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Saw Reviews

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Gary Wolcott
Tri-City Herald
October 31, 2014
The horror flick Saw started a chain-Saw of sequels and that is now one of the most successful of the chop-and-slash variety. It's not a bad way to spend a Halloween evening.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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David Germain
Associated Press
October 27, 2014
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.
James Christopher
Times (UK)
October 27, 2014
James Wan's horror film Saw is full of demented twists and guilty-looking actors, but the scenario is cruel enough to make you squirm.
Mike Goodridge
Screen International
October 27, 2014
Saw is a sub-Se7en B-movie serial killer chiller with more high concepts stuffed into its 100 minutes than it can handle.
David Gritten
Daily Telegraph (UK)
October 27, 2014
[A] contrived, unlovable gore-fest with a high-concept premise.
Matt Soergel
Florida Times-Union
October 27, 2014
It is all, of course, total nonsense. But for horror fans it's good nonsense, in the way that a creepy urban legend told by flashlight in a tent at 2 a.m. can be fine and dandy nonsense.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Peter Bradshaw
October 27, 2014
There's something impressively loathsome and extravagantly twisted about this horror-thriller from first-timer James Wan.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Derek Malcolm
London Evening Standard
October 27, 2014
As a study in the macabre, it barely suffices; as a sick and bloody joke, it's bloody sick.
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
October 27, 2014
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.
Sloan Freer
Radio Times
October 27, 2014
Just when you think you've got it sussed, the movie throws in some audacious twists, resulting in one of the most memorable climaxes in recent screen history.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

Total Film
October 27, 2014
A pared-down psychological thriller with an ingenious hook, this grubby little B-movie gets straight As for effort.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
November 15, 2011
Inventive and diverting entertainment for fans of moody horror mysteries. And the end is cool. Say no more.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
November 15, 2011
[Its] sadism is topped only by its absurdity.
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 28, 2010
More grisly than scary; not for kids.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
October 31, 2009
The horror genre takes a new direction using extreme violence to support a surprisingly evocative story of redemptive torture.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
"Saw" has it all. Gore, violence, an excellent script, and top notch tension all put together with a whopper of a horror outing.
Steve Biodrowski
January 20, 2009
Having lifted itself up so high in some ways, it's a shame that, in the end, the film sinks down to the level of just being another dumb horror movie.
Stacie Hougland
November 20, 2008
It's a brutal, vicious, well done psychological thriller that will leave you disturbed for days.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
October 18, 2008
The inconsistencies and incongruities mar the overall result, but it's a fierce enough premise to excite some investors to believe this team can do better and perhaps even bloodier.
Mark Halverson
Sacramento News & Review
August 7, 2008
The setup is gripping, and the suspense intense, but the third act -- the payoff for sitting through such harrowing material -- is a major misfire.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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