Saw IV

2007

Saw IV

Critics Consensus

Saw IV is more disturbing than compelling, with material already seen in the prior installments.

19%

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Total Count: 80

62%

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User Ratings: 569,239
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Jigsaw, as well as his apprentice Amanda, have died. After hearing of Detective Kerry's murder, two veteran FBI agents, Agent Strahm and Agent Perez, assist Detective Hoffman in sorting out the remains of Jigsaw's last game. However, SWAT Team Commander Rigg has been put into a deadly game himself, and has only an hour and a half to prevail over a series of twisted, horrifying traps to save an old friend, as well as himself, from a grisly demise.

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Critic Reviews for Saw IV

All Critics (80) | Top Critics (21) | Fresh (15) | Rotten (65)

  • If violence is going to be your calling card, you have to make a choice: big gore or horrific exploitation. You don't get to do both.

    Oct 27, 2017 | Full Review…
  • Like the movie's mysterious Jigsaw doppelgänger, Saw IV is itself a poor substitute for the original (or even the first two sequels).

    Nov 1, 2007 | Full Review…
  • The reports of torture porn's demise may have been greatly exaggerated, but this fourth entry in the mutilate-yourself-or-die series joins what may be the worst genre of the decade: the lamely ''sympathetic'' serial-killer backstory.

    Oct 31, 2007 | Rating: D+ | Full Review…
  • It's deeply unsettling; just like a horror movie should be.

    Oct 30, 2007 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Jamie Russell

    BBC.com
    Top Critic
  • This death trap may be rusty, but as long as it keeps generating fresh blood, it's unlikely to slam shut anytime soon.

    Oct 29, 2007 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • Just as Jigsaw tests his victims, the franchise's own test will be whether such suspension can be maintained, or if matters lapse into a torture chamber of self-parody.

    Oct 29, 2007

    Robert Koehler

    Variety
    Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Saw IV

  • Mar 04, 2016
    Saw 4 changes its tone to a cat and mouse chase across the city as Rigg must rce through time to save his fellow cops. There were many plot holes and the killing was more senseless than the previous instalment, fans would enjoy the gorier traps but it lacks any real substance.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • Dec 22, 2015
    This film is big mess and has one of the worse twist the franchise has ever had. The film was gory for the sake of being gory and the only redeeming factor of this film was the ok acting and the backstory for the Jigsaw killer. I give this film 3/10.
    Sonny H Super Reviewer
  • Oct 31, 2015
    Convoluted tripe, Saw IV is a confusing and pointless entry into the series. After learning that missing police detective Eric Matthews is alive, Lieutenant Daniel Rigg attempts to save him by embarking on a series of trials that have been setup by Jigsaw to lead him to Matthews. Taking place concurrently with the last film, the series chronology gets really messy and hard to follow. Additionally, the characters aren't that interesting, and neither are the stakes. Yet there are some clever plot twists and reveals that are quite shocking. Saw IV jumps the shark a bit, but it deserves some points for its attempt to do something bold and unconventional with the series mythology.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Apr 07, 2015
    Strange and uncompelling, Saw IV manages to retain all the gracelessness the series seems so proud to not have, yet loses hope for a good story to continue on. After Saw IV, the series dips into retreading the same path and its just not as interesting anymore. Jigsaw is gone and dead in this one, and it really feels like the franchise has too. The flashbacks are immensely fun however as you learn more about the characters you thought were dead and gone, collecting dust in your cabinets and making you want to re-watch the first three films.
    Harry W Super Reviewer

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