Saw V Reviews

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November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
October 30, 2008
Saw V is a terrible combination: grisly and tedious. Let's just call it bloody dull.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Nigel Floyd
Time Out
October 27, 2008
Even the most die-hard of Saw fans won't credit how tedious, lame and pointless this fourth sequel manages to be.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
October 27, 2008
Saw V isn't anywhere close to the best Saw movie, but it makes the entire series coalesce a little bit better.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ben Rayner
Toronto Star
October 27, 2008
Woefully ponderous, convoluted and improbable.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
October 27, 2008
Oh, Jigsaw. Here we go again. You kill. I doze off. Someone at the studio goes 'ka-ching!'
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
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Nathan Lee
New York Times
October 27, 2008
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 | Original Score: 1/5
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Luke Y. Thompson
L.A. Weekly
October 24, 2008
Unfortunately, both Mandylor and Scott Patterson, who returns as fellow Saw IV survivor Agent Strahm, are uninteresting stiffs
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Robert Koehler
Variety
October 24, 2008
The periodic traps set for five new victims, all linked by a rotten real-estate deal, are neither as terrifying nor as yucky as in the earlier films. The only real horror in these scenes, in fact, is the jaw-droppingly bad acting on display.
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
October 24, 2008
The creatives behind the franchise clearly have taken pride in their stylistic consistency throughout the series, but here they even fail to deliver enough of the cleverly gruesome Rube Goldberg torture devices that are its raison d'etre.
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Gregory Kirschling
Entertainment Weekly
October 24, 2008
Saw V is dead on the table.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
October 24, 2008
The driving force is inertia and commercial calculation, not inspiration.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
October 24, 2008
Thank goodness Lionsgate made another Saw film! Otherwise, how would we as a country get to feel good about ourselves while watching humans suffer through prolonged torture, degradation and death?
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Sam Adams
Los Angeles Times
October 24, 2008
It's not a good sign when watching someone stick their hand into a table saw is easier than listening to them recite dialogue.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/5
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
October 24, 2008
The torture devices, once so fiendishly adapted to each offender, have become generic excuses to spatter gore. The script is insultingly lazy, and inept direction from newcomer David Hackl hardly helps.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
October 24, 2008
Saw V utterly mimics the original film's formula -- that awful basement, those cops chasing clues in what we assume to be the same time-frame, those awful devices of death.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Arizona Republic
October 24, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5