Critic Consensus: Saw is more than nasty enough for genre junkies, but far too twisted, gory, and shallow for more discerning horror fans.
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Critic Reviews for Saw
How such a cruelly empty and infantile movie got made is mystery enough. More puzzling is why Cary Elwes, Danny Glover and Monica Potter would sign on as co-stars.
Though dumber than a box of rocks, Saw forges ahead with the kind of conviction and energy that will keep bad-cinema junkies sitting bolt upright.
Saw has art-house ambitions, but it's nothing but a glorified snuff film. I despised this movie.
Audience Reviews for Saw
A gruesome, perverse and uncomfortably macabre movie that is also really ingenious and gripping when it comes to the twisted motivations behind the killer's deeds, and the film ends with one of the most surprising and unpredictable scenes I can remember.
Apart from the many plot holes, I think this is decent gore film.
A gritty, dirty, and intense horror movie with superb acting from Leigh Whannel and Cary Elwes as two men chained inside an abandoned bathroom, wondering how they got there and why they are here. This movie gets a lot of bad rep for ceaseless violence and excessive gore, and gets unfairly coupled with "Hostel" because of this. It is definitely violent and not for all, but in terms of how the simple story is given layers and handled meticulously with backstories and flashbacks, you can not deny it is a good idea handled exceptionally well. In my opinion this is one of the better horror films of the 00's, with a twist ending that will knock you out cold. The score is also phenomenal, as it continually amps up the intensity (especially in the final act) to almost unbearable levels. Highly recommended if you like horror films.
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