Saw III (2006) - Rotten Tomatoes

Saw III (2006)



Critic Consensus: Saw III does little beyond repeating its predecessor's tropes on a gorier level.

Movie Info

Jigsaw (Tobin Bell) is back, and this time he's concocted his deadliest set of traps yet in this gore-soaked sequel written by James Wan and Leigh Whannell, and directed by Saw II's Darren Lynn Bousman. Picking up directly where its predecessor left off, Saw III finds Jigsaw near death and fighting to stay alive for one final game. Determined to show his protégé, Amanda (Shawnee Smith), what it truly means to carry out his deadly game, the ailing Jigsaw instructs his apprentice to kidnap unsuspecting doctor Lynn Denlon (Bahar Soomekh) in order to ensure that he survives long enough to see how his latest victim Jeff (Angus MacFadyen) fares when faced with the prospect of imminent death. As Lynn and Jeff both struggle to beat the clock and carry out their tasks before Jigsaw draws his final breath, a much larger plan begins to emerge that shows just how cunning the legendary killer can truly be.more
Rating: R (for strong grisly violence and gore, sequences of terror and torture, nudity and language)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Horror
Directed By:
Written By: Leigh Whannell
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 23, 2007
Box Office: $80.2M
Lionsgate Films - Official Site


Tobin Bell
as John Cramer/Jigsaw
Bahar Soomekh
as Dr. Lynn Denlon
Donnie Wahlberg
as Eric Matthews
Barry Flatman
as Judge Halden
Debra Lynne McCabe
as Denica Scott
Costas Mandylor
as Forensic Hoffman
Jane Luk
as Nurse
Niamh Wilson
as Corbett
Kim Roberts
as Deborah
Paul Brian Anderson
as Doctor No. 1
Zoe Heath
as Female Forensic
Billy Parrott
as Male Nurse
Franky G
as Xavier (Dead)
Kelly Jones
as SWAT Member Pete
Vincent Rother
as SWAT Member Joe
Nicholas Kaegi
as Young Boy
Marc Poyser
as Gun Shot Victim
Dan Sudek
as Aftermath Cop
Brian Paul
as Doctor No. 1
Show More Cast

News & Interviews for Saw III

Critic Reviews for Saw III

All Critics (90) | Top Critics (23)

God or Jack Valenti only knows how this work of pure entertainment got an R rating 'for strong grisly violence and gore, sequences of terror and torture, nudity and language.'

Full Review… | November 7, 2006
Village Voice
Top Critic

Images jump, blip, strobe, and shock like an epileptic seizure - all the result of director Darren Lynn Bousman's lack of trust in his screenplay.

Full Review… | February 1, 2010

Witness the distortion of the series' original premise bastardized by those who believe they know better.

Full Review… | October 31, 2009
Cinema Sight

The power of "Saw III" lies not in the gore, torture, or tension, but in the relationship between Amanda and Jigsaw.

Full Review… | April 29, 2009
Cinema Crazed

The extreme gore is gratuitous, and character development non-existent in a movie packed with the cookie-cutter visual design of the previous two films. Torturer, victim and audience become one.

Full Review… | April 24, 2009

Staying mostly faithful to the successful blueprint of its two earlier installments, Saw III is an adequate sequel that works well enough on its own terms.

Full Review… | July 23, 2008

Audience Reviews for Saw III

This third chapter goes really beyond the high level of gore seen in the first two, pleasing the fans of the series (and gore-fest) but proving to be nearly unbearable for all others. Not as original though but still with a surprising conclusion.

Carlos Magalhăes

Super Reviewer


Saw 3 is the the end of the trilogy of Jigsaw, but its just another Saw sequel that doesn't live up to the first. The plot is actually getting cliche and the same with every movie, but I still am that kind of person who completely loves the mysterious endings of the Saw films. The cast is ok I guess, I can't complain but if their is a Oscar for screaming your A$$ off to being tortured, these people would win. Saw 3 is not a bad film actually, but the problem is that (just like the second film) the movie just doesn't have that sense of excitement like the first, and i'm pretty sure none of the sequels will.

Jim Careter

Super Reviewer


Without a doubt my favourite Saw movie. The whole point of this movie, which I think some people miss, is to bring the standard "shock" of just how twisted some of the torture scenes are to a personal level. If you have kids, the themes hit you a little harder than any of the other themes in any other Saw movie. However, like every Saw movie, the plot becomes tiring as the twists and turns start to nauseate you rather than engross you. Slow down Bousman, my head hurts.

Unknown Hobo

Super Reviewer

Saw III Quotes

– Submitted by Hunter H (2 years ago)
– Submitted by Rob B (4 years ago)
– Submitted by Rob B (4 years ago)
– Submitted by Virginia L (4 years ago)

Discussion Forum

Discuss Saw III on our Movie forum!