology is just being undone and not in a gritty, head mess kinda way but in a really frustrating "you should have left it how it was" kinda way. A complete mess of a movie with one star for the brand and the other for the acting, which was as always great, but great actors cannot make a terrible storyline good.

Unknown Hobo

Super Reviewer


After the abomination that was SAW IV, this film does redeem the previous film a bit. Getting a new director, this film does what, in my opinion, part IV should have done: build on the entire legacy of Jigsaw by showing us how his Disciples carry out the work that Jigsaw created while, at the same time, giving us some more background as to who the first victim is, what caused him to finally snap, and above all else, help us understand the logic behind him and his mad world. Now, the crew for this film is filled with what the other films had: a bunch of unknown actors (aside from Tobin Bell), a rather bad script (that is better then the previous film's), and a bit more of a budget. Now, my reaction to this film was something like a breath of fresh air after the previous abomination. Just, seeing the film and knowing that its would be moving on and not detailing another side of part III, this film gave me some relief. Even more with rather fast pacing and the entire subplot of Jigsaw. Now, lets get down to the details. For directing, we have David Hackl at the helm. He does okay in this film with direction and for keeping with the new way the film series has taken. And, what you may ask is the new way? Why, that is simple: forget the plot and just show us blood, guts, and gore while giving us back story on Jigsaw. Now, while I love hearing more of a story then a plot, I have to take into consideration that now the films do not have that at all. Beyond pitiful in my opinion. There should of been more. But, this is just the way it has taken. Now, for the traps, they are a tad bit more gruesome, but more original. This film has something of the same feel of part II in terms of the traps with having a group of people that must work together to get out. Now, I would rate this film higher is some of the parts to this trap were more realistic, but now there is nothing realistic in the series. With acting, while most of it sucks, the only half decent actor that would be in the next three films would be Costas Madylor. Now, he is not a good actor at all. Defiantly not. But, seeing as how the next few films surround him, I might as well talk about him and his character. For the most part, his character is just a brutal version of Amanda from the first three. With him taking over the legacy of Jigsaw, he does the one thing that he should of never done: bastardize it completely. But, I will get more to him some other time. Now, the script I kind of like due to the fact that, while as I said we get more information on Jigsaw, he start to see what happens when his followers decide to take the legacy into their own hands. So, for trying to reestablish a story into this saga of gruesome and torture, I will give them some credit. But, that credit is next to worthlessness. For the score, it is the same as the previous films. So, nothing really to talk about there. Overall, this film is better then part four, but no where near as good as the original trilogy.

Zach Brehany
Zach Brehany

Super Reviewer

Saw V Quotes

My god it's a hook!
Just stick it in the head, God-dammit!
– Submitted by Wouter V (2 years ago)
I am fucking relaxed!
– Submitted by Rob B (3 years ago)
What did you do?
You go first.
– Submitted by Rob B (3 years ago)
I am the man you call 'Jigsaw.'
– Submitted by Rob B (3 years ago)
You didn't see the blood! You didn't see what he fucking did to her!
– Submitted by Rob B (3 years ago)
If you're good at anticipating the human mind, it leaves nothing to chance.
– Submitted by Rob B (3 years ago)

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