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Saw Reviews

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Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
October 28, 2004
Why don't serial killers just kill people anymore?
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Top Critic
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 28, 2010
More grisly than scary; not for kids.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Aaron Hillis
Premiere Magazine
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
Top Critic
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
November 1, 2004
Saw has art-house ambitions, but it's nothing but a glorified snuff film. I despised this movie.
Top Critic
David Hiltbrand
Philadelphia Inquirer
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
Christian Toto
Washington Times
November 1, 2004
Saw is all gristle and no meaty scares
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
May 4, 2005
Saw's overly elaborate, sporadically effective do-or-die games ultimately don't make the cut.
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
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
Brian Orndorf
October 28, 2004
If every year has a Showgirls, Saw is the prime candidate for 2004.
Full Review | Original Score: F
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
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
Rebecca Murray
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.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Frank Ochieng
Movie Eye
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
David Cornelius
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
Peter Sobczynski
Critic Doctor
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.
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound
December 27, 2007
Effectively ugly.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Christopher Null
October 27, 2004
An unsatisfying copout that falls apart five minutes after you leave the theater
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Nick Rogers
State Journal-Register (Springfield, IL)
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
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)
November 1, 2004
Chooses gore for the sake of gore, and cuts its own throat.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Jeremiah Kipp
Slant Magazine
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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