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Saw Reviews

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October 28, 2004
Why don't serial killers just kill people anymore?
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
October 29, 2004
An efficiently made thriller, cheerfully gruesome, and finally not quite worth the ordeal it puts us through.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
December 28, 2010
More grisly than scary; not for kids.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
October 29, 2004
[Saw is] spoiled by its own insatiable desire for envelope-pushing flair; it's wider-scoped when it should be intimate, splashy instead of subtle, icky but not scary.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
November 1, 2004
Saw has art-house ambitions, but it's nothing but a glorified snuff film. I despised this movie.
October 28, 2004
The film is a squeamish exercise, like watching a cruel child pull the wings off flies.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
November 1, 2004
Saw is all gristle and no meaty scares
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
May 4, 2005
Saw's overly elaborate, sporadically effective do-or-die games ultimately don't make the cut.
October 29, 2004
Though it has its share of unsettling moments, it's not nearly as scary as it wants to be.
Full Review | Original Score: C
October 28, 2004
If every year has a Showgirls, Saw is the prime candidate for 2004.
Full Review | Original Score: F
September 27, 2007
There is such a storm of terrible dialogue in Saw as to legitimately draw comparisons to none less than Ed Wood.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
October 28, 2004
You may scream & wince more from the pain of witnessing poor Cary Elwes overact his way through the film than you will from all the bloody scenes in Saw added together.
| Original Score: C
November 3, 2004
Wan struggles to bring this hallow hedonistic horror show to its full potential. Sadly, this Saw doesn't quite cut through the tumultuous malarkey
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
December 14, 2004
I couldn't stop laughing through the whole mess, and unless you have a high tolerance for pretentious, nonsensical, unscary crap, you'll be laughing, too.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
October 28, 2004
I can't quite work up the nerve to fully recommend it (that ending is really awful) but I do appreciate the energy and skill that it has been made with.
December 27, 2007
Effectively ugly.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 27, 2004
An unsatisfying copout that falls apart five minutes after you leave the theater
| Original Score: 2.5/5
October 28, 2004
As gory a guilty pleasure as Saw is at the outset, it falls prey to the postulate that no one knows how to end a thriller without resorting to surprise without sense.
Full Review| Original Score: 2/4
November 1, 2004
Chooses gore for the sake of gore, and cuts its own throat.
Full Review | Original Score: D
October 22, 2004
Predictably, the twists exist for their own sake and aren't grounded in character or theme.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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